What is the fastest way to chill a bottle of white wine?
Summer is finally here and temperatures are heating up! Some of you live in record-breaking heat areas, giving this quick and easy method of chilling a bottle of wine its day in the sun. Plus, if you have wines being delivered from any of our 6 wine clubs, you'll want to get them out of the heat as soon as possible and into a cool area.
So, if you need a bottle of white (or red) wine chilled in a hurry, don’t fret – and don’t put it in the freezer! Here’s a simple, guaranteed quick method to chill that bottle fast.
Step 1: Place the bottle in a large bucket and fill with ice and cold water. The bucket should be big enough that most of the bottle is submerged in the ice water.
Step 2: Add a large handful of salt to the ice water. The salt reduces the freezing point of water and will help lower the temperature quite a bit. Your wine club wines will be ready to go in just 15 minutes!
But why does it matter? Aside from the obvious reason being that it's hot outside and a cold glass of wine is a much needed relief, but also because the best attributes of a wine will come through at the right temperature, which leads us to another common question: How does a wine’s temperature affect the way it tastes and smells?
Well, wine temperature is one of the most commonly overlooked guidelines when serving wine, and it greatly affects the taste and aromas of wine. If a wine is served too warm, the alcohol tends to evaporate quickly, unbalancing the wine and causing it to lose structure and body, in addition to distorting the aromatics. If a wine is served too cold, the aromas can be withheld, while acidity and tannins are emphasized. Since all of the wines we send out in our wine of the month clubs are fantastic, high quality wines, we want you to enjoy them at their very best!
As a general rule of thumb, it’s ideal to serve red wines slightly cooler than room temperature (roughly 65°F), white and Rosé wines much cooler, and preferably chilled (roughly 55°F), and finally aim to serve sparking wines and Champagne even colder (roughly 45°F).
There you have it! We have so many wonderful new wines that are featured in our wine of the month clubs each month, as well as a number of past features, which you can find in our online Wine Store. Plus, our Summer Sale has begun! Find wines from all of our wine clubs at up to 55% off!
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