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Newbie (2)
Location: CA, US

Nov 19, 2008 08:24 PM

So I got into a pretty heated debated with some of my buddies about chilling wine quickly -- like the rapid chillers you see in the grocery store, or spinning the bottle in a bucket of ice. They say it's bad for the wine. I don't see how.

What's the consensus around here?

Buzzed (30)
Location: CA, US

Dec 02, 2008 05:02 PM

Wines that are too cold will exhibit less pronounced bouquet and flavors. These will become more evident as the wine warms.

The best way to chill a bottle of wine is in an ice bucket or something that can act as an ice bucket. Fill a bucket 2/3 full with a mixture of half ice and half water. Be sure to add the water since ice alone will not chill the wine as quickly. Put a bottle in the solution and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes. Add rock salt to the ice and water to chill the wine a bit more rapidly. Using ice without water will take more than an hour to chill properly. Use the water.

Another way to chill your wine is to put it in a refrigerator. Expect to leave the wine in the refrigerator for at least two hours in order to completely chill it.

Never put wine in a freezer. You expect that you will check the bottle often to keep it from freezing. You will probably check for the first bottle or two or even three but eventually you will have a mostly frozen, broken bottle mess in your freezer. And even if you do keep the focus and manage to chill a bottle with the freezer method, it will still take longer than using ice and water.

Fermenting (10)
Location: CA, US

Feb 10, 2009 08:25 PM

I'm honestly a fan of drinking reds AND whites at room temperature (or close to it). the colder the white the less you can actually taste it! it takes a bit to get used to it, but once you do, you'll really start to appreciate it! forego the chilling!

Newbie (3)
Location: CA, US

Mar 07, 2009 10:21 AM

Din't know that ice and water will chill faster than the freezer. Great tip, I'm always looking for a way to quick chill a bottle when i want on or when guests pop in :0)


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