How to chill a bottle of wine in less than THREE minutes
How to chill a bottle of wine in less than THREE minutes – and the other ingenious ways to cool your festive fizz
- This trick means you will never have to endure another bottle of warm wine
- The hack has been revealed by a master sommelier so it’s proven to work
- It doesn’t involve freezing wine, nor does it involve adding ice to your drink
If you’re well-organised, chances are you’ve always got a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge in case guests happen to drop by.
But what to do if you need to serve your favourite prosecco or sauvignon blanc and it hasn’t had time to cool?
While a 10-minute stint in the freezer seems like a quick way to deal with the problem, unfortunately, that solution only produces semi-cooled wine.
And if you think adding ice cubes to your favourite tipple will work, think again, as not only will this not cool wine, but it will also water it down.
But now, thanks to some insider information from a master sommelier, the days of warm wine are a thing of the past – and his trick uses just ice cubes and salt.
If you’re well-organised, chances are you’ve always got a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge in case guests happen to drop by (stock image)
Speaking to MyDomaine, resident wine connoisseur at The Resort at Paws Up Brian McClintic revealed there is a method he uses to chill wine if he is caught short.
The master sommelier, who is just one of 200 people in the world to hold this prestigious title, said when faced with such emergencies a bag of ice and some salt is a sure-fire way of cooling wine.
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The process involves creating an ice-water bath, one that also includes a liberal sprinkling of salt.
Mr McClintic also said for this to be effective, the bottle also needs to be fully placed in the water.
‘An ice-water bath with plenty of salt works like a charm, the sommelier told the publication.
‘The full bottle should be submerged.’
A bag of salt and some ice is a quick method for cooling wine fast, according to master sommelier Brian McClintic (stock image)
The method works like a science experime in that the salt brings the temperature of liquid down but it doesn’t allow it to freeze.
When questioned as to exactly how much salt was needed for this hack to work, Mr McClinic advised ‘a liberal amount’.
‘What happens is the bottle is encased in ice and therefore comes down in temperature much more quickly,’ he said.
Other ways you can chill wine fast:
The newspaper method: Wrap a bottle of room temperature champagne tightly in a wet sheet of newspaper, then lie it on its side in the freezer for 20 minutes.
Frozen grapes as ice cubes: Frozen green grapes can be added to a glass of champagne to cool it down fast. The grapes work like ice cubes and absorb the heat from the wine to chill it – and they won’t dilute your drink either.
The frozen jacket: This is a flexible plastic sleeve with a drawstring top and inner gel compartments that fits snugly over a bottle of champagne. Once frozen and slipped over a bottle, the sleeve will chill room-temperature champagne in five minutes and keep a cold bottle cool for hours, according to its makers.
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