White and rosé wines are meant to be served chilled. How chilled? Like all things wine related, it boils down to preference. BUT, we suggest white and rosés from Bordeaux to be served at around 43 – 49 degrees or ‘just out of the fridge level’ cool. Why? For lighter bodied whites and rosés, particularly young value Bordeaux, wines show their best with a little chill.
If you’re lacking time or resources, here are a few tips on how to cool off, quickly!
1. Just A Spoonful of Salt Lets the Sauvignon Blanc Go Down (Chilled)
Through the magic of science, salt speeds up cooling time. Simply rest your warm wine bottle in a bucket of ice and water and add a few tablespoons of Salt. According to Yum Sugar, “Salt reduces the freezing point of water and allows it to become colder without turning into ice, which in turn chills your wine more quickly.” Give the bottle a few spins to speed up the process.
2. Bounty Your Bordeaux
We’re not sure why this works but we’ve tested it, and it works! Simply drench a paper towel or kitchen towel in water, wrap it around your bottle and place it in the freezer. In just under ten minutes, your white wine should be drink ready.
3. Fruit Ice
Instead of using ice and horrifying the wine lover in your life, keep some frozen grapes or berries in your freezer to chill down your warm glass of white.
4. Freezer Packs
If you have a freezer pack and a pitcher, you’re in luck. Make sure both tools are clean, obviously, then place the freezer pack in the pitcher. Run the bottle of wine over the pack, keeping the integrity of the wine intact and cooling down your wine to appropriate temps.
5. Be Prepared
Given this exact issue, there are a number of products on the market that might come in handy for the future. For instance, the Corkcicle is exactly what you expect it to be, a non toxic freezer gel, shaped like an icicle that takes the hassle out of chilling wine. Or, this neoprene wine jacket that claims to chill wine in 5 minutes and keep it cool for 3 hours!
Do you have a cool wine cooling hack? Let us know in the comments section!