How to Chill Your Wine Fast

How To Chill Your Wine Fast

When the summer season rolls around, it is more likely that you may have impromptu gatherings that you were not prepared for.  You would like to serve wine, but you don’t have any that is chilled. Putting it into the fridge can take up to 2 hours to chill.  I don’t know about you, but I have had the lovely experience of trying to cool wine quickly in the freezer, and getting distracted.  I have had to clean up the result!

Luckily for you, there are ways to quickly chill your wine.  And to top it off, these strategies can be fun and add some visual delight to your glass of wine.  You guests will think you planned it that way!

Use Frozen Fruit to Chill Your Wine

The best way to satisfy the “instant gratification” is to add frozen fruit to your Chill Your Wineglass of wine.  Most people have some sort of frozen fruit in their freezer.  This method of cooling the wine, is by the glass, not the whole bottle. The frozen fruit will cool the wine in such a way that your can nurse a drink without diluting it, as is the case with ice cubes. While you are drinking your wine, and munching the fruit, the bottle can continue to cool in the fridge.

If you are more prepared, freezing grapes in advance , for use in chilling a glass of wine, is ideal.  Grapes are the perfect size, they closely mimic an ice cube.  Given the attributes of the skin of a grape, they become the ideal cooling unit.  The grapes’ skin is a natural barrier which will not allow the flavour of the grape to alter the flavour of the wine.

Whichever fruit you chose, they will absorb the wine, giving you a delicious snack at the end of your drink.

There are no hard and fast rules about pairing frozen fruit with a wine.  As far as I’m concerned, you work with what you have.  However, Delish has created the pairing guide below.

Frozen fruit in Wine


Paper Towel Wrap

This is a method that I have not used, but people say it will chill your wine fast.

You take wet/damp paper towels and wrap them around your bottle of wine. Next, you place the wet-towel-wrapped wine bottle in to the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes.  This will significantly lower the temperature of the wine.  The reduces the cooling time by about an hour and a half.  Again, do not forget the bottle of wine in the freezer.  Even though wine has alcohol in it, it can still freeze.. If the wine in the bottle is allowed to freeze, the liquid expands as it freezes, and it will burst the bottle.  This makes on heck of a mess.  Advice: Set a timer!



Also, if a bottle has been forgotten, and it still appears to be liquid, there is a caution.  If the wine is close to freezing temperature and you open it, as soon as the air temperature comes in contact with the wine, it will start to crystalize .   As this happens it will overflow the bottle.  Sometimes until there is none left.  You will have a mess and you will have lost your wine.  If you think this might happen, open the bottle in the kitchen sink.

Salted Iced Bath

This will cool bottles of wine in about 15 minutes.  Basically, you will put your bottles of wine in the bottom of a tub and pour ice over them.  Next you add salted cold water.  Adding the salt will lower the freezing point of the water.  To speed the chilling process, rotate the bottles occasionally.



When it comes to wine, I try to be prepared.  But there will always be times when an unexpected guest arrives, and, you gotta have your wine!  I have put these quick wine cooling tips to the test more than once!  The one I favour is using frozen fruit.  It almost turns the wine into a sangria!

Here’s to Keeping Cool this summer!

If you have any questions of comments, I welcome them below.Judy



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  1. Darcy

    June 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Oh wow! I very unique post here. I sadly cannot drink and I do not care for artificial wine, but I am going to send this post to friends who love hosting events. They will find this very helpful!

    1. Judith

      June 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you for the comment. I appreciate the vote of confidence.

  2. Deanna

    June 24, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Love your tips on wine. Never had a bottle burst, but I can imagine the mess. Great idea about freezing fruit looks like an elegant touch. Thanks, Deanna

    1. Judith

      June 24, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you for your comment. The frozen fruit works for chilling, is yummy, and it looks great!

  3. David Donahue

    July 3, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Great info on wine and I like the fact you added a video. My days of drinking anything alcoholic are long gone but I wish I had this info earlier. My only experience with wine was Port Wine and that wasn’t exactly a positive experience.

    1. Judith

      July 3, 2017 at 6:47 am

      Thank you for the comment. Port Wine is a specialty, which can be very strong. It is typically served in small amounts.

  4. brent walker

    August 8, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    These are some great ideas. I will have to give them a try. I have put a few beer in the freezer to drink sooner and yes forgot about them, Not nice cleaning up a broken beer that froze in your freezer

    1. Judith

      August 8, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you for the comment. Yes, sometimes we forget what we are doing, and before you know it, it is too late. Using a real Wine Cooler is helpful

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