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How to Chill Wine Quickly

Simple Tip: When Chilling Wine, Add Salt and Water

The next time you need a bottle of bubbly to be cold quickly do what I do: add salt and water to the ice bucket. Simply layer ice with a couple tablespoons of salt and pour in water. The wine will chill in about 15 minutes — more rapidly than it would in the freezer. The addition of water creates a more chilly surface area and the salt speeds the drop in the water's temperature. The result? One cold bottle of wine. Have you ever chilled wine this way?

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DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 7 years
Another easy option is to dampen a cloth (or paper towel) with water and wrap it around the bottle you're trying to chill. Stick that whole thing in the freezer for a quick chill - more surface area = faster chilling!
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
I've never chilled this way.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Not wine, but I always speed chill beer this way. I fill up a cooler with ice and salt and throw some beers in so they get cold REALLY fast.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
i have chilled all kinds of bottled drinks i take a bucket and fill it with ice and add a little water snow works too i have never tried adding salt
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