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Not Your Father’s Wine Cooler

Forget to put a bottle of wine in the fridge? The Drink Chiller is to the rescue. Photograph courtesy of Hammacher-Schlemmer.

Here’s a gadget even the most jaded wine drinker might like: a toaster-size chiller that drops a bottle of white wine to the perfect temperature in about six minutes.

For those times when you forgot to put a bottle in the fridge or a dinner guest brings the ideal wine for the first course, the One-Minute Drink Chiller comes to the rescue faster than an ice bucket or the freezer. Just add ice and water, and the machine will chill a bottle of white to the low 50s Fahrenheit by gently turning it and spraying it with ice water. Reds reach “cellar temperature” in about a minute; sodas and beer reach fridge temperature in about the same time. Be careful, though—the “max fill” line is hard to see, and adding too much water can cause a flood on your counter.

The chiller comes with a 12-volt car adapter, useful for tailgate parties or when you’re rushing home from the wine store with a Grand Cru Chablis. It’s $90 from Ham­macher Schlemmer.

This article appeared in the December, 2007 issue of The Washingtonian.
  • Wines are at their best when kept at certain temperatures which would not be enough to store your ordinary refrigerator contents and cannot be provided by your regular refrigerator.

  • Looks like it would be of great use!

  • Wine refrigerators keep your wines ready to be enjoyed at any moment while ensuring that they stay in their best taste and flavor even if stored for long periods. Choosing between a refrigerator and a wine cooler is easy.

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