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.