When it comes to keeping wine cold, I’ve tried it all. From the Corksicle to a thermal wine bottle koozie, some are fairly good wine coolers but in general, I’ve had varying success with wine gadgets.
And then I was invited to try the Vinglacé wine chiller. I’m now convinced this single bottle wine chiller is the world’s best wine cooler. I realize I’m about to sound like Billy Mays on one of his supercharged commercials. But I can’t help it. I really love this insulated wine holder.
A wine chiller like no other
Vinglacé makes a wine bottle chiller like no other I’ve encountered. There are no ice pouches, no pre-chilling, no loading it up with stacks of ice cubes. It’s as low-tech as a wine gadget gets.
You just unscrew the top, load in the bottle and screw the top back on. Pull the cork and you’ve got cold wine for hours. And that’s why, in this Vinglacé wine chiller review, I’m declaring this simple wine lover’s tool as the best wine cooler–perhaps of all time.
What makes it the best wine cooler?
This low-tech gadget works simply by smart design. It’s a stainless steel, double-walled cylinder with vacuum insulation.
My Vinglacé wine chiller review
This simple wine bottle chiller wins points for ease of use. A simple two-piece design, all you have to do is screw on the top and go.
And it truly keeps wine at drinking temperature for several hours in a normal environment. But just to test it to its limits, I even tried it on a humid day at the beach during a heatwave. The wine bottled fitted snuggly inside the Vinglacé white wine chiller stayed cold for two hours. But I’d say a couple of hours is its limit in extreme heat and sun. Still, that should give you enough time to drain the bottle.
I also tried using the Vinglacé cooler with Champagne, (in normal, non-heatwave conditions). The sparkling wine stayed at my preferred, icy temperature for about the same amount of time. But again, two to three hours is the limit for keeping a frigid chill on a bottle of bubbly.
But in addition to keeping wine at just the right temperature, this single bottle chiller gets high marks for being among the most mess-free and environmentally friendly wine thermoses I’ve tried.
I love that it doesn’t waste water.
I also love that I never have the cleanup from dripping water all over the floor. (Am I the only one who spills the water in a wine bucket?) You don’t have to wrap the bottle in a towel (that you’ll later have to wash), to avoid dripping condensation on your friends.
And since I’m both lazy and phobic when it comes to having ice water drip down my arm, this really is the best wine chilling gadget for me.
Note that this wine bottle insulator does not fit all bottle shapes
If I have one beef with this Vinglacé thermos, it would be that the wine cooler does not hold all bottle sizes as the company promises. Because of their not-so-standard shapes, the cooler lid doesn’t fit all Bordeaux, Riesling or Champagne bottles.
I had one additional issue when using it as a cooler for Champagne.
Occasionally, I had the problem that I couldn’t get the lid back off the Vinglacé cooler once the bottle was empty. Because it’s a tighter fit with a Champagne or sparkling wine bottle, I occasionally found that once the lid was screwed on tightly, the seal held so well that I had to wait until the bottle warmed up to get it back open. It’s fine if you’re only drinking one bottle. But when you want to switch one bottle out for the second, you might be out of luck.
Give this white wine chiller as a gift
But such a minor setback doesn’t stop me from calling this the best wine bottle cooler I’ve ever tried.
And the makers have really considered the gifting element in the design. The cooler is sleek and attractive in stainless steel but it also comes in a variety of colors like coral and copper, to match the recipient’s home design style.
So, next time you’re looking for a gift for a wine lover, skip wandering through a wine store trying to find them a bottle they’ve never tried. Just click over to The Grommet website and order this gift your favorite wine lover will use for years. Or order it from Amazon. (Free shipping with Prime!) They even have a set with the wine chilling bucket and two matching, insulated glasses.
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