When it comes to keeping wine cold, I’ve tried it all. From the Corksicle to an ice-filled wine koozie, I’ve had varying success with wine gadgets. And then I was asked to try Vinglacé. I’m now convinced 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 cooler like no other I’ve encountered. There’s no ice pouches, no 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 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. 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 truly stayed cold for approximately two hours. I also tried Champagne, which stayed at my preferred icy temperature for about the same amount of time.
Best of all, it’s mess-free and environmentally friendly. No more wasting water, dripping it all over the floor. 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 cooler choice for me.
If I have one beef with Vinglacé, it would be that it 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 also had the problem on occasion with Champagne bottles that I couldn’t get the lid back off. (Because it’s a tighter fit with a Champagne or sparkling wine bottle, 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 wine cooler as a gift
But such a minor setback doesn’t stop me from calling this the best wine cooler I’ve ever tried. 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 click your way to a gift they will use for years.
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