By Kelli B. Grant
Senior consumer reporter and “Deal of the Day” columnist Kelli B. Grant samples gourmet treats and fancy kitchen gadgets at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C.
Consumers without a wine cellar may be able to fake it, thanks to a new device that chills bottles from the inside.
It may not impress the purists and oenophiles, but frozen and then inserted into a bottle, the $25 Corkcicle promises to keep wines chilled to an ideal 55 degrees for an hour, says company partner Stephen Bruner. A bottle of red gets a slight chill, to “cellar temp.” “Unless you live in a European castle, your red wine is probably a little too warm,” he says. Wine expert Natalie MacLean says the device might be preferable to an ice bucket or other gadgets that cool wine rapidly — which may alter the taste.
But the Corkcicle isn’t a perfect replacement for the fridge: it won’t get a bottle of white cold enough to drink, Bruner says. The reusable tool also needs time in the freezer between uses. MacLean warns that consumers should make sure there aren’t water particles on the exterior that could melt into the wine and dilute it.