The Fast and Easy Way to Chill Champagne

Katie Sweeney
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Although I always have a bottle of sparkling wine chilling in the fridge, around this time of year when random guests are stopping by and everyone is in the mood for a glass of bubbles, sometimes I’ll need a second bottle of champagne. In this case, I run to the pantry and grab my house bubbles. However it must be chilled as quickly as possible—nobody wants to wait for a second glass of sparkling rosé! What’s the best way to chill a bottle of wine? Don’t stick it in the freezer, instead do what the smart sommelier does. Here is the technique.

  1. Place the champagne (or Sauvignon Blanc or Rosé) in an ice bucket.
  2. Fill with ice, but not overly so.
  3. Add several glasses of water, so the bottle is floating in icy water and is fully submerged up to the neck.
  4. Add 4-6 tablespoons of salt to the bucket and give it a quick stir or swirl around the bottle. When salt is added to water it will lower it's freezing point and make it colder quicker.
  5. Put a timer on for 16 minutes. Once it beeps, the champers will be chilled and ready to drink. Enjoy!

Need a good affordable bubbly? I recommend the limited holiday edition of Chandon, one of my favorite California sparklers.

Will you be drinking champagne on New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

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