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.
- Place the champagne (or Sauvignon Blanc or Rosé) in an ice bucket.
- Fill with ice, but not overly so.
- Add several glasses of water, so the bottle is floating in icy water and is fully submerged up to the neck.
- 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.
- 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!