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How to Quickly Chill Wine

The doorbell rings, your guests are here, and—uh-oh—you forgot to chill the wine. This video shows a quick, clever cool-down trick that will have you sipping in no time.

What You Need:

wine bucket, ice, cold water, bottle of wine, salt

Follow These Four Easy Steps:

  1. How To: Quickly Chill Wine Step 11Add ice to the bucket

    Fill it a little more than halfway.

  2. How To: Quickly Chill Wine Step 22Add cold water

    It should just cover the ice cubes.

  3. How To: Quickly Chill Wine Step 33Add salt

    Two handfuls should do it.

  4. How To: Quickly Chill Wine Step 44Add the bottle and stir

    The wine should be ready to serve in 25 to 30 minutes. Be sure to wipe the bottle well, removing all salt, before opening it.

    Tip: To keep a bottle cool, strap an ice pack onto wine with a rubber band. Wrap a tea towel around both to disguise your wine cooler.