The secret to perfectly chilled wine is more simple than you think.
On a recent trip to Portugal, I went up to the bar and ordered myself a glass of white wine. No frills; just straight up house wine. I watched the bartender in awe with slight confusion as she swirled a handful of ice in a wine glass. Sure, we’ve seen something similar when pouring a cocktail, but this was a first with wine. And I can honestly say, that one little trick made the experience of sipping my wine so much better.
When not chilled, white wine is, simply put, unpleasant. Even a nice bottle of wine can leave you with a sour taste in your mouth if it’s leaning on the warmer side. So beyond always chilling your bottle of white, do yourself a favor and chill your glass, too—the right way.
Here's how to channel your inner sommelier. Place a handful of ice in a wine glass and slosh it around in a circular motion until the exterior of the glass is frosty. Dump the ice and pour the wine into the chilled glass. Ta-da! This trick will help your wine stay chilled longer as you drink it.
As the temperatures climb, this bit of wisdom couldn’t have come at a better time. Frankly, I plan to use it year-round to make sure my wine stays nice and cool. If you’re looking for some good affordable wine, Gato Negro Sauvignon Blanc is fresh with a fruity finish. Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Réserve Blanc is another easy-drinking white wine we love. It’s aromatic and perfectly balanced. And if you’re wondering, yes, a nice chilled glass also works splendidly with rosé.
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If this brilliant tip made you crave something cooler than a nice chilled glass of wine, then perhaps you'd prefer a wine slushie. Here’s how to do a wine slushie just right. For something with more of a kick, get this Amaretto Sour slushy into rotation. Apply the same glass-cooling tip to keep it icy longer.