Chilled Wines for Your Spring Fever
by Sydney Mayfield
I’ve been having Spring Fever, lately. The flowers are blooming, the trees are returning to a healthy green color, and the temperatures are rising. These longer sunny days are perfect for enjoying a glass of wine on the porch to conclude the day. What kind of wine would be in your glass? I have been craving crisp white wines, such as Viognier and a dry rosé. It’s about that time of year when you, too, will be in search for the perfect chilled wine to enjoy during this new season!
Keeping your wine cold to the very end – Are you the type who likes their wine cold to the last drop? I am afraid to ask, but are you also the type who likes to put ice cubes in your wine? Oh, no! Don’t do it. Rather than watering down the tasty wine that you have purchased, how about throwing some frozen grapes in your wine? Guaranteed to keep your wine cold until you finish… and then you have a snack at the bottom of the glass! Or, if you aren’t into that suggestion, there are several types of glasses out there that you stick in the freezer; much like a frosty beer mug!
How to chill a bottle, fast – Have you been invited to an impromptu party? If you do not happen to have a chilled bottle of wine ready to go and no time to run to the store, fear not! Here are a few ways to chill your bottle in 20 minutes or less:
• Just add salt! Put that bottle in a bucket of ice, water, and salt. Salt reduces the freezing point of water and allows it to become colder, chilling your wine in no time.
• Wet it down: Get wet paper towels or a clean dish towel, wrap around your bottle of wine, and stick in the freezer. An icy cold towel against the glass bottle ensures that the entire surface is getting cold.
• Decant, first: Smaller amounts of liquid chill faster. So if you are really in a jam, pour your wine into glasses or decanters and place in the fridge or freezer.
EdenVale Winery has an excellent selection of wines, and wine accessories, available at both tasting rooms. Stop by either one and let our knowledgeable staff help you pick out your new favorite wine.