There is a lot of good stuff that can be found in the freezer: ice cream, frozen pizza, ice. Beer, however, is not one of these items. Now, of course, there is nothing stopping anybody from placing a warm beer in the chiller to cool it down quickly and easily; nothing, that is, except for bad memories. Sooner or later, a bottle of beer put into the freezer gets forgotten about. The resulting beer explosion not only results in a ruined beer, but also in beer-coated ice cream, pizza, and ice. While beer flavored ice cream may not necessarily be … Read more
There are any number of ways things can get messy when cracking open a bottle of wine. For the purposes of this discussion, however, we shall limit the conversation but to one: the ice bucket. When chilling wine in a soupy bath of cold water, inevitably drips and drops progress from bottle to bucket to everywhere else. Though there may be no getting around the occasional spill of the wine, the wine bottle, however, can be safely ensconced in place as it rests in its chiller.
It's not easy to keep a wine collection on hand ready to be served at the correct temperature. First, of course, are money matters. Not many of us have the disposable income just waiting to be put toward a wine cellar. Even living in a land of make-believe where money is no object, the next roadblock may be a much more down to earth consideration: space. It's not always easy to find room for cases of wine. But knock down the price of storage as well as the space needed and all of a sudden, having a few … Read more
Years upon years of collective experience has taught wine lovers the knowledge of what specific temperatures are best to serve different types of wine. No matter if you follow these recommended temperature settings or just need a way to make wine that is supposed to be cold, cold, you are going to need a way to chill your wine.
The Sharper Image Double Wine Chiller is a double-barreled tabletop wine chiller. Capable of chilling wine to a specified temperature from a list of 70 presets, the two-chambered chiller helps to chill two bottles of different wines at their correct temperatures. … Read more
Neoprene is great fun. The stretchy wetsuit material is almost as good as duct tape for all manner of inventive uses. Except neoprene is more fun (and fixes fewer things). While duct tape may have the advantage when it comes to fixing broken things, neoprene helps us out in a more supportive way. Aside from protecting our bodies while in the ocean, the material is capable of wrapping around most any object, forming a layer of protection for what it covers. I've seen it used for anything from camera cases to laptop cases, but this may be its best … Read more
Wine never seems to be at the correct temperature when you want it to be. Oh, sure, there are wine refrigeration systems and chillers galore, but the fact of the matter is that when it's time to pour, quite often the bottle isn't as ready as you are. The result is usually an open bottle of wine getting progressively colder as it rests in the fridge. The end of the bottle might make it to an ideal temperature, but the same respect should be reserved for the first sip, too.
For those times when the wine you want … Read more
Having a chilled bottle of wine by your side on a nice, warm day is one of life's little pleasures. The problem is, sometimes there is no cooling device nearby. Certainly, it isn't easy to lug a refrigerator to whatever pleasant hillside or beach shore you may be picnicking on. (Never mind the extension cord!) Ice buckets are nice and all, but soon you have a large puddle of water making everything soggy. For a nice, dry alternative to the standard ice bucket, check out the Twin Chiller Iceless Wine Cooler by Prodyne.
Using a double-wall design, the … Read more
We all know that James Bond likes his martini "shaken, not stirred," but that's assuming he's drinking out of a traditional martini glass. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this is one of the few times the secret agent got it wrong. While a shaken martini is said to produce a colder drink, the resulting cocktail suffers from cloudiness because of all the excess air bubbles. Personal preference being what it is, perhaps Mr. Bond simply prefers his martinis as cold as possible. These Martini Glass Chillers seem to be the perfect solution to the debate.
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The days just keep getting hotter, and all I ever want is a cold drink. But half the time, it seems like there's nothing in the fridge and I've got a choice between a warm bottle of water from the pantry and an even warmer soda from the garage.
But Hammacher Schlemmer's got the perfect appliance for my problem: the One-Minute Drink Chiller. Slip a can, a wine bottle, or other drink into the chiller, and in just a minute you'll have a perfectly chilled refreshment. There's no risk of freezing: it can drop a … Read more
If shots are your thing, you know how nicely (um, fast) they slide down ice cold--or, when too warm, make you run with buckled stomach behind shrubs in summer.
Me, I prefer a cold glass of Chardonnay on a summer night straight from the fridge.
But who cares about me. If Cuervo or Jagermeister are the spirits that move you to sing from rooftops, then this IcyCold shot chiller is indeed a luxury.