Holiday Gifts for Chilling Out (by winespectator.com)

Posted: December 8, 2012 by wynmaker in Wine, World wine news
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Your wine-loving friends can stay cool all year with these gifts designed for serving wine at its best

 

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December and its holidays are once again upon us, bringing crisp, cold nights and toasty evenings indoors, preferably with a glass of wine in front of a warm fire. Unfortunately, that glass of wine can end up warm before its time, especially those of the white variety. For this season’s holiday gift guide, the Wine Spectator staff tested out as many new wine- and bottle-chilling devices (many of them multifunctional) as we could get our hands on. And these cool holiday treats will be even more appreciated when the summer months roll around.

Metrokane Rabbit Wine-Chilling Crystal Carafe ($50, metrokane.com)
Metrokane’s new Rabbit Wine-Chilling Crystal Carafe is a lovely serving vessel on its own—it has a nice heft and balance to it, with a rubber grip around the neck and a drip-proof lip, as suitable for orange juice or iced tea as it is wine, of which it will hold a full 750ml bottle with the chilling device in place. Unlike most of the other tools for keeping wine cold featured here, the Rabbit Carafe will actually bring white wine down from room temperature to serving temperature. The thin stainless-steel walls of the ice-filled insert, in direct contact with the wine, are ideal for cold transfer. The Metrokane’s Houdini brand version ($40) of the carafe features a screw-top plastic lid without the rubber neck grip.—Robert Taylor

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