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Wine Pearls

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Almost every night, after putting the boys to bed, I come into the kitchen for a glass of white wine. And if the wine isn’t cold, I do what any self-respecting thirtysomething does: I bust out an ice cube. But! I just spotted these wine pearls. You keep them in the freezer and then add one or two to your glass; they will cool your drink without watering it down. #ordered

wine-pearls

Because, otherwise, this is my wine bottle…

S.O.S. Wine Pearls

Would you try these? How do you chill a drink in a pinch?

P.S. An easy trick for choosing wine, and how to store wine at home.

  1. Kate says...

    I couldn’t help laughing at this post. I’m 32 years old, am drinking a glass of Chardonnay with an ice cube in it, and the rest of the bottle is nestled among my frozen vegetables in the freezer.

    Perhaps I should order these, as well!

  2. Why are there so many bags of peas in the freezer?! Hahaha

  3. Ainslie says...

    Wrap a wet paper towel around bottle and pop in the freezer for 10 minutes :)

  4. Samantha says...

    If you plan to have people over, freeze some grapes and use them as your “ice”. It won’t water down the wine and frozen grapes are delicious, specially as a summer treat. So you can eat then when you’re done with your glass :)

    • Yes, this is what we do.
      Frozen grapes are insanely good. My young girls LOVE them! (not in wine of course)

  5. I have never used wine pearls before, but I’m a big fan of the corksicle. It’s basically a cork, with a plastic icicle attached to it. You toss it in the freezer, open your bottle of wine and plop it in. It Keeps the entire bottle cool while it sits out on the table – super handy!

    I’ll have to give these a try, I love the corksicle and these seem like a great alternative for just a glass!

    xo, Kait.
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  6. Frankie says...

    #preach

  7. My fiancé uses whiskey stones so I use those to cool down white wine. Same concept. He bought them after I gave him a hard time for watering down his whiskey with ice cubes ;)

  8. Steph Smith says...

    Wrap the bottle in a wet towel and stick it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Voila! Chilled wine.

  9. Olivia says...

    I work at a bottle shop/ tasting room and the industry secret for quickly chilling a bottle is to fill a bucket with ice, some water, and salt. Whites, Rosés, and Sparklings are ready to enjoy in 5 minutes!

  10. That’s a lot of peas in your fridge!

    Others have mentioned something similar but I love my corkcicle too!

  11. Jessica says...

    Frozen grapes!

    • Would this happen to be a Jessica who lives in Spokane?

  12. Stephanie says...

    Frozen grapes!

  13. To chill a bottle quickly, wrap a damp paper towel around the bottle and throw it in the freeze for 15 min. It chills much faster!

  14. sarah says...

    what a pea-rfect idea!

  15. Kelly says...

    I so didn’t expect that last picture of your freezer. I LOVE IT! LOL

  16. Fastest way to chill wine at home: ice water bath.

    Europeans often add ice cubes to cheap wine, even red wine, in summer.

  17. Nyree says...

    I’ve always been a red wine drinker but recently started white wines and am clueless – would love to know what your favorite wines are!

    • Sara B says...

      I realize you didn’t ask my opinion here, but I’m going to give it anyway :) We drink a lot of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs which taste like citrus. We also drink prosecco when we are feeling like something sparkling, and if we are feeling fancy we put a little spoonful of raspberry sorbet in the bottom of the glass :)

  18. To make your wine cold faster- wrap a wet paper towel around your bottle before sticking it in the freezer.

  19. If you dampen a paper towel and wrap it around the bottle, you only need to stick it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and it’ll be cold! I do that when I come home from the grocery store and want some of the beer or wine I just bought but can’t wait for it to cool down, and don’t want to use ice cubes. Works like a charm!

  20. I usually keep a stash of frozen blueberries int eh freezer… they don’t rattle or damage my wine glasses and it chills the wine without watering it down. :)

  21. Stephanie says...

    Love the wine pearls! Until now, I’ve only heard of whiskey stones, which I’ve kept in my freezer for years now, and they have the same effect! I love the rustic look they have (http://www.amazon.com/Teroforma-1220-Whisky-Stones/dp/B002GZX2DE), but since the wine pearls are so elegant looking, I might have to pick up a few and put them to use on wine and cheese night!

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  22. I’ll chime in on the frozen peas too ;)

    Do you ever eat them frozen? My kids love them! They think they’re a fun frozen treat, like tiny green popsicles. I loved them as a kid, and weirdly, every kid I’ve given them to has gobbled them up!

    • Amy says...

      I noticed all the frozen peas and thought “What could they use SO many frozen peas for?” But, if you eat them like a snack, you must go through them quickly. I’ll have to try it! I love frozen grapes and cherries!

  23. Jaclyn says...

    I must be a real wino because we always have a bottle in the fridge and we swap it out for a new one when we open the cold one.

    Also, my MIL puts ice in her RED wine! I may have fibbed once when she was at our house and asked if we had any ice on hand so she could put a cube in her glass, and I told her we didn’t have any….

  24. I either 1) stick it in the freezer and wait a bit or 2) drink the first glass warm :) I’ve never found fake ice cubes that worked, but I’ve never tried this brand. Perhaps I shall. Thanks!

  25. kate says...

    Wrap a wet paper towel around a bottle and then stick it in the freezer for 15 minutes! It will be chilled. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy taught me that :)

  26. Erica says...

    We have the whiskey stones, which is the same idea, and they work great. I might order some of these to have extras on hand for surprise company.

  27. Eve says...

    My sister’s British friend (with a Swiss mother) just visited us here in the US and couldn’t wrap her head around why we’d be embarrassed to add ice to our Rose. She said it’s “not a thing” anyone would be alarmed by in her group of people. She was all for adding ice! So we did. And we lived. :)

    PS – My husband insisted on adding a beverage chilling machine to our wedding registry. Not ideal for small kitchens and sort of a hassle but hey, if it makes him happy!

  28. Graça says...

    Hello from Portugal.
    I also like a glass of white wine cold in the summer. I always have some grapes in the freezer which I use as ice cubes. You’ll have a nice cold wine and a beatiful drink. Hope you like this idea.

    • Jaclyn says...

      Ooh! That is a great idea!

      I hate watered down wine but grapes would lovely to munch on after you’ve finished your wine.

    • Laura C says...

      Tha’s a great tip Graça!! Frozen grapes and white wine!

  29. Maelle says...

    Did you know about marble ice cubes ? I just read an article about it the other day and it seemed like the perfect natural option ! You just keep the little cubes in the freezer and you can buy them in different colors – grey, black, yellow, pink,… – i thought it would look quite pretty and chic in a glass of wine or a cocktail ! It’s not the cheapest option though, but they litterally last forever so it can be worth it :)

  30. Elizabeth says...

    Here’s my question about those – do they chip your teeth? I’ve seen the heavy whiskey rocks and they’re so cool. But I’m paranoid they’ll hit and subsequently break my chompers. Are the wine pearls light weight? Hollow? Might have to give them a shot, if so.

  31. Dee says...

    *Immediately skips to comments to find a billion other good ways to chill drinks from CoJ readers*

    • Emily says...

      Haha, me too Dee!

  32. Debbie says...

    I LOVE all the frozen Peas :) :) :)

  33. Cool gadget!

    Although in ancient Greece they aded water in their wine, because it was a common belief that only Gods could drink it straight… I usual put the bottle in the fridge to keep it cool (wines taste altered if you add ice cubes).

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  34. Emily says...

    Amazing! I’m sitting here with an ice cube clinking around in my tumbler of vinho verde as I read this!

  35. Andrea says...

    So glad to hear you discovered this secret! We’ve been doing this for at least a dozen years and our first set was actually footballs like these (not sure how they came into our life): http://www.amazon.com/Its-Game-Day-Football-Cubes/dp/B005W3W8J6
    We eventually graduated to these (we still have a few left that surface every now and then from the depths of the freezer): http://www.amazon.com/Kikkerland-Yellow-Submarine-Reusable-Cubes/dp/B004OA1SL2

    And now we use something similar to the sophisticated set you referenced except that we still call them “footballs”.
    Common question in our house ….”is the wine chilled properly or do you need a football?”

    • Vale says...

      That’s awesome.

  36. Diana says...

    We’ve got lots of pint glasses in our freezer, I swirl the wine around in one of those then pour it into my wine glass.

    Frozen peas and corn are great to use as ice packs for injuries.

  37. Christina P says...

    Putting the wine bottle in a pitcher of ice water will bring the temperature down much more quickly than putting it in the freezer. This is because the thermal conductivity of air is much, much lower than that of water. So it takes a lot more time for heat transfer from the bottle to the air (versus from the bottle to the water). Also, if you wanted to make the ice water even colder you can dump salt in it: it lowers the freezing temperature of water, which will reduce the time it takes for the wine to cool down (larger temperature difference) – this is actually why roads are salted in the winter! xoxo

  38. Hillary says...

    Genius! Thank you. I am impressed you wait until bedtime.

  39. Ashley E says...

    Frozen grapes! It just seems natural…and doesn’t cut your sauce.

  40. Christine says...

    Brilliant! I’m ordering some up for my mum! Thanks Joanna!

  41. Daniela says...

    Second to frozen grapes. I use those huge round pink ones, because they taste like nothing and I’m not tempted to eat them once I finish the wine. I did that ONCE. Worst idea ever, I still shudder at the memory of that headache :(

  42. Please ignore the wine snob in me, but I used to roll my eyes BIG time whenever I’d see someone dilute wine by plunking an ice cube into a glassful. But since we recently moved into our new place that doesn’t have central AC (i.e. super hot n’ humid kitchen/living area) I’m finally catching on to why people do this. I’ve even slipped an ice cube into a glass of red bc it’s just so darn hot in NY this week! I’d try these chilly pearls any day.

  43. oh how pretty! We have whiskey stones but I’ve never seen these, or even thought about a similar concept for white wine!

  44. I second, or third, or probably tenth the wet paper towel. We just did that yesterday.
    p.s. I’m not even a mom and have about as many frozen peas. They’re the best.

  45. Katie says...

    I was gifted these and I love them! We use them all the time! :)

  46. Jen says...

    Can’t believe people are ragging on peas – they’re the best! One of my favourite ‘nothing in the cupboard’ dinners is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s macaroni peas: http://awaytogarden.com/macaroni-peas-from-river-cottage-veg/ It’s so quick and delicious, and is also a good camping dinner for your second or third night out (if you’re car camping) – the peas help keep things cool for the first day or two, and then make a super quick meal.

  47. We don’t drink wine, but my husband tried a set of these for the fancy homemade sodas he makes… They’re nice because they don’t melt, but they’re much heavier than ice cubes so the end sip can feel a bit tricky as they shoot down the glass at your face. :)

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  48. Jennifer says...

    A trick I learned to cool wine down fast is to wet a towel, wrap it around the wine bottle and stick it in the freezer. It works faster than just sticking the bottle itself in the freezer.

    • Lindsay says...

      I do this too – it really does work

  49. Sirena says...

    Here’s another good idea – instead of tossing leftover bubbly (champagne, cava, sparkling wine), freeze it in ice cube trays for cooling down but not watering down your not quite cold enough white wine. Same for leftover white wine (if that ever happens to you, it happens seldom here). I also use any leftovers for cooking but still, adding another idea to the mix!

  50. Your post is literally perfect for my mom’s birthday which is Friday! Amazon Prime to the rescue!

  51. Leslie says...

    That is exactly my freezer 10 minutes before dinner every night! Why don’t we just keep wine in the fridge to begin with?

  52. literally just pulled my champagne bottle out of the freezer. also, i have perfected the ice cube swirl / pull it out with a fork once cool maneuver.

  53. Isabella says...

    They look heavy, like they might break the glass if they fall against the side when you drink! But I happen to be a huge fan of adding an ice cube to my wine, provided it’s white or rosé and not something especially fine. Most new-world wines are too big and concentrated for my taste, and are often improved by adding a spoonful of water, so an ice cube gets the job done in a more refreshing sort of way. And it’s common to add ice to wine in the south of France when it’s hot out, which makes it officially okay, right? ;)

  54. mcb says...

    i’m also obsessed with frozen peas! they’re their own food group in my diet (do food groups still exist?). anyways, try them with fresh direct basil marinara sauce + parm (+wine).

  55. Amen. I have heard of people freezing grapes, but haven’t actually tried it. I’m a fan of whiskey rocks, which is the same idea, but I’ve never used wine pearls.

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  56. What’s with all the peas and the comments about peas?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I guess we are a pea-loving bunch.

      (I think we optimistically buy a bunch at the grocery story every time. It took this photo to show me how many we actually have!)

  57. Laura says...

    It’s all good until the cork pops out in the freezer … ;-)

  58. We don’t drink a lot of wine, but we do drink a lot of beer. We keep our mugs in the freezer so they are always chilled for beer.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      smart!

  59. Joselle Palacios says...

    I love this! Your freezer looks like mine!

  60. Chantal C says...

    Wrap your bottle of wine with a wet paper towel, and stick it in the freezer. Ice cold in 10 minutes! Probably not best when you have company since you’ll be left with frozen paper towel stuck to the bottle, but it really works!

  61. Kate says...

    Wrap in wet paper towel and put in freezer for 10 min. :)

  62. MiMi says...

    So good to see you are eating all organic :)

  63. Bri says...

    We do the ‘wrap in wet dishtowel or paper towel’ thing too! And then throw the frozen peas on top for good measure. I usually do it when we start bath-time, so by the time our toddler is in bed, it’s wine time! :)

  64. TootieMcBear says...

    This is why I read your blog … nuggets of honesty with humor (that pic!) and practicality. Ordered is right!

  65. i keep a wine glass in the fridge, and occasionally I put the wine in the freezer next to the multiple bags of frozen peas (why do we buy so many?)

  66. Carmen B says...

    Genius! I’m going to order them and an extra set for my landlord. She always drinks her white wine with ice cubes. lol

  67. Daniela says...

    Just wondering why on earth would you need so many frozen peas! hahaha

    • India says...

      i was thinking the same thing haha

  68. Amanda says...

    Oh my! The peas!!!! My least favorite vegetable – ok maybe second to limas!

  69. Samantha says...

    If you stick to a favorite wine, consider making white wine ice cubes to pop out as you need them, too!

  70. Oh no! I can’t stop laughing! I did this exact thing last night! I put my white wine bottle between some frozen mango and meatball packages for an hour to chill it!

  71. Aga says...

    In my freezer I keep a couple of chilled glasses and, this might sound weird but, stones! I have a few white stones that I picked up on a beach in Venezuela and they look and function a lot like those pearls.

    • Jen says...

      That’s such a great idea! Love a solution that doesn’t involve consumerism, shipping, manufacturing, mining, etc. Will have to keep my eye out for some nice stones that will do the trick.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s so cool!

    • Emily says...

      so awesome!

  72. eg says...

    Forget the wine – tell us about the fancy cheese straws in that top pic!

  73. Oh lord, this is the perfect gift for my mother. She always has an ice cube in her chardonnay.

    • Ilona says...

      We love ours, super handy and it really works.

  74. Jennifer says...

    I second the frozen grapes!

  75. Sara says...

    I’ll be anxious to hear if these work– I’ve tried using my fiance’s whiskey soap stones, but they didn’t really bring down the temperature.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i will let you know!

  76. Rosalie says...

    When I turned 21, my mom told gave me her wisest words of wisdom: drink your coffee black and do not put ice in your wine. I had no idea how tempting the latter would be! This is a fantastic compromise. :)

  77. Melissa says...

    Haha. Love the pic – that’s EXACTLY what happens. And the wine always ends up next to the green peas… Always.

  78. I am glad to see I am not the only mom with 5+ bags of peas in the freezer. haha! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha

  79. CHRIS says...

    Frozen grapes!

    • Aga says...

      genius!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good tip!!

    • Kathryn says...

      Chunks of any frozen fruit really–strawberries, mango, raspberries, etc.

  80. Nerissa says...

    To chill wine, wet a dish towel and wrap it around the bottle. Store in the freezer for 15-20 min.

    So glad I am not the only one with multiple bags of green peas in the freezer!

    • Laura says...

      This works so well!

  81. Bridget says...

    I wrap a wet paper towel around the wine bottle before putting it in the freezer. I think it cools it faster.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg i used to do that and completely forgot about it! going to try that again too.

    • Monica says...

      I do the same. Totally works!

  82. Rachel says...

    You can chill wine FAST by wrapping it in a couple wet paper towels and then sticking it in the freezer! But these look like a good, even quicker option!

  83. Dani says...

    These look amazing! Also interesting — the cork in the top photo says (in Hebrew) “Kosher for Passover.” :)

    • Rebecca says...

      I was literally just going to say – I LOVE that your wine is ‘Kosher for Passover’. Fantastic.