How to cool wine without ice cubes

How to cool wine without ice cubes

If you are a wine lover, then you’ve no doubt heard the saying “drink it at room temperature,” but the truth is, that advice is centuries old. Not only is this not true for all red wines, but some varietals are also actually better served with a slight chill. Most experts agree that chilled red wines are a must.

According to Vine Pair, “A wine served above 66 degrees will have an impact on the overall structure of the wine such as acid, alcohol, and flavors. It will soften the structure of the wine, and the alcohol becomes significantly more noticeable.” However, if you chill the same wine down to 55 to 60 degrees, the flavors will become focused, the alcohol will not be as evident, and the structure will be tighter.”

So, while you can chill it in your fridge before serving, when does it start to warm up? You can’t very well add ice to your wife because it dilutes it, and nobody wants that. Well, according to this wine life hack, the solution is simple: just add frozen grapes.  Frozen grapes keep their frozen juice inside the grape, so there is very little dilution or flavor transfer taking place.


Simply put a few frozen grapes, two or three work best, into the glass and then swirl the glass around. The cooling effects are almost immediate. Of course, the added bonus is that once you finish drinking the wine and the grapes have defrosted, you are left with a little fruity nibble. Gotta love that!

Another alternative is to buy two bottles of the same wine. Use the first bottle to make ice cubes by simply pouring the wine into an ice cube tray and let freeze overnight. If you want to get really crafty, you can even use those ice cube trays that are cute little shapes and sizes.

How to cool wine without ice cubes

I personally prefer the frozen grapes method, but wine ice cubes are a nice alternative. Both have been tested and work like a charm. So I guess we can make this wine life hack off as fact-checked.

Did you know that the color of red wines comes from grape skins?  The color comes from a plant pigment called anthocyanin, which is found in the skins of red grapes. The color becomes less intense as the wine ages and may become lighter in color. Really old wines are pale, and some are even translucent in color.

Not only does anthocyanin give red wine its color, but evidence also suggests it provides a range of health benefits. Anthocyanins have antimicrobial, antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-mutagenic properties, which in turn play a role in the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases such as metabolic disorders, cancer, eye diseases, and cardiovascular diseases.


National Red Wine did as celebrated each year on August 28th, so if you don’t enjoy this life hack today, you can save it for then!

The centuries-old advice of drinking red wine at room temperature is not entirely accurate. Certain red wine varietals are indeed better served slightly chilled, as this can enhance their structure and flavor profile. Simple methods such as adding frozen grapes or wine ice cubes can be employed to chill the wine without diluting it. Additionally, the color of red wines, derived from a plant pigment called anthocyanin found in grape skins, not only adds to the aesthetic appeal but also offers numerous health benefits. Therefore, next time when you’re savoring your favorite red wine, remember to serve it slightly chilled for an improved taste and health benefits.

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Tracy Tegan
Tracy Tegan has spent the last seventeen years as a professional blogger about relationships, dating, and issues pertaining to gender equality at In her spare time, she writes romance novels that are available at Amazon.  You can check out Tracy Tegan's latest romance novel, Crescent Moon at Amazon.

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