3 Ways to Keep Your Wine Cool This Summer

updated May 1, 2019
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Summer fun and wine can go together like beaches and sunscreen — until your wine starts to boil in the sun. It’s no easy feat to keep your wine at just the right temperature (it’s around 55°F), but we rounded up three wine accessories that get the job done. Tested by time, temperature, and a professional appetite for wine, these gadgets don’t disappoint — and they’re all less than $20.

1. VacuVin Active Wine Cooler, $12 at Amazon: Simply freeze the flexible sleeve, and wrap it around a bottle when outdoor adventure calls. Not only will it take your wine from room temperature to 55°F perfection in about five minutes, but it will also keep your bottle cold for hours. It also doubles as a cold pack for non-wine purposes (who doesn’t love a multi-tasker?) and lies flat to save freezer space.

2. CHILL Cooling Pour Spout, $18 at True Brands: Here is another option for keeping your wine from getting too toasty. Just slide the spout into any standard bottle, and send wine through an icy tunnel before it hits your glass. We especially love this gadget for red wines on a scorching day since it cools the wine without freezing it. Bonus: The top also doubles as an airtight wine saver.

3. Kikkerland Star Ice Cubes, $3 at Bed, Bath & Beyond: These cute cubes are perfect for cooling wines without diluting their flavors, and colorful shapes let them double as glassware charms at summer gatherings. We love that the soft texture prevents chipping or scratching on even the most delicate glassware. They’re also BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.