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  1. #1
    J J Levin Guest

    Default Wine fridge?

    I enjoy a glass of dry red wine in the evening, but now that summer has
    arrived, if I leave the bottle out, the taste changes quickly and not for
    the better; if I refrigerate it, it's too cold.

    Is there a wine "fridge" or cooler for 1 bottle, which would keep the wine
    at a steady temp (55, 60 deg) ??

    I am not looking to store an entire cellar, and I've seen the 12 and 18
    bottle coolers, but I really need to keep just the one bottle at the same
    drinkable temp at a reasonable price.

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks for any assistance,

    Jay




  2. #2
    Doug Anderson Guest

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    "J J Levin" <jjlevin@op[email protected]> writes:

    > I enjoy a glass of dry red wine in the evening, but now that summer has
    > arrived, if I leave the bottle out, the taste changes quickly and not for
    > the better; if I refrigerate it, it's too cold.
    >
    > Is there a wine "fridge" or cooler for 1 bottle, which would keep the wine
    > at a steady temp (55, 60 deg) ??


    I don't know of anything like this. But I have two suggestions:

    1) have two 375 ml bottles.

    When you open your bottle, pour your glass, then immediatly fill and
    cork one of the 375s, and put the rest in the other 375. The full 375
    should keep fine for a few days, and the not full one should keep
    better than a big bottle. Drink from the not full one (I'd consider
    refrigerating it, and then pouring the glass 30 minutes before you
    want to drink it.

    or

    2) I don't know what sort of wine you like to drink, but at the low
    end, there is some wine that many people find drinkable. Some of
    this is in a bag within the box, and the bag contracts as you pour
    wine, minimizing air exposure to an impressive extent.

    If you can find something in this category that you like, it might
    be an ideal solution.

  3. #3
    Joseph Coulter Guest

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    On Fri, 26 Jun 2009 16:15:46 -0400, "J J Levin"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I enjoy a glass of dry red wine in the evening, but now that summer has
    >arrived, if I leave the bottle out, the taste changes quickly and not for
    >the better; if I refrigerate it, it's too cold.
    >
    >Is there a wine "fridge" or cooler for 1 bottle, which would keep the wine
    >at a steady temp (55, 60 deg) ??
    >
    >I am not looking to store an entire cellar, and I've seen the 12 and 18
    >bottle coolers, but I really need to keep just the one bottle at the same
    >drinkable temp at a reasonable price.
    >
    >Any recommendations?
    >
    >Thanks for any assistance,
    >
    >Jay
    >
    >

    In basic wine 101 you are taught, "never ever ever hold the wine glass
    by the bowl, use the stem only." Every good rule deserves an
    exception, this is it. "When the wine is too cold for enjoyment, place
    hand or hands under and around the bowl. Cradle wine for several
    minutes until the bouquet is released and wine may be enjoyed."
    Joseph Coulter
    Joseph Coulter Cruises and Vacations
    www.josephcoulter.com

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    Mark Lipton Guest

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    J J Levin wrote:
    > I enjoy a glass of dry red wine in the evening, but now that summer has
    > arrived, if I leave the bottle out, the taste changes quickly and not for
    > the better; if I refrigerate it, it's too cold.
    >
    > Is there a wine "fridge" or cooler for 1 bottle, which would keep the wine
    > at a steady temp (55, 60 deg) ??
    >
    > I am not looking to store an entire cellar, and I've seen the 12 and 18
    > bottle coolers, but I really need to keep just the one bottle at the same
    > drinkable temp at a reasonable price.
    >
    > Any recommendations?
    >


    Just keep the bottle in the fridge and apply a very brief zap in the
    microwave to bring a glass of wine up to temperature. A former
    sommelier here once referred to the microwave as "the sommelier's
    friend." ;-)

    Mark Lipton

    --
    alt.food.wine FAQ: http://winefaq.cwdjr.net

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    J J Levin Guest

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    "Mark Lipton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:h23g5o$2rd$[email protected]..
    >J J Levin wrote:
    >> I enjoy a glass of dry red wine in the evening, but now that summer has
    >> arrived, if I leave the bottle out, the taste changes quickly and not for
    >> the better; if I refrigerate it, it's too cold.
    >>
    >> Is there a wine "fridge" or cooler for 1 bottle, which would keep the
    >> wine
    >> at a steady temp (55, 60 deg) ??
    >>
    >> I am not looking to store an entire cellar, and I've seen the 12 and 18
    >> bottle coolers, but I really need to keep just the one bottle at the same
    >> drinkable temp at a reasonable price.
    >>
    >> Any recommendations?
    >>

    >
    > Just keep the bottle in the fridge and apply a very brief zap in the
    > microwave to bring a glass of wine up to temperature. A former
    > sommelier here once referred to the microwave as "the sommelier's
    > friend." ;-)
    >
    > Mark Lipton
    >



    Hmmm... thanks... it doesn't hurt the wine to zap it for 4-5 seconds ? The
    taste is not affected?

    Jay












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    Mark Lipton Guest

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    J J Levin wrote:

    > Hmmm... thanks... it doesn't hurt the wine to zap it for 4-5 seconds ? The
    > taste is not affected?
    >


    As long as you don't overdo it, the taste isn't affected. You're just
    speeding up the warming process that would otherwise take an hour or so.
    The thing to be careful about is not (over)heating the wine. Your
    microwave might have "hot spots" in it such that one part of the wine
    gets hot far more quickly than others. Start with a 2-3 sec zap and see
    what that gets you. Give it more if it needs it.

    Mark Lipton
    --
    alt.food.wine FAQ: http://winefaq.cwdjr.net

  7. #7
    Dana K6JQ Guest

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    On Jun 26, 7:20*pm, Mark Lipton <not...@eudrup.ude> wrote:
    > J J Levin wrote:
    > > Hmmm... thanks... it doesn't hurt the wine to zap it for 4-5 seconds ? The
    > > taste is not affected?

    >
    > As long as you don't overdo it, the taste isn't affected. *You're just
    > speeding up the warming process that would otherwise take an hour or so.
    > * The thing to be careful about is not (over)heating the wine. *Your
    > microwave might have "hot spots" in it such that one part of the wine
    > gets hot far more quickly than others. *Start with a 2-3 sec zap and see
    > what that gets you. *Give it more if it needs it.


    Often, using a very low power setting will result in a low "duty
    cycle", meaning the oven will zap for 2 seconds out of every 20.
    I've found that warming barbecue and warming wine is about the
    same in that respect.

    Mark's on the money, of course.

    Dana

  8. #8
    J J Levin Guest

    Default Re: Wine fridge?

    Thank you!!!

    Jay








    "Mark Lipton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:h23vmb$oe8$[email protected]..
    >J J Levin wrote:
    >
    >> Hmmm... thanks... it doesn't hurt the wine to zap it for 4-5 seconds ?
    >> The
    >> taste is not affected?
    >>

    >
    > As long as you don't overdo it, the taste isn't affected. You're just
    > speeding up the warming process that would otherwise take an hour or so.
    > The thing to be careful about is not (over)heating the wine. Your
    > microwave might have "hot spots" in it such that one part of the wine
    > gets hot far more quickly than others. Start with a 2-3 sec zap and see
    > what that gets you. Give it more if it needs it.
    >
    > Mark Lipton
    > --
    > alt.food.wine FAQ: http://winefaq.cwdjr.net
    >




  9. #9
    Shaun Eli Guest

    Default Re: Wine fridge?

    Keep the opened bottle in the fridge. When you want to drink it, put
    it in a 4 cup measuring cup or small pot of hot tap water (120 degrees
    for 30-40 seconds) and it should reach drinking temperature.

    Shaun Eli
    www.BrainChampagne.com

  10. #10
    Jota Guest

    Default Re: Wine fridge?

    On Jun 26, 5:15*pm, "J J Levin" <jjle...@optonline.net> wrote:
    > I enjoy a glass of dry red wine in the evening, but now that summer has
    > arrived, if I leave the bottle out, the taste changes quickly and not for
    > the better; *if I refrigerate it, it's too cold.
    >
    > Is there a wine "fridge" or cooler for 1 bottle, which would keep the wine
    > at a steady temp (55, 60 deg) ??
    >
    > I am not looking to store an entire cellar, and I've seen the 12 and 18
    > bottle coolers, but I really need to keep just the one bottle at the same
    > drinkable temp at a reasonable price.
    >
    > Any recommendations?
    >
    > Thanks for any assistance,
    >
    > Jay


    Hello everyone!
    Another cheap, easy, simple (but not perfect) solution is taking the
    air out of the bottle. Then you can put the wine in the fridge
    (without air) and it will be very well conserved.

    The tool to take the air out of the bottle is a special cap and a
    pump: for example http://www.granseleccion.com/shop/as...images/174.gif

    Best regards from Uruguay,

    Juan.



    There are some tools to do it,

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