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As you rush home from the grocery store to prepare your dinner party, you realize that you'll have very little time to chill your several bottles of white wine. Though most wine connoisseurs recommend placing the bottle in a bucket filled with ice and water, your home freezer can be used in a pinch. As long as you keep an eye on the wine to ensure the bottle does not crack or freeze, you'll be pouring tall glasses of bubbly in no time.

Check your freezer's temperature. Chilling a bottle of wine works best for freezers operating at zero degrees F. or -18 C.

Place the bottle(s) of wine in the coldest part of your freezer. If there is room for the bottles to stand, arrange them in this fashion. If not, laying them on their sides will suffice.

Set your timer for 30 minutes. Check on the bottle periodically to ensure it has not begun to freeze.

Remove the wine from the freezer once 30 minutes has passed. Uncork the bottle and taste a small sample to test the temperature.

Replace the cork and place the bottle back in the freezer for 15 to 30 minutes if the wine is not cool enough. If the temperature is acceptable, proceed with serving the wine.


A freezer will drop the temperature of most wines about 6 to 8 degrees every 15 minutes. White wines with fresh, fruity flavors are best served chilled in a temperature range of 45 to 55 degrees. Full-bodied red wines are typically served near room temperature at around 70 degrees.


Never leave a bottle of wine in the freezer for longer than an hour at a time, as this may cause it to explode or crack.

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Brandon Getty

Brandon Getty began writing professionally in 2008, with columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and lives in Stockton, Calif.