How to Use a Terra Cotta Wine Chiller

By Melinda Gaines

Terra-cotta wine chillers have become popular gifts for wine lovers that seem to have everything. They come in a wide variety of sizes and patterns, and some can even be personalized or engraved. If you have received a terra-cotta wine chiller as a gift, but aren't sure how to use it, don't worry--it is very simple to use this type of wine chiller.


Wipe the interior of your terra-cotta wine chiller with a damp cloth or paper towel to remove dust, dirt and debris.

Fill your kitchen sink with cold water. Dip the terra-cotta wine chiller into the water, and soak it for 20 minutes. Make sure the entire wine chiller is submerged in the water. If it will not fit in your sink, soak one half of it, then turn it upside down and soak the other half.

Put the terra-cotta wine chiller in your freezer for 20 minutes or in the refrigerator for an hour.

Layer ice on the bottom of your wine chiller. Although you can skip this, it will help chill your wine even faster.

Put your wine bottle into the terra-cotta chiller. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, and then enjoy your wine. You can keep the bottle in the chiller throughout dinner or while entertaining you guests, and it will stay chilled.