How to keep wine cold? We go through all the methods!

keeping wine cold

how to keep wine cold? Keeping wine chilled can be done in many different ways. From traditional wine buckets to eco-friendly coolers, to simply popping your bottle outside in the winter weather. With a market full of beverage-cooling options, you may ask yourself which method you should opt for. We go over why keeping you wine cold is a must and how to choose the best wine cooler for your needs here.

bottle of wine in a normal wine cooler filled with water because of the melted ice cubes. With two glasses of wine next to it on a table on a terrace.

Traditional Ice Bucket

The ice bucket is the original bottle cooler and remains the most common method of drink cooling throughout the world. Who hasn’t tossed a few bottles in a wine bucket or an ice-filled container and set off to the park? It is a simple way to cool down your wine and it does do the job. 

However, despite its popular usage, the ice bucket comes with a heap of downsides. For one thing, they are always extremely heavy, due to the use of ice or ice water. Similarly, they will almost always leak or drip, and condensation is present regardless of insulation. They are also wasteful and single-use, forcing you to dump the room-temperature water and purchase another bag of expensive ice. Business owners may dislike these, as well, because soaking in the water removes labels, reducing product visibility. Keep reading below on newer ways to keep drinks cold while keeping things dry, saving costs and being considerate to the environment.

wine cooler koozie

Beer/Wine Koozie

Another popular method of drink cooling is the beer or wine koozie, a form-fitting fabric or neoprene sleeve that chills drinks. You can usually get these in different styles, colours and prints. Koozie’s are good for a budget friendly quick, short term solution cooling for a short time only. A benefit of the koozie is that it is comfortable to drink with in your hands. 

Even though everyone has used a koozie, they are among the most limited of all drink coolers for several critical reasons. The thin sleeve provides minimal chilling for a very short period of time, as contact with hands warms the koozie and the beverage, itself, within minutes. They also collect and hold moisture and condensation, chilling your hand along with the drink! You are left with a soggy, damp hand and a lukewarm drink, the opposite of what you want during a nice day at the beach!

Cooler Packs

Cooler packs are a simple solution wherein chilled ice packs are formed into a plastic sleeve that fits around the bottle. The old school ones we all remember as those big blue blocks. The newer ones can fold easily into the freezer for storage and last for a few hours. 

Cooler packs do have several notable downsides. Most importantly, they don’t last incredibly long, as the cooling element is completely exposed and will warm rapidly in the sun. They are also cold to the touch, chilling and dampening your hands. These coolers must even be purchased in several different sizes to accommodate different drinks, as a wine bottle cooler will be loose and ineffective on smaller cans and bottles. Furthermore, on a more superficial level, they aren’t especially fashionable or photogenic and completely block the label of your bottles.

Cooler packs come in handy when prepping a large esky. Pop a few extra packs in there to keep the temperature down during your trip. Ensuring your snacks will stay in the summer also.

wine chiller stick

Wine chiller sticks have recently become popular during the summer months, and many people have taken advantage of these newer drink coolers for those long days out in the sun. With this method of cooling, a chilled, insulated hollow rod is inserted into the neck of a wine bottle, where it will cool the drink itself. When you pour the bottle into your glass, the wine pours through the stick, cooling as it goes.  An added bonus is that the wine stick will aerate the wine at the same time. 

Notably, they are only usable with bottles of wine and will not accommodate the necks of beer bottles, cans, or glasses. Additionally, with such a compact design, the cooling factor doesn’t last very long before it must be recharged. Some users have even reported that the stick can crack and leak coolant into the wine, itself, ruining the bottle.

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The newest edition to the wine cooler family. These bottle coolers are called Coolenator’s and have an internal and removable cooling unit. The freezer bullets are easily stored, so as soon as one stops cooling, pop a freshly cooled one in the Coolenator. Swap the depleted Bullet back into the freezer, and repeat! 

The outside of wine cooler is made out of aluminium while the inside is made from piocelan, super insulating material. The combination of the powerfull freezer bullet and great insulation ensures cooling of up to 8 hours. Which is more than any other cooler can compete with.

Unlike traditional cooling methods, such as ice or wine coolers, Coolenators will never water down your drink or leave unsightly rings on your table! Because the cooling element is completely internal, your drink can stay perfectly chilled without dilution or condensation, so your table can stay dry while your drink remains pure and ice cold.

No matter what drink-cooling situation arises, you will always be prepared! Finally, Coolenators are stylish and can be fully customised to whatever design you choose! The only limit is your creativity, so order a Coolenator today and show off your unique fashion sense this summer! 




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