How to Chill Wine Fast: A Step-by-Step Guide

Guests due in 10 minutes, and the wine's not chilled? Don't worry, there's a trick to chilling it super fast.
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Step 1: Find a Container
Place the wine bottle in an ice bucket or large pot. Fill the bucket with ice.

Step 2: Add Water
Pour water into the bucket.

Step 3: Add Salt
Stir in a few handfuls of salt — any kind will do. The salt causes the ice to melt at a lower temperature, which results in the water becoming colder much faster, cutting the chilling time by one-third. Turn the bottle every few minutes; in 10 minutes, the wine will be perfectly chilled.

Step 4: More Than Wine
You can use this method with any liquid you want to chill fast: soda, lemonade, beer — you name it. Watch our how-to video for more.

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