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I were looking for a wine cooler before Christmas for use over the festive period and browsed a great number of online stores and homeware stores on the High Street. Many of them were bulky and also very expensive in some instances. I knew I wouldn't use it more than a handful of times on special occasions such as Birthdays and at Christmas and the New Year. The traditional styling of an ice bucket did appeal to me, but it wouldn't be ideal for storing away. The Le Creuset Wine Cooler was the perfect compromise for me, and the simplicity of the design was most surprising.
Priced at £10-£12 the Le Creuset Wine Cooler is simply an elasticated sleeve which will accomodate standard 750ml wine bottles. The way the sleeve is shaped ensures that the bottle is almost cocooned in the ice cool material. Storage instructions suggest that you keep the sleeve in the freezer for when you require it. I simply leave the wine cooler sleeve in the freezer compartment around the time I know it is going to come in handy, then I just have to pop the bottle in the sleeve and the wine is rapidly chilled to the perfect temperature. This really is a very simple gadget, but it does work wonders.
A smaller size is available for miniature bottles, though I havn't handled this product to comment on it, but I assume it is just a smaller version of this one. These sleeves are available in burgundy, black and baby blue. I chose the black colour, though I cannot give a reason for this! The sleeve itself is obviously stretchy and versatile, so it isn't going to rip or tear over time, and the seams are very well stitched. Le Creuset is a brand I have heard of before and they are well-known for premium quality products, so I were most surprised to see this product for such a low price.
If you like wine and don't wish to clog your fridge up with chilled bottles then the Le Creuset could be the perfect compromise. The rapid chilling process did surprise me instantly, and the quality of the product leads me to believe this will last a number of years. If you like having a chilled glass of wine in the garden on hot Summers days (not that we have many of those in the UK) then this is something worth consideration at such an affordable price. I can't say there are any negatives with this product, but if you don't like wine then you probably wouldn't find this too useful.
Here's a handy little gadget that I got for Christmas last year, since I like my wine and because I drink white wine, I like it cold, the colder the better. So when I received this Screwpull Wine Cooler as a gift at Christmas I was quite impressed.
~Screwpull Wine Cooler~
This product is basically just a little sleeve in which I can put a bottle of wine to keep it nice and cool, without having to make trips backwards and forwards to the fridge all the time. My Screwpull Wine Cooler is black, it is of good quality and made really well, which leads me to believe it will last quite a while. it has elastic sides and a tapered top, meaning it will stretch to fit any bottle. Well it actually says it will fit most 75 cl bottles. When I'm not using it I keep it in the freezer (as instructed) so when the time comes for using it, all I need to do is pop it over my chosen bottle and then within minuets usually up to 10 minuets, my wine is chilled, the sleeve continues to work right up until the bottle is empty, which to be fair isn't that long, as it doesn't take me that long to polish off a bottle of wine. But the sleeve will in actual fact keep any bottle cold for several hours. Along with the sleeve I got a wine cooling temperature guide, not that I use it but I thought I'd mention it for those of you that use those kind of things.
I use this sleeve when I'm drinking wine obviously, but not only is it handy for drinking inside the home, but if I want to sit outside on a warm day and have a glass or 2 of wine, this sleeve is great as the weather may be hot but the wine stays cold. Even picnics, this sleeve is ideal for, I'm not really one to take a bottle of wine on a picnic but I know lots of people do and this sleeve would be just great for that.
I am impressed how it manages to keep cold for so long, when all I need to do to prepare it, is stick it in the freezer. This would make a great gift for someone, I can vouch for that because mine was a gift for me and I am really pleased with it. Such a clever and simple idea and I can totally recommend it.
I had a quick look online and found these Screwpull Wine Coolers on Amazon for £10.00 there are two colors, black and burgundy to choose from, there is also a mini cooler for 20-50 cl bottles these cost around £6.00.
5 stars for this Screwpull Wine Cooler it's simply one of the best gifts I've ever received, and extremely useful to me.
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Here is a conundrum for you. In a few days time, you are going to spend the night in a nice country hotel for your wedding anniversary. As part of said night, you wish to enjoy a nice, cold bottle of fizz with your Other Half in the privacy of your room. Do you:
(a) Order your wine from the hotel? This will address the "cold" part of your requirements and will be served to your room, but will set you back about the same amount of money that you spent on the room itself.
(b) Take a bottle of wine in with you? You have a good half-price bottle of fizz picked up in a recent supermarket promotion, but there will be some hours between removing the bottle from your fridge at home and serving it in the hotel room - and you know the hotel does not provide fridges in the rooms because you have stayed there before.
So which is it to be? Affordable warm wine or perfectly chilled but outrageously expensive wine?
Well, fortunately there is secret option number three - go online and find a method of keeping your wine cool between home and hotel.
=== The Solution ===
Searching online for "wine cooler" will reveal about 8.3 million hits, although in all fairness most of these seem to be wine-orientated mini-fridges, which are not all that useful when one is trying to slip a bottle of wine into a fancy hotel without the staff noticing. Something inexpensive, effective and, above all, portable was required.
The option I chose after some deliberation was the Screwpull wine cooler sleeve. The Screwpull brand is part of Le Creuset, which I took to imply good quality and (hopefully) effectiveness. It was also surprisingly affordable for an item from their range - I paid just £7.88 for my wine cooler sleeve when I bought it from Amazon at the start of March this year, although I now see that it has gone up to £10, the price you pay when ordering direct from the manufacturer.
The Screwpull wine cooler is a wonderfully simply little product. Made out of a soft, padded material that feels like neoprene to the touch, it comes flat-packed in a range of colours along with a wine temperature serving guide (which seemed a little redundant to me as there was nothing on the sleeve to indicate the temperature either of it or the bottle it was chilling). You simply store the sleeve in the freezer, and when you are ready to use it just pull it over the top of your wine bottle so it fits tightly like a sleeve from the base of the bottle to about halfway up the neck. The cooler is designed to fit standard size 75cl wine and champagne bottles, and has stretchy material built into the sides of the sleeve to allow for some flexibility in size and a snug fit - a tapered neck to the sleeve is provided for maximum contact area and therefore maximum chilling to your wine. I was worried that freezing the sleeve would make it stiff and therefore hard to fit onto the bottle, but it stayed remarkably soft and pliable even straight out of the freezer, and I had no problems at all in getting it on the bottle.
===Cool, Cool Wine ===
The big test for the Screwpull cooler was how well it would perform at keeping our chilled wine cool on the day of our anniversary. The chilled wine was taken from the fridge and placed in the frozen cooler around noon; from there it had about an hour in the boot of our car, and then spent the rest of the afternoon sitting in a corner of the hotel room far away from direct sunlight or the radiator. We eventually opened the bottle around 8pm, and were quite impressed to find that it was still cool to the touch. The wine wasn't that perfectly-chilled-straight-from-the-fridge-cool, but neither was it room temperature either; it tasted lightly chilled and impressively good given that it had spent a full 8 hours sitting around waiting for us.
Since our anniversary, the cooler has found other uses: in keeping wine cool on the table during warm evenings, and in helping to rapidly cool room temperature wine down when we had forgotten to put it in the fridge in advance of a meal. Le Creuset do claim on their website that it will cool a bottle of wine in just 10 minutes, but this is a little optimistic; in my experience a standard 75cl bottle needs about 20 minutes in the cooler to bring it down from room temperature to being chilled enough to drink. I am also hoping to have the opportunity this summer to use my cooler at picnics and barbeques.
=== The Bottom Line ===
So am I glad I bought the Screwpull cooler? Absolutely. It is easy to use and store, is remarkably effective at keeping wine bottle cool over a long time, and even manages to look pretty good too. It comes with a five year guarantee, and for the price I paid for it represents excellent value - even at the inflated price it now sells for, it is a very useful item to have if you enjoy a nice, cold bottle of wine on a regular basis.
Chill your wine or sparkling wine in style with this great cooling product from Screwpull