Thursday, 1 May 2008

Bordeaux Wine and Barbeques - Gadgets

They say only Mad Dogs and Englishmen Go Out in the Mid-day Sun. If it is hot - how do you keep your wine cool? No wine tastes great if you leave it out in the sun so keep all your bottles, even reds, in the shade. The main problem with barbecues is keeping white wine - and other drinks - cool. You can have the best white wine in the world but it'll taste as dull as ditchwater if you serve it lukewarm. A couple of large buckets filled with iced water should do the trick.

You may like the romantic idea of keeping your drinks cool by dangling the bottles in a nearby stream, but for a modern alternative try an insulated jacket like the Vacu Vin Rapid Ice (available from

You keep the jacket in the freezer and simply pop it over the bottle once you take it out of the fridge. You can find them in larger supermarkets and most high-street wine shops. Or chill the bottles well and put them in their own insulated bag.

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