Discover five tips and tricks you can use to make your wine experience even more enjoyable — and functional! Here are five wine hacks to boost your wine game.
There’s a lot to learn with wine
Drinking wine is a great way to socialize with friends or enhance the flavour of a meal. Many people know how to handle a wine bottle or create simple pairings of wine and food. Turns out there’s plenty more to know.
1. Frozen grapes in white wine
- If you have a warm bottle of white wine that you want to drink right now, try cooling it with frozen white grapes.
- The grapes act like ice cubes to chill the wine in your glass without watering it down. They can actually enhance the flavour of it.
- At the end of your glass, you’ll have some wine-soaked treats to enjoy.
2. Coffee filters get rid of cork pieces
Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid getting pieces of cork into your wine bottle. If this happens, don’t resign yourself to drinking the small pieces.
- Use a coffee filter to get them out.
- Place a coffee filter on the top of your wine glass, then slowly pour your wine through it.
3. Use a blender as a decanter
It’s common practice to let a bottle of wine sit in a decanter to air out and optimize the flavour.
- Speed up this aeration process by simply pouring it into a blender and blending it on low for about 30 seconds.
- This will introduce the oxygen the wine needs to reach its best flavour, and you won’t have to wait hours to drink it.
4. Freeze leftover wine
- Wine doesn’t keep too long once the bottle is open, so instead of pouring the end of the bottle down the drain, pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze it.
- When cooking recipes call for wine, you can easily use a cube or two. This way you can avoid having to open up a whole new bottle when a recipe only calls for a splash or a cup.
5. You can open wine without a corkscrew
Don’t have a corkscrew on hand?
- Use a screwdriver to screw a screw into the cork, then pry out the cork with the back of a hammer.