Review: Ravi Instant Wine Chiller
Let’s say you grab a bottle of wine and it’s too warm. What do you do?
If you’re like most people, you probably just open it and drink it anyway. Secondary options typically run to sticking it in the freezer for a few minutes, or using a wine-chilling gadget (like one of these) to bring the temperature down before your patience runs out.
Ravi is a new solution. It’s a gadget that you keep in the freezer, then break out and attach to the top of the bottle you just opened. The video below explains how it works better than words do (the instruction manual is particularly hard to follow), but it’s really quite simple in the end. Put the three pieces together (only one is frozen), and stick it on top of the wine bottle. Tip it over and the wine goes through the frozen sleeve and into your glass. It’s cellar temperature, or close enough, when it hits your goblet.
If it’s too warm (as with a white), just hold your thumb over the air intake valve and the wine comes out more slowly (and thus colder). It’s more art than science, but it beats filling ice buckets and, more importantly, sitting around and waiting all night.
That said, Ravi isn’t without some complications. It’s bulky and makes handling your wine bottle awkward at best; I kept worrying I would drop it and break my glass, spilling the wine everywhere. It’s a little messy, and cleanup takes quite some time, requiring you use a special device to shoot air through the Ravi to dry it out before you put it back in the freezer.
Still, it’s a great way to quickly bring wine down to the proper temperature (most red wine is served far too warm), and while I may not break it out every time I want a glass of Burgundy, it’ll definitely become another handy tool in my oenophile arsenal.
B+ / $50