For the Wine-Lover Dad: Ravi Wine-Chiller

06/12/2009 at 07:00 AM ET

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Can’t afford a wine-cellar or wine refrigerator? The Ravi ($40) chills red wine instantly to a perfect temperature as you pour, revealing the fruit that too-warm temperatures mask or even damage. (That’s right, I said red wine. Think about it — wines are traditionally stored in cellars where the temperature is slightly cooler than the rest of a home.) Store the Ravi in the freezer for at least six hours — you can store it in there when you’re not using it — and when it’s time to imbibe, insert into the bottle and as you pour, the wine passes through the Ravi’s frozen steel chamber into your glass, chilling it to a perfect 54 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also use the Ravi with white wine but it won’t chill it as much as it’s supposed to unless it’s already slightly cool.

A finger tip control inlet lets you adjust the serving temperature which is important for subsequent pours as the Ravi warms as it’s being used. It works for vodka too but don’t use it with carbonate beverages because it will ruin the device.

— Danielle

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ellen on

I would believe this was marketed by wine lovers FOR wine lovers if it wasn’t for the fact the picture clearly shows the chilling unit attached to red wine which is ruined when chillled.

Lara on

Was going to say the same, Ellen. Also, given the length of time this gadget needs in the freezer, isn’t it cheaper to just put your bottle of [white!] wine in the fridge, or just use ice cubes?

N on

I’m going to assume that the red is just for photographic reasons. But… my MIL drinks cold red wine – is that not disgusting or what?! And I was thinking the same thing about the taking 6 hours to chill. My wine go go in my fridge for long and be plenty cold enough in SIX hours!

Danielle on

Actually, it’s appropriate that the photo shows a bottle of red attached to the Ravi because you are technically supposed to serve red wine slightly chilled. The Ravi is actually intended to be chiefly used with red wine though you can use it with white. You’re just chilling it a bit, not to the cold temperature the fridge would bring it down to. That’s way too cold for red (though if you like it that way, go for it). As I point out in the review, a too-warm bottle masks the aroma and flavor, while a slight chill brings it out.

In our house, we will often buy wine when we buy our dinner ingredients so even white wine wouldn’t have enough chance to cool enough. A product like this is handy because you always keep it in the freezer, like an ice cube maker that always has ice for you. And by the way, putting ice cubes in your wine will water it down.

Marc-André on

Hello my name is Marc-André Nadeau and I work for Ravi Solution, the makers of the Ravi Instant wine refresher.

Please go ahead and visit our website, or Google Red Wine service temperature, you will see that Red wine should be drank between 60 and 66 degrees F. The problem when you drink your red wine warmer than the recommended temperature, the alcohol will start taking the lead and you won’t be able to taste the wine’s more subtle flavors.

Regarding the time to freeze the Ravi, once you’ve bought the device, you simply store it in the freezer so it is always ready to go. Like an ice pack for your lunch box.

Please visit our website for additional information.

Thank you Danielle for talking about our RAVI!

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