I have taught the wine classes Fairleigh Dickinson for the past 15 years and am closer to the International School of Hospitality management than to my Alma Mater Columbia University. I am hoping to interview President Obama (or his chef/wine consultant) about their preferences for wine in the White House. The President has a large wine cellar in his home in Chicago.
I never write about a product without testing it first. A few weeks ago I was at the Pennsylvania Wine & Food Festival at Split Rock Resort and spent some time at the booth for the Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage Chiller and Vin Podium Rapid Wine Chiller. The Cooper Cooler can chill an aluminum beer or soda can in 1-minute, a glass or plastic bottle in 3 1/2 and a wine bottle in 6 minutes. For larger necked bottles (like a standard 750ML wine bottle) the front comes off so they can lay flat. There is a spin cycle which should not be used for delicate wines (instead use the no spin option to prevent agitation of the wine). I was also concerned that the can or bottle of soda I tested would foam out when opened. It never happened as I tested soda, beer and wine. My biggest problem with both units was figuring out how much water and ice to add. The instruction booklet was not very helpful but a call to the company offices brought me the correct answers. I chilled a bottle of champagne using the Vim Podium. It also can be used with 1.5 ML bottles but I did not have one available to test. I thought the water might splash outside the Vin Podium but all there was were small droplets of water, more like perspiration. I would use either product in a heartbeat. The suggested retail price is $60-$80 for the Cooper Cooler, depending on the model. There is even a Tailgater model for $80-$90 that comes with a 12V DC vehicle plug. The Vin Podium retails for $80-$90.
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