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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I have a bottle of wine in the fridge, but I will be traveling with it for up to two hours. How do I keep it cold until I reach my destination?
—Graham, London, England
If traveling with a cooler and some ice isn’t an option, there are freezable gel packs which you can slide over a bottle of wine that work to keep a bottle cold for a while. They’re pretty handy, and I have some friends that swear by them. There are also reusable freezable cooling packs that don’t necessarily fit around a bottle, but you could wrap the bottle inside a towel with a couple of those.
Another way to keep a bottle cool longer is to wrap it with a wet paper towel or tea towel and place it in the freezer for about 15 minutes—but only 15 minutes!
If the bottle isn't as cool as you wanted when you are ready to open it, just let it sit a few minutes in a bucket filled with ice and water for a superfast cool down.