It’s been a while since I indulged in a new toy….when my friend Greg sent me a photo from California, I knew I had to have it. It is long, smooth and surprisingly tactile. From its handle to its tapered tip, it promised countless evenings of untold pleasure….
I picked up my Corkcicle at CA Paradis, my favourite toy store, for $25.
As I wrote in my piece on another wine gadget, you can chill wine from the outside in or vice versa. Most people use a frozen wine sleeve that fits around a bottle or place their wine in an ice bucket. The Corkcicle is essentially a freezer pack that you insert into the bottle itself, cooling your wine from the inside out.
Although the toy hardly needed instructions, I dutifully read them before popping the Corkcicle into the freezer overnight. This morning, I removed a bottle of wine from the wine cooler and brought up a red from the wine cellar. The Corkcicle claims to keep chilled white wine and room temperature red wine at an optimal drinking temperature far better than an ice bucket.
Following Step 4 of 4, I gingerly inserted the corkcicle into the bottle. Being awake during high school physics, I expected it to displace the wine in the bottle and, sure enough, I lost a good quarter of a glass of 2010 Echeverria Sauvignon Blanc (part of a Lifford Wine Agency order). Yes, yes, I did know better but I wanted this to be a true test of the Corkcicle and that includes following the instructions.
As far as keeping the cold white wine cold and lowering the red wine’s temperature to below the 20 or so degrees of the average Canadian home, the Corkcicle delivered. The illustration on the box implies that it would keep either wine at optimal temperature for more than 45 minutes; I found that it really only stayed cold for 30 minutes, when the liquid inside the Corkcicle thawed completely.
I can’t say that it is a beautiful looking toy and there is something definitely phallic about inserting a frozen icicle into a bottle of wine so I’m not sure I would use it in polite company. But, while the Corkcicle did not have the advertised stamina, it did perform its primary function satisfactorily and required no batteries.