We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Wine isn’t just a drink, it’s a lifestyle. We live wine. It doesn’t matter what form it comes in or what color it is, we will drink it. If asked our favorite fruit, would we answer grapes? Duh.
If you’re a vino enthusiast like ourselves, you’ll appreciate each and every one of these life hacks that we’ve come to learn in our many wine endeavors. Cheers!
1. Freeze grapes to make ice cubes.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to keep your glass of wine cool without using ice, try frozen grapes! Not only will you avoid watering down your favorite beverage, but these delectable fruits add a fancy look to any glass without the extra effort.
2. Use a screw and fork to open a bottle.
We can’t even count how many times we’ve lost our corkscrew. Of course, this wasn’t going to stop us from getting to our wine. We just had to get creative. In case you didn’t know, a fork and screw make a great makeshift bottle opener. Just stick the screw into the cork and leverage it out with your fork.
3. Pour leftover red wine into ice cube trays and freeze, to use while cooking.
If you enjoy cooking with a bit of wine here and there, try using an ice tray to freeze some of your leftover wine (if there is any.) That way, next time you feel like whipping up something delicious you have wine cubes at your fingertips.
4. Make Cheap wine taste better with your blender.
Let’s be honest, the majority of us can appreciate a cheap bottle of wine, especially when we’re living that broke AF life. One way to make an inexpensive wine taste a little bit more expensive is by tossing it in your blender. It’s essentially aerating your wine without a fancy decanter.
5. Use a coffee filter to save your wine when the cork breaks.
Lord knows we’ve broken our fair share of wine corks, but if that’s taught us anything it’s that coffee filters are life savers. Simply set out your glass, place a filter on top and pour the bottle over it. The filter will catch any pieces and leave you with a delicious cork-free glass of vino.
6. Neutralize red wine stains with table salt and white wine.
Some people in our office (ahem, Jennifer McCall) have a tendency to spill red wine, like ALL the time. One quick way to get these wine stains out is to neutralize them with table salt and white wine. We know what you’re thinking, “why would I clean wine with more wine?” Trust us, it works.
7. Speed up chill time by wrapping a linen towel around the wine bottle and placing it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
If the gals are on their way over for a wine night, but you’ve forgotten to chill your bottles don’t panic. Grab a damp linen towel and wrap it nice and snug around the bottle. Then place in the freezer for 15 minutes. By the time your girls arrive, your wine will be ice cold.
8. Use a pool float or a sock to protect your wine when packing for a trip.
No need to hide it, we know you travel with wine because we do it too. The next time you decide to bring your vino on a trip with you, try slipping it into a pool floaty or thick sock. This will protect the bottle and all of your clothes. A win, win.
9. Muffin tins make for great wine serving trays.
I’ve seriously lost count of how many times I’ve tried to serve multiple wine glasses at once and managed to spill them all. If you are less than coordinated, like myself, try using a muffin tray to carry the wine out at your next party. It’s convenient and clean.
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