Highlights » Vol. 9

RAVI: Chilling Wine to Perfection

By Jill Hart

On January 25 I was lucky enough to attend the Boston Wine Expo at the Seaport World Trade Center with a good friend who ~ fortunately! ~ knows much more about wine than do I. Had I attended alone, I might have done something unforgivably déclassé like pour myself a glass of water from the one of the many pitchers designed solely for providing guests a bit of water with which to rinse out their glasses in between tastings. Or worse, I might have focused solely on the wines themselves, missing out on someone of the wonderful (both for their creativity and simplicity of use) gadgets/accessories/devices that were on display as well.

Had I been so singular in my purpose, I would have walked right by a display table for a product called Ravi, an instant wine chiller with the tagline “Treat your wine with respect.” Two delightful French Canadian gentlemen were manning the booth and, since my companion is also French Canadian, the next 30 minutes of my time were [happily!] taken up by enthusiastic demonstration of the Ravi (and quite a bit of lighting fast French conversation, of which I understood approximately 4 words…I think).

Although there are other so-called “instant” wine chillers on the market, this Canadian invention can cool a bottle of wine up to 40 times faster than any of them and is designed primarily for reds, which should be enjoyed at wine cellar temperature, between 12 and 18 degrees Celsius. Our “hosts” explained that red wines are often served too warm; when that happens, the alcohol “…tends to predominate, concealing the fruit of the wine…[as a result] the wine loses its typicity and personality.”

So how does Ravi accomplish its cooling feat, one that has already won over oenophiles in Italy, Austria, Thailand and other countries across the globe (not to mention this writer, who ~ thanks to her new acquisition ~ has enjoyed several perfectly chilled bottles since the Expo)? The cooling process, which chills the wine as opposed to the entire bottle, takes place as the wine passes through the ravi: because its internal tube is made from the same stainless steel out of which fermentation tanks are made, it does not affect the wine’s characteristics or alter its taste. The designers of the Ravi realize that not all wines are enjoyed at the same temperature, so they created a valve that controls the flow of liquid to regulate the temperature. Store your Ravi in the freezer, place it into your bottle when you’re ready to enjoy a bottle of wine yourself or share some with guests, and within literally seconds you’ll be savoring wine cooled to exactly the right temperature. Best of all, there’s no particular maintenance required; just rinse with water and let air dry.

How does it work?

  • Ravi must be kept in the freezer so it is ready to go!
  • Insert the Ravi on the bottle and pour. The wine is chilled as it passes through the stainless steel tube.
  • The air inlet allows you to manage the temperature drop. By covering it intermittingly the _ow of the wine slows down; the more time it spends in the Ravi, the colder it gets.

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