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    Published on June 17th, 2013 | by Greg


    Brookstone: Get Your Drinks Cool, Quickly

    Over the weekend, we looked at a few great items for Father’s Day. Among them were a great wine and tequila, each of which is better chilled. And we’re happy to provide the other side of that coin- a great way to chill each beverage. If your gift didn’t go over so well- or if your that Dad that is looking for a gift to yourself- then consider this pair of items for your kitchen, from Brookstone.

    The Brookstone Iceless Wine Chiller is an quick and easy way to get your bottle of wine cooled to the appropriate temperature. If you forgot to put your wine in the fridge- or if the fridge is full, or you just want to get the temperature to a more precise point- then this is the gadget for you. You can set it on the tabletop to keep the bottle chilled as well, and can forget about ice buckets. Granted, you’ll need a power outlet nearby, and need to keep the Wine Chiller plugged in, but we found it useful and a fun conversation piece. It takes up less space than a refrigerator, and uses less electricity as well.

    As they say: “simply select your wine from the database of 40 wines and our chiller automatically brings your bottle to the recommended temperature to bring out the best possible palette, bouquet, and wine-drinking experience”. We tried both reds and whites, as well as bubbly sparkling wines, and found it worked well across all three types though might not fit all bottles. It works fairly quickly from cooler temperatures though takes awhile if you’re coming from a warmer 80-degree point, and does make a fair bit of noise. It’s also not the most attractive unit. But it gets the job done easily, with no mess or fuss, and we liked the timer that lets you know how long until your bottle is ready. Available now, for around $80, online and in stores.

    If it’s whiskey, vodka, or any other spirit that you’re trying to chill, then the Brookstone Stainless Steel Drink Chillers are for you. We’ve tried out plenty of styles of whiskey rocks- the stone kind- but this is one of the few stainless steel versions that we’ve seen. They add a nice, modern touch to any bar, and the set of six cubes are easier to clean as well. Plus, they work better and faster, offering some serious chilling power. With rocks, we would often use two in a glass, but these only needed one and had our drink chilled from room temperature within a minute. They won’t dilute your drink, like ice, and take about three to four hours to get fully cold before and between uses. At a cost of only $25, these are an easy recommendation, and something that every spirits drinker can appreciate.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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