Ceramic Wine Cooler. Heavy Terracotta "Brique a Vin" Wine Chiller.
This is a vintage French terracotta wine cooler. Perfect for Summer drinks outdoors. It would make a great gift for a host/hostess filled with their favorite bottle.
Tactile and rustic, it has been scored with an indentation of the words "Brique à Vin", into the clay before firing, charming in its simplicity.
The wine cooler stands 24cms/ 9½" tall and is 13cms/ 5¼" diameter.
It is chunky, weighing 1.5kgs/ 2.4 lbs.
It is in great condition with no chips or cracks. Being unglazed terracotta, it has a 'rough' surface texture and all the original clay marks from firing giving it a wonderful "earthy" rustic charm. It has a couple of light marks on the outside of the cooler, consistent with use (see images).
These wine coolers are very effective during Summer to keep your white wine or rosé chilled. It can also be used in Winter to keep your red wine at the correct room temperature.
How it works (there are two ways to use it):
For chilling white wine and rosé:
Soak the wine cooler in cold water for about 7 minutes. The clay will darken as it absorbs the moisture, empty the water and place your favorite bottle of chilled wine in the cooler. The evaporation process will keep your wine cold for 3/4 hours!
For maintaining red wine at the 'idéale température':
Once you have warmed your red wine to the correct room temperature simply place it into the wine cooler and it will remain at the same temperature throughout the meal.
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