10 Sneaky Tricks Every Wine Drinker Needs to Know

Never find cork scraps in your pinot noir again.

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These ideas will make opening, storing, and (most importantly) drinking your beverage better.

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Vanilla Extract
Chill Wine With Grapes

It's simple: Wash your fruit, then pop 'em into the freezer for five to six hours. They act like an ice cube, but won't melt and dilute your drink — they're a tasty snack afterwards.

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Loopy
Sweeten It Up

For a summer treat, drop a colorful ice pop into your glass of white wine. Just consider yourself warned: You'll want to try every flavor in the your box before summer ends.

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The Art of Doing Stuff
Freeze Leftovers

The only catch? You're not going to want to serve these reserves at your next book club. This hack is more for cooking purposes when you need a splash here and there for a saucy concoctions.

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Create Live
Filter Out Cork Pieces

So you accidentally crumbled part of your cork into your brand-new bottle of pinot. No worries! Just fit a triangle style coffee filter over a glass, then pour. All the nasty bits will be caught in the paper, not your glass.

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eHow
Open a Bottle With a Drill

If you're a DIY type that has tools closer at hand than a corkscrew, this tip's for you. Just use a power drill to insert a screw into the top, then tug the cork out with a hammer.

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Erin McGinn
Make a Slushie

For a grown-up twist on a summer staple, use everyone's favorite pink wine. It's as easy as freezing rosé in an ice cube tray, then blending it up the next day.

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Made With Happy
Cool Down With Towels

Don't settle for warm white wine. Dampen a paper towel, wrap it around the bottle, then pop it in the freezer for a few minutes. You'll be shocked by how quickly it cools down.

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Ethan Calabrese
Infuse With Fruit Flavor

If you want to try the fruit trick, but add a little oomph, use frozen blackberries, cherries, or pineapple. It adds color and sweetness to your already tasty glass.

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Someday Food
Make a Muffin Tin "Tray"

If you're hosting a group, don't take multiple trips back to the kitchen to hand out all of your beverages. A muffin tin will hold 12 small plastic glasses at one time — and it's as close to spill-proof as you can get.

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Cuisine at Home
Recork With Plastic Wrap

So you didn't finish your bottle (there's always tomorrow!). If you want to reuse your cork, wrap it in plastic wrap first to help it glide back in with ease.

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