From time to time a wine-related gadget appears that makes me wonder just how correct P.T. Barnum might have been. The latest such gadget (I prefer the word "chupchik") to make its way to me (thankfully only by email and not in the flesh) is Ravi.
Ravi is basically a nozzle that fits on the end of wine bottles and, as your pour is said to lower the temperature to whatever you consider ideal for that wine. As the brochure has it " Ravi is based on the innovative concept of cooling wine at the very moment it’s served. It’s not the bottle that is cooled, but the wine itself. The cooling process takes place as the wine passes through ravi. With an internal tube made from the same stainless steel used for fermentation tanks, ravi maintains the wine’s characteristics and never alters the taste. ."
Odd, I had never thought that a temperature controlled wine would harm the flavor of a wine. In fact, even the good old refrigerator (or ice-box for those who don't have refrigerators) will cool the bottle and thus the ingredients inside as well and do minimal if any harm at all to the wine in those bottles.
But then again, ravi is said to consist of two components – the first which is kept in the freezer and the second, the part that goes into the neck of the bottle, stored with kitchen utensils.
And all that for a measily US$50. Anyone want to try it? If so, you can order at http://chillyourwine.com/
. Me, I'll give this one the same miss that I give magnets and breathable glasses.