Don’t Lose It in The Cold

As we bundle up and head into the winter holidays, it pays to remember friends with a bottle of Champagne or wine.

Maybe it was retrieving your mail while you were in Michigan? Or laughing it off when little Johnnie broke your window with his fast pitch? Oh, and the night you had that party back in July and they weren’t on the invite list?

The cold, hard truth is, though, that wine or beer will freeze if left out in winter weather. That means the carton in your trunk. That means the gift bottle you threw a ribbon on and left on their front porch. That means the leftovers from the big Thanksgiving bash that you thought were safe in the detached garage.

A safe rule of thumb for wine to survive a brutal Chicago winter: Keep it where you’d keep a pet — just not in a backyard doghouse.

Schaefer’s Fine Wines, Foods & Spirits