The very best way to chill a bottle of wine is in a bucket of ice and water. Fill the ice bucket up about about 3/4 full of ice mixed with water. Bury the base of the bottle of wine in the ice and allow it to chill for about 20 minutes. You can also chill wine in the refrigerator, but it will take a good three hours to chill to an appropriate serving temperature
. Also remember that wine and freezers are not friends. No matter how tempting it is to just pop a bottle in the freezer for "just a few," resist the temptation and save your wine!
The bucket of ice and water,"no frills" method for chilling wine is tried and true and will leave you with wine at its best.