I’m not much of a drinker but when I do imbibe, you can bet it will be a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. And despite the fact that this crisp, fruity white wine is my go-to, I almost never have a chilled bottle at the ready in my fridge.
This lack of foresight has left me in a bind on those rare occasions when I feel like pouring myself a glass and have to grab a last-minute, lukewarm bottle from the liquor store, but never so desperate as to drop ice cubes in my drink. While room-temperature white wine isn’t ideal, it’s far more preferable to having it watered down—and committing a serious faux pas in the process.
As it turns out, I no longer have to choose between the lesser of two evils, thanks to a stylish new bar accessory that can only be described as whiskey stones for wine. Officially dubbed “wine gems,” the fluorite-stone spheres are the product of a limited-edition collaboration between New Zealand winery Kim Crawford and home decor brand Anna New York by RabLabs.
Although they’re meant to be paired with the Marlborough vineyard’s 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, these opaque orbs will keep any white wine chilled for up to an hour without diluting it. It only takes three of these frozen natural marbles to temperature regulate a glass, so each set of six ($76) is enough to cover two people who are horrible at advance planning.
Are these wine gems a necessary kitchen gadget? No, but just having the pretty pellets—which range in color from milky teal to deep violet—swirl around the bottom of your glass makes swilling vino feel extra sophisticated. Which is something you certainly wouldn’t be able to say with chunks of frozen water polluting your Pinot Gris.
Kim Crawford Wine Gems by Anna New York, six for $76; at Anna New York by RabLabs