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Thirsty Thursday, anyone?
I have been ordering a monthly wine supply from Winc Wine Club (you can get $22 off your order with this link) since the pandemic started and it’s one of my favorite purchases.
In my past life, I worked as a bartender and a cocktail waitress. I can still make delicious cocktails, but I invested a lot of my time learning about wine so I could recommend glasses and bottles to customers.
Early in my wine journey, I was lucky enough to have a friend in California. We took a wine tour through Temecula and tasted some of the best wine I’ve had to this day. I absolutely loved seeing the vineyards, too!
When I got back from California, I found a wine class I could take. It was through LSU’s Leisure Courses.
The wine classes were divided by region. The instructor was a wine seller, and he did an amazing job of teaching us about how wine is made and what affects its flavor (weather, terrain, the aging process, etc.).
In class, we got to taste 8+ wines each night — the class was once per week — and we could place orders for bottles we liked. I met some great people in those classes (I took several of them) and it was a fun way to learn about wine. I still have all of my notes!
But, when I moved to Austin, I started experiencing more anxiety. And, after my dad passed away, I was scared to drink — afraid it would make me sad.
So, when I signed up for Winc, I was a little nervous, but I wanted to get back to trying different wines and learning about them. After several months of wine delivery, I’ve learned how to enjoy the wine without a care, and it’s brought back a hobby (can we call drinking wine a hobby?) I missed!
I’m saying all of this to explain to you why I plunked down a decent chunk of change for the Ullo Chill Wine Purifier!
It started with the wine subscription, then I asked for Wine Wands for Christmas (you can read my review of them here).
These wands take the sulfates and allergens out of wine and, as someone who sometimes sneezes after a glass of red wine, these things worked! Not only did I not sneeze, I also didn’t feel as big of a buzz after a glass, which I appreciated.
I want to be able to taste the wine and actually function — I hate when I’m trying to read a book or watch a movie and welp, I have no clue what’s happened because I’ve had a glass of wine.
But, the Wine Wands were wasteful and I felt guilty tossing plastic into the trash. They’re also expensive if you’re someone who drinks regularly.
So, I started searching for more eco-friendly options. Enter: the Ullo Chill Wine Purifier.
I just want to note that at the time of this writing, it’s on major sale — not planned, but I’m jealous of anyone who gets this deal 🙂
What is the Ullo Chill Wine Purifier?
This purifier removes the sulfates from your wine, aerates it, and puts it at the right temperature (particularly for red wine).
The device uses single-use filters (they look like tea bags, so no more tossing plastic) and you can use single-glass filters or one that works for an entire bottle.
Ullo has a regular Wine Purifier that still removes sulfates and aerates your wine. You can use either device for a single glass of wine or an entire bottle.
When you buy the Ullo Chill, you also get 4 bottle filters and a case to hold everything in. It also comes with a little holder for the device, which comes in handy more than I anticipated.
I bought mine near Valentine’s Day, so there was a sale. Thanks to the sale, I added a pack of single-glass filters and a pack of bottle filters to my cart.
Ullo Chill Wine Purifier Review
Now that I’ve used it for a few months, I feel I can offer lots of thoughts on it.
At first, I was a little intimidated by it. There are a few strict directions you have to follow in terms of putting it together, but after doing it a few times, I got the hang of it.
I do enjoy the filters over the Wine Wands since I’m not throwing away plastic, and there’s the option for an entire bottle instead of glass by glass.
If you start with a bottle filter but only drink a glass or so, you can put the half-used filter in the fridge and use it for the rest of the bottle later, which I appreciate.
I have a little bit of a hangup with the way the “chill” portion of the purifier works.
The device has a few separate parts, but the chilled portion goes in the freezer to… chill. So, when you pour one glass… I assume you can’t put the entire device in the freezer, so I take it apart and put the chill portion in the freezer while I drink glass one.
This is a bit cumbersome to me. Since purchasing this device, I’m trying to limit my wine intake to a single glass, so it’s not an issue now, but I can’t not mention it.
If there are multiple people in your home having wine or you’re hosting a dinner party — this would also be a non-issue because you’d pour everything faster.
I also think using a carafe — I’m eyeing this one — would eliminate the issue of putting the device in and out of the freezer.
If you’re more of a white wine or rose drinker, I don’t know that I would bother with the Chill since the wine itself is already chilled — just go for the standard purifier.
Other than that, I do love this thing. I use it for every glass of wine and the price really isn’t so bad if you consider how much you’d spend on similar, disposable options.
I also appreciate the case it comes with. I keep everything inside it (minus the chill part, which I keep in the freezer) and it will be nice to use once gatherings kick back up — bring it to a friend’s house or on a picnic!
All in all, I would totally recommend this product to wine drinkers, especially if you suffer from the side effects that come with it (sneezing, redness, headaches, etc.).
But splurging the extra $10 for the “chill” aspect all depends on your drinking habits.
Do you use wine filters? If so, what kind?
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I briefly worked at a winery restaurant and I learned to appreciate wine there. Those classes sound cool, and I’ve always wanted to go to Napa Valley to do a wine tour. I already have a trip planned for the Michigan wine trail once school is out, so I’m excited for that. Anyway, I think filters and decanters are great for reds (especially the dry reds)! I love wine, but I hate the tannin headaches. Highly considering this purifier now…
The classes were awesome! While the wine club isn’t the same, there’s quite a bit of info about each wine on the website and it’s affordable pricing which helps. I definitely want to go to Napa, too… or anywhere LOL.
I did a wine club for a little bit, but had to stop for budget reasons. I’m thinking about joining one again, so I’m looking at options before I commit. My boyfriend went to Napa before we met, which is so rude in my opinion because he doesn’t even appreciate wine lol! We plan on going together, but apparently it’s best to go in September and that’s just not feasible for me because that’s when the school year starts. I’m just going to save my time off so I can go one year, but I’ll take a vacation anywhere to be honest!
Do you find that you feel better when the sulfites are removed from the wine?
The only side effect I really notice with wine is that I sneeze! When I filter it, I don’t and that’s what sold me on it.