Best Bet: The Corkcicle


Wine buckets swallow up cupboard space and are too big to tote to that last-gasp Indian-summer picnic, anyway. The Corkcicle ($24.95 at Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store, 365 State St., nr. Bond St., Boerum Hill; 718-522-9848), however, stows in a freezer, rinses easily, and rapidly chills bottles without diluting the blend. The icicle-shaped spear, which you insert into a wine bottle immediately after pouring your first glass, is made of nontoxic gel encased in BPA-free plastic. It maintains the optimal temperature for whites — about 50 degrees — for 45 minutes, but can also cool reds to cellar temperature in ten minutes flat. Plus, a light-up leash, a superior pair of rain boots, and more in this week's issue. [NYM]