“ Brand: Georg Jensen „
I work for a Danish firm and every Christmas they give us a gift with a Danish flavour. Often we have received home wares gifts from the prestigious Danish luxury goods brand Georg Jensen. The brand make jewellery and watches as well as home gifts like cutlery, cheese boards (I have one of these), candlesticks etc. The company was founded in Copenhagen in 1904 and the design ethos is all about simplicity and flowing lines (which fits in with the other items I have from them).
The wine cooler is certainly a stylish thing. Smooth, shiny stainless steel makes it look very sophisticated. It has a really cool curve at the top, making it look elegant. The cooler works just with double layered steel keeping the wine cool, you don't plug it in or anything. It feels cool to the touch even when at room temperature. I have only put wine from the fridge in here, and it certainly maintains the temperature. I have put a room temperature bottle in, and it doesn't cool that, it just keeps already cold bottles chilled.
The cooler is 21cm high with an external circumference of 33cm. This leaves plenty of room, even for a fat bottle of sparking stuff - the widest bottle I have is 28cm in circumference, that fits in snugly. When taking a bottle out it makes a really loud annoying clunk, and a lasting ringing sound if you knock it against the side of the cooler. I guess this is a show of the quality, but it makes me wince. The cooler is sturdy and I think if it got knocked it wouldn't tip over, like a half empty bottle of wine would. It would have to be a hell of a crash against the table to knock it I think. It weighs 850g on its own.
The wine cooler came in a simple, quality cardboard box with a little booklet giving cleaning instructions. It is recommended to use warm soapy water and a soft brush, but I have found a wipe over with a damp cloth and a buff with a clean tea towel keeps it clean. I have more trouble with finger marks than wine drops.
I'd love to tell you of all the complements I have received when using this but to be honest I have only used it twice so far, and one time was with colleagues who had the exact same cooler. The cooler is functional as well as stylish but not that eye-catching and your guests are unlikely to be blown away by it.
Now for the horrible bit: It sells for £100. I kid you not - that it the price on both the Georg Jensen website and John Lewis. I bought my parents a nice stainless steel wine cooler from John Lewis a few years ago; it cost me about a tenner, so there is no real need to spend this sort of money. My parents' cooler keeps wine cool and whilst not so shaped or fancy is aesthetically acceptable. They are plenty of stylish wine coolers on the market; you don't have to spend this sort of money if you don't want to.