As more Americans make a glass of wine part of their daily ritual, various gadgets and accessories have entered the market to make this pursuit easier and more enjoyable. Here’s a few of the best ideas for wine lovers.
The Vinturi Wine Aerator has popped up all over, from specialty cooking stores like Sur La Table to chain liquor stores such as BevMo. This gadget speeds up the breathing process for red wines, and makes the wines instantly more yummy. Even white wines benefit from air mixing with the wine, bringing all the aromatics of the wine to play. It also puts on a great show, with the wine swirling around the acrylic funnel and pouring into the glass. While decanters still have a place in every wine lover’s cabinet, you can’t beat the swirling action of the aerator that brings instant gratification, glass by glass!
Wine refrigerators are also an important tool for the wine aficionado. The best ones have at least 2 temperature zones that allow white and sparkling wines to be stored at a colder temperature than reds. Your wines will be at the ready for your drinking pleasure, with proper serving temperatures from 40 to 65 degrees, depending on the type of wine. These refrigerators are available in all sizes, from countertop models for small spaces to large units that can hold over a hundred bottles. Prices have come down in recent years and make them a good way to keep wines that you intend to drink within the year. They are not a substitute for wine storage cabinets or wine cellars that keep wine at an optimum aging temperature of 55 degrees for all wines. The constant temperature and 70% relative humidity of these cellars allow you to home age wines for up to ten years. These wine storage devices are considerably more expensive and space consuming and not for the average home wine collector.
If, like most of us wine drinkers, you have wine left over after dinner, this is normally a recipe for fancy vinegar before you know it. Private Preserve Wine Preservation Spray protects the remaining wine and keeps out dreaded oxygen from the bottle. It uses 100% inert non-toxic gas to displace the oxygen in the bottle and blanket the wine with a layer of protection while you insert a cork or stopper. This simple spray helps keep your wine fresh for a few days so no guzzling is required!
Another essential for bubbly lovers is a champagne preservation re-corker. This chrome-plated resealer slips into the bottle like a cork and the chrome flap slips over the lip, creating a very tight seal. Just put it back into the refrigerator and your bubbles will dance their way through your next flute of sparkling wine.
Bring home a nice bottle of wine, chill it, aerate it, and preserve it but most of all, enjoy the vino!