Wine Gadgets & Accessories

The world of wine lends itself to gadgets. Whether it’s for opening, cooling, pouring or preserving, someone has tried to find a way to give us the best glass of wine possible.

Wine Preservation Systems

Episode 1: Ways to Keep Wine Fresh…

So, is there a single best way to preserve wine?

Many products claim to keep wine fresh, but there are only two ways:

  1. A Stopper: the most basic method is to put something in the neck of the bottle to prevent fresh oxygen getting into the wine. But this does nothing to prevent the oxygen already in the bottle from oxidising the wine, so the emptier the bottle, the less effective this will be.
  2. More complex innovations aim to remove as much oxygen as possible from the bottle before sealing it.

As anyone who enjoys a glass or two of wine will know, after a while oxygen is the great enemy. It’s initially beneficial in small doses, of course – or for some wines even large ones – but eventually oxygen will progressively destroy the quality. These two gadgets take very different approaches to overcoming this chemical conundrum.

  • Wine Saver Pump
    A simple yet highly effective gadget, this pump creates a vacuum and the airtight stopp...

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  • Coravin Wine Preservation System
    Inspired by the age-old dilemma of wanting to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine without...

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Wine Openers / Corkscrews

Episode 2: Removing the Cork…

In its traditional form, the humble corkscrew simply consists of a pointed metallic helix, also known as the ‘worm’, attached to a handle (sometimes even made from old vine stumps), which you screw into the cork then exert upward vertical force to extract it, accompanied by a satisfying ‘pop’. But with the passage of time, this useful little device has grown in complexity. With added handles, hinges, levers, bunny ears and even screwdrivers, these are all corkscrews, but not as you know it.

  • Waiter’s Friend
    A multi-tasking gadget complete with a corkscrew, a foil cutter and a standard metal-to...

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  • Metrokane Six-Piece Rabbit Wine Tool Kit
    Able to pull a cork in three seconds flat and then automatically release it on the 'rev...

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  • Electric Wine Opener with Infrared Wine Thermometer an...
    Driven by the wine cellar tradition of monitoring wine temperature to ensure the best f...

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  • Bosch IXO Vino Cordless Lithium-Ion Screwdriver with C...
    Blending a cordless screwdriver with a wine opening attachment, any DIY enthusiasts wil...

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Decanters

Episode 3: Decanting/Aerating Your Wine

Some wines truly benefit from aeration, or in other words a bit of oxygen, with decanters being a popular option for restaurateurs and wine fanatics alike. Decanters also serve a second purpose for older wines, by separating the wine from its sediment, making sure you enjoy every last mouthful and appreciate the complex aromas.

  • Le Château Wine Decanter
    The perfect size and shape for a standard 75cl bottle of wine, this uniquely shaped dec...

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  • iSommelier
    By bubbling medical grade oxygen through wine, in just a few minutes the iSommelier cle...

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Wine-Tasting Aroma Kits

Episode 4: Learning to Identify Wine Smells

Wine is deeply influenced by a number of elements found in the environment in which it grows, and identifying the aromas in your glass helps you appreciate wine in all its complexity. Sommeliers and entry-level wine lovers turn to aroma kits to develop their understanding of wine, to identify the common flavour of blackcurrant and the more obscure, such as burnt toast.

  • Master Wine Aroma Tasting Kit
    Featuring 88 different scents common in wine, the Aroma Tasting Kit is an educational t...

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  • Le Nez du Vin
    A tool to train your sense of smell, this set includes 54 typical aromas found in red a...

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Drinking Al Fresco

Episode 5: Gadgets to help your outdoor enjoyment…

Wine and good weather go hand in hand; there is nothing better than sitting in the sun with a chilled glass of wine. Here are a number of nifty tools to solve the problem of spillage, heat and a lost wine glass whilst drinking al fresco.

  • Wine Yoke Wine Glass Holders
    The ultimate hands-free wine experience, the Wine Yoke leaves you free to enjoy hors d'...

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  • Wine Glass Plate Clips
    A solution to a common party problem, plate clips provide a safe and secure way to avoi...

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  • Vinnebago
    With stainless steel construction, a vacuum seal and three layers of insulation, the Vi...

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  • Steady Sticks
    These hands-free steady sticks are the perfect way to keep your wine bottle and glasses...

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Party Bits

Episode 6: Throwing a Party?

Socialising and celebrating usually means there is wine on the cards; this selection of gadgets can change a simple gathering into an occasion.

  • Wine Glass Markers
    Glass markers' colourful designs mean you will never lose your glass at a social occasi...

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  • Port Slippers
    Port slippers use a spout to sip the port from the bottom of the glass, but this is mor...

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  • Champagne Sabre
    The perfect show-off’s gadget, the champagne sabre is ideal for opening up a bottle d...

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Sulphites

Episode 7: Dealing with Sulphites

Sulphites in wine are a vital ingredient; they prevent oxidisation and stop the fermentation process which would otherwise turn the wine sour. However, some claim the addition of sulphites add an impurity to the wine which leads to headaches or allergies. With this in mind, and as featured in Episode 7, here are a couple of products claiming to reduce or remove the sulphites in your glass and, hopefully, ease that over-indulgence hangover.

  • Sulphur Strips
    Sulphur strips use a colour system to measure the parts-per-million of sulphur found in...

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  • So2Go Wine Drops
    A preservative neutraliser, Wine Drops oxidise sulphur dioxide gas, which is claimed to...

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Cooling

Episode 8: Chilling your Wine

Serving at the correct temperature helps to unlock the aromas and full flavour of a wine, so making white wine cold and chilling down room-temperature red wines is an easy step to improving the taste. Here are a few gadgets that help.

  • Wine Thermometer
    Attach this thermometer to any wine or Champagne bottle for an accurate temperature rea...

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  • Vacu Vin Rapid Ice Wine Cooler
    Slip the Rapid Ice Wine Cooler over your wine bottle and the contents will be chilled w...

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  • Reusable Wine Ice Balls
    Ice that never melts! These ice balls ensure a chilled and delicious sip without diluti...

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  • Corkcicle Air
    Designed to keep your wine cool from inside the bottle, the Corkcicle Air is genius. Ke...

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  • Cooper Cooler Beverage Chiller
    Currently the fastest appliance to quickly chill a bottle of wine, this device is able ...

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Glasses

Episode 9: Glasses are Vital, and Important

Glasses are one of the key elements when drinking wine. Here are a couple of grape-specific wine glasses, specifically designed and shaped to complement different grape varieties, thereby increasing the enjoyment of each wine.

  • Riedel Vinum XL Pinot Noir Glasses
    The Vinum XL glass shape reveals the intensity and the wine's layers of aroma by allowi...

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  • Riedel Vinum Oaked Chardonnay Wine Glass
    These grape-specific wine glasses have an oversized globe shape designed to showcase th...

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Champagne

Episode 10: Keep your Bubbles in Top Shape

The old wives’ tale of a spoon in a bottle of Champagne might be a myth, but this gadget will keep your bubbles in the bottle for longer.

  • Champagne Cork Bubble Indicator
    The Bubble Indicator keeps the pressure inside the bottle and tells you about the bubbl...

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Wine Problems

Episode 11: Solving Those Eternal Winey Niggles…

Enjoying your favourite bottle of wine can often encounter a few problems, from spillages and stubborn corks, to struggling to clean your glasses. These gadgets will make your drinking experience just that little bit more enjoyable.

  • Wine Pourer
    The wine pourer has two functions – aerating your wine and preventing drips – so yo...

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  • Quirky Tether Wine Stabilizer with Dishwasher Attachme...
    Washing your wine glasses can be risky business, especially when you’re using your di...

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  • Butler’s Friend
    With a large ergonomic handle and a built in bottle opener, the Butler's Friend feature...

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Aerating

Episode 12: Add Air, Age Your Wine

The secret to a good red wine is allowing it to beathe. Adding air into wine and taking sediment out of it can increase the complexity and reduce the tanins in your wine, enhancing the complex flavours. These devices will all help.

  • Wine Breather Carafe
    The Menu Wine Breather Carafe allows you to breathe your wine in an instant. Simply con...

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  • Vacu Vin Wine Aerator
    Designed to slow the flow of wine into the glass and for it to take up extra oxygen, th...

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  • TRIbella Wine Aerator
    This multi-stream wine aeration device makes pouring your wine simple, elegant, and dri...

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