When it comes to enjoying wine, there are really only two things one needs: a corkscrew and a wine glass. Some might even say a corkscrew and a straw…or just a corkscrew. That said, most wine lovers have their fair share of gadgets. Bottle stoppers, foil cutters and bottle chillers are just a few wine gadgets that may not be essential, but are helpful. And then there are those that are completely unnecessary but a whole lot of fun! Wine bottle icicles, dinosaur shaped wine holders, elaborate decanters… you get the idea.
While we lean more on the side of the basics at Ponte, we admit that some of the newer and advanced wine gadgets on the market are cool, cool, cool! Who wouldn’t want to try some of these:
Coravin Wine System – This tool allows you to enjoy wine without ever pulling the cork. Oxygen is the main element, which causes wine’s flavors to alter and spoil, and by using the Coravin, you can enjoy any wine by the glass without oxidation occurring. Basically, you’re not committed to the entire bottle in one sitting. No more waiting to open your favorite vintage of Ponte wine for that extra special occasion! Have a glass here and there instead.
Vinnebago – An insulated bottle that holds 25 ounces of liquid and keeps it cold for 25 hours! Pas Doux by the pool, anyone? The stainless steel bottle is vacuum-sealed and triple-walled. No freezing required and no “bottle sweating.” Great for outdoor get-togethers galore!
Wine suitcases – On a personal note, I can’t believe I didn’t know about these sooner! I love traveling to wine regions around the United States, so I usually stuff my suitcase whenever I come across a “ goldmine” of a winery. The result has often been hefty fines at the airport due to my bags being too heavy. These wine suitcases allow you to load up on wine bottles, secure them well and check them at the airport. There are many versions and styles, but my favorite is the VinGardeValise, which holds 12 bottles and falls below the weight limit for baggage on most airlines. There are even inserts available to hold Magnums…whhaatt?! I’m already planning on what I’ll bring home from Ponte: 4 Arneis, 3 Torrontes, a couple Cab Franc’s…
What is your favorite wine gadget?