With the holiday season near, it is time to begin thinking about gift giving. Wine lovers always appreciate nifty gizmos that enhance the taste of their wine. Many wine gizmos range from inexpensive to expensive, depending on how much money you decide to spend on the lucky person.
1. Vinturi Wine Aerator – Lately, I have seen a lot of advertisements for the wine accelerator. This device decreases the amount of time a person has to wait for the wine to fully develop once it has been uncorked. With this, wine is poured through the device, and air is instantly brought to the wine, bringing out its full flavor. Many places sell the item, however, I have seen QVC endorse it a lot. On http://www.qvc.com the product is $33.12 and will be shipped directly to your home, or the recipients home. The price also includes a stand. Any wine connoisseur knows that the amount of air in wine is essential to the taste.
2. Rabbit Wine Opener – The latest, effortless, wine opener has taken America by storm. With this cork screw, no strength is needed. A bottle of wine is uncorked with two simple motions, a push of the handle down, and then pull up. It’s easy. These openers do range in price though. The price depends on the amount of accessories that come with the opener. Some include a cutter, for the wrapping, and sometimes even a stopper for those unfinished bottles of wine. Many retail stores sell these, including: TJ Maxx, World Market, Williams-Sonoma, QVC, almost anywhere. Before purchase be sure to investigate the features, and the warranty to guarantee the best price. Rabbit wine openers range from $30 – upward.
3. The Wine Deck – If there is someone on your list that is just beginning to love wine, this is the perfect gift. The Wine Deck is a deck of cards with descriptions of many wines, and flavors. This gives the beginning wine drinker an idea of what wines are best to pair with what foods. The cards also explain the differences between wines. This can be bought at http://www.wine.com for $13.99. A very inexpensive gift. No better way to get a young drinker exposed to wine than with this!
4. CLEF DU VIN – This tool helps enthusiasts who can’t wait for wine to age, speed the aging process. With this tool, wine ages 1 year for every second it touches the wine. Amazing. Supposedly it has been scientifically proven and tested…so you can be the judge. The price isn’t cheap though, regularly $105, now on sale for $85. Check out http://www.wineaccessory.com/clef.htm for more information, and to decide for yourself if you want to chance this, or give this as a gift to a friend.
Those are just a few options that I have seen recently available as wine accessories. During the holiday season, or for any gift giving occasion, giving a wine accessory is often very practical. Many people enjoy trying these weird inventions to see if they actually work! I’ll probably have more posts soon about other accessories that are currently popular.
My pick this year is the Wine Aerator. I think this will definitely help with the flavor of wine. I’m actually debating whether or not to buy one myself, but I have seen several promos about it, and it is quite tempting! Last year, I thought the rabbit wine openers were popular, however, I still think that many people are still just beginning to use them. The rabbit openers are wonderful, although I still love a traditional foldable cork screw. As with everything, it’s about preference.