Here are some of our favorite wine accessories and why we like each one. The Amazon links are affiliate links so we’ll get a few cents if you buy something but Amazon promises us it wont raise your price for the item. If you do purchase something, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do and thanks for supporting us!
HiCoup HK-01-Rosewood Kitchenware Waiters Corkscrew Bottle Opener and Foil Cutter – Rosewood: A double-hinged “waiters’s key” style corkscrew is our preference for removing corks from our wine bottles. We’ve tried a few different brands and find this one works best all-around. What puts it over the competition is the foil-cutter knife – it’s slightly curved which may help it contact the bottle better, and the teeth work well to cut the foil without leaving bits of foil everywhere, a common problem with other corkscrews we’ve tried.
Wine Pourer with Built-in Filter: If you’ve ever had sediment in the bottom of your wine glass, you’re sure to appreciate this wine pourer with built-in filter as much as we do. It also provides a nice pour-edge to help reduce drips.
Govino Flexible Shatterproof Wine Glasses: Because they’re shatterproof, these things are awesome for enjoying wine on the patio or while camping. If your local wine shop does tastings and allows you to bring your own glasses, the Govinos will allow you to swirl and smell the wine much better than the tiny, disposable, shot-glass style cups used at most wine-shop tastings. The thumb-notch on the side of the glass helps you maintain a stable grip and it totally looks slick too.
Vacu Vin Wine Saver Pump: Pumps like this help to remove some air (and therefore oxygen) from opened bottles, so your unfinished wine will last another day or two. They work best if you know right away that you’re not going to finish the bottle, and you remove the air immediately after pouring each glass. For even better results, store the bottle in the fridge after removing the air as cooler temperatures help lessen oxidation.
Vacu Vin Active Cooler: This cooling sleeve cools wine in about 20 minutes, so you don’t have to plan hours ahead before opening a bottle of white wine. Plus, you can cool a bottle on the go – perfect for dinner at friend’s place. We purchased the silver color but you can get other colors or even patterns.
Vacu Vin Wine Bottle Coaster: Tony loves the look of this bottle coaster. It keeps drips or condensation off your table and the rubber feet help to protect table surfaces. The only downside to this one is it doesn’t fit the widest bottles.
Menu Winebreather Aerating Decanter: This decanter has a special pour spout which allows you to attach it to a wine bottle, flip the whole thing over (use both hands!) and while the wine empties into the carafe, it runs along the sides, incorporating oxygen which helps to soften tannins, eliminate certain off-flavors (if the wine is whats called “reduced”), and bring bring out other good flavors. The pour spout also helps eliminate drips, and the whole thing just looks great! It also has a cap if you live in an area with fruit flies or the like and want to keep them out while letting your wine breathe.