Being a wine lover is more than a drink preference — it’s a lifestyle. Any true wine lover knows that you need more than a bottle and a glass to enjoy all of the craftsmanship that goes into every batch of pinot noir. There are specific tools of the trade you need if you’re going to call yourself a connoisseur.
If you’re a wine fanatic, or know someone who is, and are looking for a few tools to add to your collection, we can help.
Here are five must-have wine accessories every wine lover needs to have in their arsenal.
1. The Right Opener
Anyone who’s ever had to try open a bottle of their favorite red with a screwdriver can attest to the importance of owning a wine opener.
And, anyone who’s punched themselves in the face with a cheap butterfly corkscrew knows that not all wine openers are equal.
There are dozens of different styles of wine openers out there, and finding the right one is more a matter of flair than a preference in bottle opening.
You can never go wrong with the aptly named “waiter’s friend,” which can also pop the top on a cold brew. However, there are several more technically advanced options available.
From gorgeous standing wine openers to high-tech electrical ones, you’re sure to find the wine opener of your dreams.
2. Wine Aerator
Sometimes, you don’t have time to let your wine breath as it should.
If you find yourself faced with a surprise guest or you’ve had to put a rush on your dinner party, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice flavor to make up for lost time.
With a wine aerator, you won’t have to worry about giving your bottle a chance to breathe. Just pour your selection through the aerator, and the device will pump your wine full of all the air it needs to achieve peak flavor.
While aerators come in all shapes and sizes, you can’t go wrong with one that attaches directly to your bottle. It will help cut down on spills while giving your wine the bubbly treatment it needs.
Decanters were once used to serve valuable alcohols while keeping the price tag under wraps so as not to appear immodest in front of guests.
And while you can use a wine decanter to keep labels off your table, they can serve a much more practical purpose — especially when entertaining.
Decanters allow you an easy way to aerate your wine selection. They can also make serving a little easier thanks to their generally wider openings.
On top of that, you don’t have to wait for your decanter to run out before popping another bottle. You can keep the wine flowing by topping it off all evening long.
4. Wine Rack
True wine connoisseurs don’t just drink wine they collect it.
If you or someone you know takes pride in their wine selections, then why not show off that exquisite taste with a wine rack.
Wine racks give you a safe place to store your bottles. You won’t have to worry about anything rolling away or getting knocked over.
5. Reusable Wine Stopper
Sometimes, you won’t be able to polish off a bottle of wine in a single evening. Which, is why it’s essential to invest in a reliable wine stopper.
A reusable rubber stopper or wine stopper will help keep your wine fresh and ready to go, without you having to wrestle with the original cork.
While some wine stoppers are all efficiency all the time, others can add a touch of personality or even decor to your wine collection. And, they make perfect gifts for the wine lovers in your life.
Must-Have Wine Accessories
Wine is an artform. It takes years of study to understand the intricacies and subtle differences that exist in each bottle. And, with these wine accessories, you won’t have any trouble doing a little research.
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