I’ve been asked many times what are my favorite wine tools? One always wonders, what are some excellent tools to have on hand for serving and storing wine. I thought it would be fun to compile my list of favorites. I always prefer the simpler tools. The fancy stuff is pretty, but not for everyday use. So here goes: Wine Tools.
Wine Tools, My Favorites
1. Wine Glasses: These are a must. In general, there are four types of wine glasses: white, red, sparkling (champagne) and port or dessert. I’m sure you’ve heard that the shape of the wine glass matters and I’ll tell you; it does. It significantly improves the proper aeration and ultimately the taste. Below are the glasses I would recommend:
- For red wine the Riedel Ouverture Red Wine Glass.
- For white wine the Riedel Ouverture White Wine Glass.
- For champagne the Riedel Wine Series Champagne Glass.
- For port wine/dessert wine the Riedel Port Wine Glass
You can spend a great deal for wine glasses but getting some good basic wine glasses are all you need and with Riedel you can never go wrong.
2. Wine Openers and Foil Cutters: This simple corkscrew or cork-pull is my go to when I am opening a bottle of wine A simple foil cutter is always helpful and will save your fingernails or kitchen knives.
3. Wine Vacuum Keepers: I never finish a bottle of wine by myself, so this is what I use to save the wine. My favorite wine vacuum tool is the Metrokane Velvet Champagne and Wine Sealer
5. Wine Drip Catcher: Drips from a bottle of wine can be a pain. This simple tool can help make that problem go away.
6. Wine Bottle Coasters: These can save your table and/or table cloth and can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you would like. I like a pretty and inexpensive coaster myself.
7. Wineglass Charms: These are handy when identifying what wineglass belongs to whom at an event or party. They are inexpensive and come in every imaginable style and color. So have a little fun with these.
8. Wine/Bottle Holders: If you don’t want to buy a Wine Chiller like the one I mention below, wine/bottle holders work well if you buy ones that are stackable for the refrigerator.
9. Wine Chillers – Having a small wine refrigerator or chiller helps to store the wine at just the right temperature so that it won’t go bad over time. Wine chillers come in a wide price range; it just depends on your preference. I have a medium wine chiller that holds about 68 bottles. I keep it in my garage, and it makes storing wine a breeze.
You can have fun with wine on any kind of budget. The idea is to share it with friends and have fun;, to “live, love & laugh” while life’s journey continues.
Time for a glass…
P.S. Take a moment to check some of the tools I mentioned in “Wine Tools, My Favorites” through the embedded links in the post and below. 🙂