5 Wine Gadgets for the Aficionado And Why You Should Buy Them
Convenience and bottles of wine go hand-in-hand, in our opinion. These gadgets make drinking even lighter work.
Think of this as the Nespresso of wines: D-Vine takes the science out of wine-serving and has the know-how of a proper sommelier, nailing the perfect aeration and temperature for each and every wine 100ml flacon in the brand's growing library. It takes less than a minute and is entirely automated, so you don’t have to labour way in advance decanting and chilling the wine. More vintages are being added to the mix, so check back with their website often.
Coravin Wine "Gun"
This unlikely-looking candidate with an atypical form factor has turned out to be the product with the most glowing reviews. The ingenious device allows for wine consumption by the glass without uncorking or affecting a bottle's contents. It simply pushes a needle through the cork, pumps inert (and hence harmless) argon gas into your bottle, and extricates only the liquid when you thumb the trigger. The cork closes naturally when you withdraw the needle. So no, it won't work with screw-cap wines, but that's not what you bought the gun for, anyway. Currently available from The Oaks, Enoteca Singapore and The Vintage Club.
Wine Gems from Kim Crawford
Whisky fanatics get whisky stones, so why shouldn't wine lovers? For the delicate drinks that lose their crisp edge when left tepid, these fluorite marbles are the answer. Pop them in the freezer for a long-lasting chilling effect, or simply refrigerate them for lighter jobs. Available from Kim Crawford in the U.S.
Strap-on wine thermometer
Sommeliers will vouch for one thing: the slightest difference in serving temperature can make a stellar wine taste mediocre, and the reverse is almost true. Ensure you're not muting the best flavours in your pours with an easy-to-monitor thermometer that you can leave on the bottle. Word of caution: many owners seem to have accidentally thrown out the device with finished bottles - perhaps a sign that the thermometer is doing its job all too well.
Available from Amazon.com.
Enomatic Wine System
The granddaddy of wine serving systems, the Italian Enomatic's been around for a good 14 years - proof that it is indeed a practical and timeless tool. Initially conceived to help busy restaurants serve house pours and by the glass while preserving the integrity of the wine for a few days after uncorking, it also sits in the homes of the most prolific hosts and hostesses who serve multiple bottles across several seatings. Disclaimer: small amounts of oxygen still get in, so if you're pouring a small amount, go for the Coravin instead. Available through their website.