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Two Women on Wine: Wine accessories as gifts

Aerators, decanters, preservers and cork screws

Posted: April 13, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: April 13, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Lil Lepore and Shari Frazier

 

If you are unsure about what gift to give a wine lover, we will take the guesswork out with a few favorite suggestions. Here are some great wine accessories and gadgets your friends will love. Remember, sometimes drinking wine is about more than just the right wine. It is about how you serve and preserve the wine.

The first is the wine aerator. Wine that is allowed to breathe tastes better, it opens up and then releases aromas and flavors the way they were meant to be experienced. Aerators infuse the perfect amount of oxygen into your wine and allow you to decant just the portion of wine you want. They make excellent gifts for any wine lover, wine expert or amateur wine drinker.

There are two popular aerators; the first is the Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator. It enhances the wine's flavor and aroma as well as the level of acid in the wine. The Vinturi is contemporary and has an oblong design. It is well priced, durable and is the highest quality for its price point. It even comes with its own carrying pouch and no-drip stand.

The Soiree Wine Aerator is the second of the popular aerators. It still enhances the taste and experience of any wine, but the Soiree fits into any wine bottle, allowing you to pour directly through it. If you still prefer traditional decanting, a Soiree can actually be used as you pour your wine into a decanter. This process is called "double decanting" and is most useful when decanting a deep, hearty red wine.

Traditional wine decanting is still popular, and is a simple process to remove the sediment from the wine and expose it to oxygen. It aerates the wine, which releases and enhances the aromas and flavors of the wine. There are many sizes and shapes of decanters to accompany any table.

A bottle opener is another simple, yet useful gift for the wine drinker. They can come in various shapes and sizes. One example would be the traditional waiter's style corkscrew. It is the most widely used, convenient, and lightweight. The lever style is also easy to use and comes in many different styles and colors. The most popular brands are The Rabbit or The Houdini. Lastly, the electric corkscrew opens a bottle of wine with ease. Once placed over the cork all it takes is a push of a button to open your bottle.

There are many different tools for preserving wine after it is opened. This is an important tool to have if you want to enjoy the rest of the wine a few days after opening. One of the most popular ways to preserve wine is the Wine Life Preserver Spray. It introduces an inert, completely tasteless gas into a bottle that settles over the surface of the wine to prevent the oxidation of the wine. Another tool that can be used for preservation is the Vacu-Vin Wine Saver Pump. This gadget sucks the air out of the bottle to end the oxidation and keep the wine fresh.

Another gift suggestion would be Cork Cages. These are enjoyable ways to store corks that are no longer in use. They come in many styles and varieties to fit any wine lover, and they feature hand crafted metal work and vibrantly colored glass spheres. From picture frames to holiday themed cages, this is a fun and innovative way to cherish wine memories.
Birthdays, anniversaries, or any special occasion make great opportunities for hosting a wine tasting party. Kits, charms, and other tchotchkes make it fun and easy.

Wine-related gifts are perfect for both the wine connoisseur and amateur wine drinker. We invite you to browse the wide variety of products available on the market today, and try a few yourself. Cheers!

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