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basic corkscrewHave you ever noticed how much wine lovers love their wine gadgets?  Find someone that loves wine, and I assure you, they will have more than one type of corkscrew in their drawer.  They will also most likely have an assortment of wine stoppers, aeraters, wine bags, wine charms, etc., etc., etc.

The reason?  Well, there probably is not just one reason.  Wine drinking is a hobby, and just like any other hobbyist the world over, they tend to collect things pertaining to their hobby.  And who could pass up all of the cute little doodads available for wine lovers?

At the very least, they will have an  assortment of wine glasses, because if you love wine, you will know that drinking red wine out of a white wine glass is not the way to do it!  Wine glasses are different shapes for different types of wine for a reason, not just because someone decided to mess around with the heads of wine lovers.

You drink red wine out of a glass with a big bowl, such as a balloon glass because red wines need to be aerated, or allowed to breathe, to bring out the aromas and flavors of the wine.  You can use a decanter to do this, but if you use a big bowled wine glass in addition to decanting wine, you have room to swirl the wine in the glass, thereby increasing aeration.

The same is true of the shape of a champagne flute.  The tall, narrow shape of a flute will help to concentrate the bubbles in champagne and keep them from dissipating to quickly.  Since many people prefer to drink their champagne cold, you do not need a big bowl to help aerate and bring out the nose of the wine.  The coldness of the champagne will inhibit the nose, unlike red wines which are drank at room temperature.

suction cup wine charms in wine gadgets Wine charms is another thing wine lovers will most likely have an abundance of, although you can never have too many!  Wine lovers love to get together with their friends and drink wine.  Sometimes they will get together to drink a glass, and at other times they will be doing some wine tasting, perhaps from that interesting new winery they heard about.  But whatever the reason, if you have a room full of wine drinkers, all drinking out of the same type of glass, how do you tell your glass from everyone elses?  Put a wine charm on the stem and you can tell your wine glass at a glance!

There are some great gifts for wine lovers, so if you have one on your gift giving list you have a wide variety of wine gadgets to choose from.  My friends tend to give me wine related gifts combined with my other loves, such as the dragon wine stopper my best friend gave me two years ago, and the two Reidel red wine glasses my sister gave me when I discovered a red wine I loved and I couldn't stop raving about.

If you and your wine loving friends like to get together and taste wine, whether at home or at wineries, you might want to think about getting some tasting glasses.  You will be sure to make an impression on your BFF's with those.

Trust me when I tell you, wine lovers can never have too many wine gadgets!

Tasting Glasses

Tasting Glasses

Why tasting glasses?  For the wine lover, the tasting glasses shown below by Ravenscroft will help to intensify the nose, and therefore the flavor, of the wine. 

Ravenscroft Lead-Free Crystal Amplifier Vintner Crystal Tasting Glass, Set of Six - Wine Lovers

 

Ravenscroft Lead-Free Crystal Amplifier Vintner Crystal Tasting Glass, Set of Six – Wine Lovers

Ravenscroft is the world’s leading manufacturer of pure, clean, lead-free crystal for fine wine and spirits. The Ravenscroft Amplifier tasting glasses are unmatched in their ability to magnify, focus and intensify the bouquet of any wine. If the bouquet is world class, the experience will be breathtakingly intense. -The Ravenscroft Crystal Amplifier Vintner‘s Tasting Glass is the true professional taster. The great wine importers will be found with these glasses in camera cases hanging around their necks tasting in the most prestigious cellars of the world as their final defense when making their annual treks to buy. Professional wineries trust the Ravenscroft Crystal Amplifier Vintner‘s Tasting Glass when blending their most significant wines. . There is no better glass to critically evaluate a wine… They are unforgiving of flaws and at the same time flattering of finesse. This is the perfect all purpose tasting glass – beautifully showcases wines using just a one ounce pour. Hand made by old world European craftsmen of the finest lead-free crystal. -Height 4 1/4 in. -Capacity 14 oz. -Recommended for: Reds Whites -Dishwasher-safe -Glasses per box – 6

Ravenscroft Lead-Free Crystal Amplifier Vintner Crystal Tasting Glass, Set of Six – Wine Lovers


But there are other types of tasting glasses too.  Like the 2 oz throwaway plastic glasses.  The type you see at wine tasting events when the merchants do not want to haul out thousands of good glasses.  At a lot of wine tasting events, it is just not feasible to provide wine glasses to the masses. 

  • Takes up too much room, and you need that room to transport your wine
  • No cleaning facilities, so you only get one tasting out of each glass
  • Safety reasons, broken glass is never a good idea
  • No clean up, just toss them when you are done
  • Cost effective, much cheaper than real glass wine glasses

 


2 oz plastic disposable wine tasting glasses

 

2 oz Plastic Disposable Plastic Wine Tasting Glasses

If you are doing some portable wine tasting, and you don't want to take out your good glasses, these little 2 oz disposable plastic wine tasting glasses will come in very handy.

No need to bring out your good glasses when you will have a large gathering of people to do some wine tasting, and safety is not an issue either.

PETITE 2 OZ. PLASTIC TASTING GLASSES CLEAR 400CS

 
 
black tasting glasses from Riedel

 

How about blind-blind tasting glasses?

With these black beauties from Riedel, not only can you not tell what color of wine you are tasting, but you also cannot judge the presence or absence of sediment nor the depth of the wine, thereby creating a double blind taste test.

But you do not have to give up beauty for tasting glasses, as these tasting glasses from the Sommeliers series from Riedel are as pretty to look at as they are functional.

Made by talented glassmakers from Austria, they are mouth blown 24% lead crystal. They have a thumb indentation in the side and a finger indentation on the bottom to help with grasping the glass securely.

A perfect tasting glass to enhance the bold reds, but suitable for tasting white wines as well.

Rabbit Wine Opener and Other Cork Screws

Rabbit Wine Opener Opens Wine in 3 Seconds

Reproduce flawless openings with multiple tools. The ultimate all-in-one wine corkscrew set for all your wine service needs. You get everything you need for wine bottle opening and service in this convenient and affordable Rabbit Corkscrew set from Metrokane. The 6-piece corkscrew kit includes the world-famous Rabbit Corkscrew, foil cutter, drip-stop drip ring, worm, wine/champagne sealer, and wax remover. The Rabbit Corkscrew was redesigned with an all new precision metal gear mechanism for even smoother and more reliable wine bottle opening. Of all the corkscrews on the market, you won't find one better or more efficient This corkscrew is synthetic cork friendly

Rabbit Wine OpenerThis sleekly designed wine opener is as easy to use as it is beautiful. So simple to use, just place the neck of the bottle between the two ear-shaped arms, then lift the lever on top and the cork comes right out! No more awkward wrestling with the corkscrew or corks broken off in the bottle.

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Buy Metrokane Rabbit Corkscrew

 

 

vertical rabbit wine openerPerhaps you would be more comfortable with the vertical rabbit wine opener.  Also simple to use, you just  start with the handle raised, place opener over the bottle, push down the lever and lift back up again. This action lifts the cork from the bottle in just 3 seconds. Simply lower the handle again, lift it up and lower one last time to eject the cork.  It doesn't get any easier to open a bottle of wine!

 

Rabbit wine opener kit

If you already know that you love the rabbit wine opener, you may be happier buying this kit. It comes not only with the rabbit wine opener, but also with a squeeze-and-twist foil cutter to strip away the foil covering a cork, a drip-stop ring that fits onto any size wine bottle to prevent stains on table linen, a sealer that twists so tightly into any size bottle's neck it preserves even Champagne bubbles, and a "wax whacker" that flips the wax tablet off a wine cork. Also included is a replacement worm–the installed worm wears out after 20,000 or so corks. The set fits into a handsome presentation case with lucite cover for gift-giving and permanent storage of wine tools. The cork puller carries a 10-year warranty against failure.

playboy bunny bar set . . .

Now for some other unique type of cork screws.  Here is another type of rabbit wine opener, this time a Playboy Bunny Bar Set icon