The Top Wine Accessories You Must Have
Posted by Pam Thompson | Wine Accessories | Posted on March 19th, 2010
So you’ve decided to join the ranks of thousands of posh wine connoisseurs. Now you may be pondering what wine accessories you need to enjoy your wine. We’ve got the low down on the top wine accessories you must have.
The first and most important wine accessory is a bottle opener aka corkscrew. The most common corkscrews available on the market currently are the winged or wine key style. As the name states a winged style corkscrew has a lever on each side that will erect as soon as the centre screw is inserted into the cork. The wings are then lowered to remove the cork. A wine key is a little more petite and uses a single position to provide leverage to pop the cork. Both corkscrew types are available at most local retailers and cost about US Dollars 5.00.
Okay so now you’ve opened the bottle of wine, the second accessory you’ll need is a wine glass or two. It always comes highly recommended that the glasses match the wine or spirit you are drinking or serving. A large, broad bowl style glass is best for serving red and smaller glasses for white wines. If you are however on a tight budget or have space limitation you can opt for a single glass type. Many glass cos produce universal style glasses, suitable for any wine.
Must-have accessory number three comes in the form of a wine stopper. Bottle stoppers are available in an endless selection of styles, colors and sizes to suit the budget, taste and needs of wine lovers to a t . Solid metal, a combination of metal and plastic as well as combination of metal and cork are excellent wine stopper materials that will preserve the wine while protecting it from air contamination.
Steer clear from going to cheaply on your bottle stopper investment. A low quality stopper will not protect the wine from the air that has already entered the bottle. The air inside will cause the wine to expiring a lot quicker than an unopened bottle.
A vacuum bottle stopper will extend the life of the opened wine significantly when compared to a conventional bottle stopper. Vacuum stoppers are really user friendly and cost effective. All thats required from the connoisseur is to place the stoppers in the open bottle and use the pump to draw the air out. This type of stopper is ideal for those looking to store wine for extended periods of time.
A wine rack is the next accessory you’ll need. Racks are available in an endless selection of styles, colours and sizes to suit any budget, decor and needs. Popular styles include but are definitely not limited to mounted, hanging and counter top. Finishes range from stainless steel and iron to wood.
The list of wine accessories available on the market today are just plain exhausting, its thus important to remember that not all accessories are essential to becoming a wine connoisseur, or to simply enjoy the endless pleasure wine has to offer.