There are about 784 million gallons of wine consumed each year in the United States, so it's likely you're either a wine connoisseur or you know one. As these wine apps can attest to, there are varied tastes; some people prefer a dry wine, while others will only imbibe sweet wine. Instead of purchasing a bottle that might or might not be enjoyed, consider one of these unique wine accessories for gift giving. Some of these gadgets are so handy that you'll want one for your own enjoyment, too.
Planetary Gears Corkscrew
Anyone who has ever battled with a traditional corkscrew will appreciate this new take on an old tool. Using physics principles that increase torque, the Planetary Gears Corkscrew allows the user to exert less pressure to open a bottle of wine. The corkscrew works on traditional or synthetic corks. Once the base of the corkscrew is centered over the cork, simply crank the handle to turn the gears and uncork the bottle. This would be an ideal gift for those with manual dexterity issues or for arthritis sufferers.
Dated Wine Stopper
Have you ever discovered a bottle of wine in the back of your fridge and wondered when it was originally opened? This Dated Wine Stopper will answer the question of just how fresh that wine is and protect your palate from taking a swig of spoiled vino that is month’s old. This stainless steel stopper has a rubber ring that sits at the top of the bottle’s neck to seal the wine completely. Three metal rings rest above the rubber stopper and can be adjusted to show the date the wine was opened. The stopper can be reused over and over.
Wine Bottle Thermostat
Get the temperature perfect on each and every bottle of wine you serve with this digital bottle thermostat. The thermostat is shaped like a watch and slips around the outside of a bottle of wine. The band is made of plastic and metal and runs on an LR1130 button cell battery. Push a button and the temperature appears on the two-digit display panel. The temperature is in Celsius and goes from -9-degrees to 65-degrees.
Skybar Wine Chill Drop
There are times when you need to cool a single glass or two of wine instead of chilling a full bottle. The Skybar Wine Chill Drop is the perfect accessory to achieve this. Chilling a full bottle can take 20 minutes or more in most refrigerators, so this tool is also good for times when you need to cool the wine fast. Each drop is made of stainless steel and comes with a holder. The drops come in packs of two. Simply freeze the drop for about three hours prior to using. To chill the wine, pour into a glass and then drop the tool into the glass for a few minutes.
Vinturi Wine Aerator
If you forget to let the wine breathe, this aerator does the job in the time it takes to pour the wine from the bottle. The Vinturi Wine Aerator is used in place of a decanter. Simply hold the aerator over the glass you wish to pour the wine into. As the wine goes through the tool, small pin holes in the sides draw in air, helping to bring out the flavor of the wine and create a smoother taste. Vinturi makes both a red wine aerator and a white wine aerator, which have different flow rates and dimensions.