The 14 Best Wine Accessories That Every Oenophile Needs
Oenophiles come from all walks of life and cellar budgets. Whether you're always zipping off to wine country or you've never spent more than $20 on a bottle, your love of wine is pure.
You already have the wines you love, from syrahs to chablis, but do you have the gear to make your vino experiences the best they can be? Don't worry; we found several fantastic accessories to compliment your wine at home and on-the-go!
A decanter to help your wines breathe
Schott Zwiesel is known for gorgeous crystal glassware and this decanter is no exception. A wide base provides more surface area to help open up the wine while the concave base makes this large, German decanter easy to pour.
If you're looking for something a bit more affordable, Sagaform makes a glass carafe decanter for a fraction of the cost with the added value of an oak stopper. In either case, we're not huge fans of precariously perched decanters, so use a wine dryer when you're done cleaning them.
An aerator for when you don’t have time to decant
Need your glass of burgundy now? Aerate your wines with the Vinluxe Pro from André Lorent. Hold the aerator over a glass and as your pour, the wine is fanned out by a small umbrella, strained through small holes, and flows through a traditional spout.
You can hear the air entering the wine throughout the process and more importantly, taste the results!
A traditional corkscrew with a modern design
Peugeot Altar Corkscrew with Foil Cutter
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You probably thought you knew what a corkscrew looked like, didn't you? While not as portable as a waiter's corkscrew, this little number from Peugeot knows how to make an entrance (and how to get corks to exit).
By continuously screwing the handle clockwise, the cork travels upwards on the screw until you can remove it. If that wasn't enough, it comes with a matching foil cutter to slice through even the thickest packaging.
An electric corkscrew for easy opening
New electric corkscrews hit the market all the time, but none have the combined track record and affordability of Oster's Electric Bottle Opener. A single charge can open up to 30 bottles with the push of a button. It also comes with a foil cutter to break through any packaging on the cork's top.
A set of glasses for reds and whites
Riedel Wine Glasses (8-pack)
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Something to drink out of sounds nice right about now, doesn't it? Riedel makes stunning wine glasses you can rely on. You can get stemmed or stemless sets of eight that include four red wine glasses and four for white wines.
Whether you're a novice or an expert, wine clubs offer adventure and convenience every month or so. Some rely on quizzes while others choose for you, but every wine club is committed to helping you take the guesswork out of choosing a bottle of wine.
We reviewed the wine subscription landscape and uncorked the best ones. These services are easy to use, provide great value, and of course, ship delicious vino.
Keep your wine cool with some extra perks!
The Corkcicle Air is your one-stop wine accessory. Chill it and place it in chilled whites or room temperature reds to get/keep the wine where it needs to be. The spout aerates the wine as you pour and the cover keeps your wine fresh. What more could you ask for?
Keep condensation off your table with a wine coaster
Sure, you have coasters for your glasses, but have you thought about the wine bottle itself? Condensation is primarily an issue for whites, rosés, and sparkling wines, and this coaster stylishly prevents the inevitable puddle on your table.
A pump to vacuum seal your vino
Simple in design, but effective and sleek, the Vacu Vin Wine Saver wants to preserve your open bottles of wine. Pop a Vacu Vin stopper into your wine and pump the Wine Saver to create a seal (not recommended bubbly) that decelerates oxidation. It comes in white, brown, and black, but only the latter is bundled with rubber stoppers.
Bottle stoppers for when you don’t want to pump
If you don't want to deal with a pump, Williams Sonoma makes elegant bottle stoppers that you can fit into most wine bottle openings. Ideal for short-term storage, these silver tipped stoppers will keep your wine fresh for a dinner later on in the week.
A thermal bag to keep your wine cool
If you're taking your wine on a long trip, keep it cellar cool in one of these neoprene bags. With several colors to choose from, it's easy to add your own flair or keep it simple with black. Though Built also makes a two-bottle version, we like Kato's carrier for when you're toting around a couple of bottles.
A wine cover for outdoor imbibing
Who doesn't love eating outside in the warmer months? Keep curious pests, leaves, and more out of your wine with these covers. They come in a complete seal version and a ventilated version to allow your wine to keep breathing.
A bag to protect your wine in a suitcase
These reusable bags are padded and also lined with absorbent materials. The padding protects your wine against shocks while also protecting your clothes from wine that might burst due to airline cabin pressure (a rare, but real concern).
For something a little more TSA-friendly, WineSkin sells disposable, transparent bags that offer padding and a seal, but don't absorb spills.