Handy gadgets make it easy to tap and cap wine bottles
Decanting wine allows it to set and settle.
Opening, pouring and capping wine is becoming increasingly high end. The commonplace wing corkscrew opener has been upgraded to waiter-style versions that can cost upward of 200, or has been replaced with wall- and counter-mounted models.
Once a bottle is open, decanting the wine, allowing it to set and settle, is now more popular, making decanters a hot seller, says Adam Strum of Wine Enthusiast magazine and catalog.
"Only very serious people were decanting wine; now everybody's decanting wine," he says.
And while pouring wine into stemware sets from major retailers will suit most, Riedel-brand glassware aims to offer differently shaped glasses for each type of wine, such as narrow-rims for chardonnay and small bowls for cabernet or Bordeaux.
The theory is that the different shapes allow the wine to settle on certain areas of the tongue, allowing the consumer to best enjoy the characteristics of each wine. Such glasses can retail for up to 95 each.
Have wine left over? Instead of just sticking the cork back in the bottle, some wine drinkers use expensive gadgets to pump out extra oxygen, which can spoil wine.
Two industry leaders Strum points to are PEK, which offers affordable bottle stoppers, to more expensive wine preservation and temperature control systems. VacuVin makes pumps that extract air from open wine bottles.
The really high end? A 130 wine chilling system from Winesceptre that features a metal rod and caplike pourer that fit into and then on your wine bottle. It keeps chilled wine at the perfect serving temperature.
The VinTemp Infrared Wine Thermometer is for the super-high-tech. For about 30, this pocket-size platinum-finished thermometer tells you the precise temperature of wine without having to pop the cork.