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February 12, 2007

Rapid Ice Instant Wine Chiller

Instant Wine ChillerWe've been known to put down a bottle of white wine in near-record time, and something that can be frustrating is when it takes more time to chill the bottle than it does to drink it. Enter the Rapid Ice wine cooler from Vacu Vin...or in a pinch you could drink your wine from a Kronik Chill.

The Rapid Ice Instant Wine Cooler ($12) helps this problem by freezing it, then slipping it over the bottle for 5 minutes. It can keep your vino cold for up to 3 hours without the need for a dedicated, and sometimes messy, ice bucket. It apparently also works for beer, but if it takes you three hours to finish one of those you're drinking way too slowly.
Wine Enthusiast [via Uncrate]

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February 6, 2007

Folding Wine Table

Folding Wine TableWe're always on the lookout for an elegant solution for storing and displaying our wine, especially in the limited space we have available. This folding wine table we found at Amazon seems like a good way to go, especially considering it has room for 4 bottles and 12 glasses without even using the top of the table. We're picturing this as a great item to whip out for dinner parties so you can keep your wine and glasses near where you're eating.

Or, we might get one and use it as a TV tray - you never know when you might need four bottles of wine to go with your Hungry Man dinner and your Sanford & Son reruns.

Amazon - Folding Wine Table

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January 26, 2007

Mulholland Brothers 4-Bottle Wine Carrier

4 Bottle Wine CarrierWe don't know what it is about wine totes that we're so much more willing to pay for them than we are for more expensive wines. Case in point is the Mulholland Brothers 4 Bottle carrier, which costs as much as 20 of our usual bottles of wine, but just look at it...it's damned cool. It's insulated to keep wine temperature consistent, it's got a padded shoulder strap to make things easier on your shoulder, and it ships with a corkscrew.

It's just what you need to move a whole bunch of wine bottles and look like a million bucks at the same time.

A handsome bag designed for someone who is pretty serious about wine, this Mulholland Brothers 4-Bottle Wine Carrier features an insulated nylon liner for temperature control. Equipped with a padded shoulder strap and a carrying handle, this durable, waterproof bag is ideal for picnics or wine tasting.
Available at Shoebuy.com [via productdose]

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January 25, 2007

Gravity Leather Wine Bottle Holder

Gravity Wine Bottle HolderNeed a slick-looking wine holder for your table? We're always a sucker for these balancing bottle holders, and this one looks like it will hold up its end of the bargain.

Product Description
Modern art, our Gravity Leather Wine Bottle Holder displays your wine for all to see in a unique way. Just insert the neck of your wine into this black genuine Italian leather wine bottle holder and watch as it defies gravity to your guests amazement.

An elegant and unique way to display your favorite wine bottles, perfectly balanced in mid-air!

Amazon - Gravity Leather Wine Bottle Holder

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January 22, 2007

Nuvo Vino Infrared Wine Thermometer

Nuvo Vino Wine Thermometer

There's something to be said for paying attention to the temperature of your wine before you serve it. You'll serve a red at a different temperature than a white, which just about everyone knows, but how can you tell what temperature your wine is at? That's when you whip out your trusty Nuvo Vino, to let you know just what temperature we're talking about here. According to Uncrate, "The Nuvo Vino uses IR circuitry to measure the temperature of any individual glass of wine, all without touching the surface — ensuring your wine tastes exactly like it should." What can we say? For under $50 you'll always know the right temperature to serve your wine - and knowing is half the battle.

Nuvo Vino Infrared Wine Thermometer [via Uncrate]

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January 17, 2007

Wine Tote for Two

Wine Tote For TwoWe've said it before, but we're suckers for anything that makes our wine portable. We've found a cheap little wine tote on Amazon that offers everything a couple needs for some mobile wine drinking, whether it's Shakespeare in the Park or a picnic in the back yard. The tote itself is insulated, and it contains a stopper for if you don't finish the bottle (as if), napkins, a corkscrew, and two glasses. What more could you need? Oh yeah, a bottle of wine. That might help.

Wine Tote for Two- at Amazon

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January 11, 2007

ReServe Your Wine

ReServe Wine Preservation SystemThere's nothing wrong with opening a bottle of wine and not finishing the entire thing. In fact, it's a skill I wish I had. In the off chance you are able to do so, check out the ReServe Wine Preservation System. We don't know much about the tech - something about argon gas - but it's supposed to work like a charm.

Check below for a snippet of the review from Popgadget, and you can pick up your own system at Williams-Sonoma.

The long and short is “Does it work?” The answer is yes. I was able to open a bottle, let it sit for a few days and come back to enjoy it later. That’s enough time to let me open a bottle with dinner, drink half, and enjoy the other two glasses at my leisure.
Read the full review at Popgadget

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December 1, 2006

Food and Wine Pairing Wheel

Food and Wine Pairing WheelIt seems that figuring out which wine to pair with what food is the holy grail of wine novices, and the thing that causes them the most stress as they're first learning about wine. No one wants to be called out as having incorrectly paired a strong food with a weak wine, and vice versa. That's why we dug up this swanky wine/food pairing wheel so you can spin it to the food you're serving to find out what types of wine goes with it.

Seems like a great stocking stuffer for the wine newbie on your list, or you can buy a few of them and hand them out as favors for your next party - you'll be the talk of the town.

Amazon - Wine and Food Wheel

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November 29, 2006

Wall-Mounted 12 Bottle Wine Rack

12 Bottle Wall Mount Wine RackWhen it comes to storing your wine, who wants to hide it all away in some dusty basement where you have to schlep up and down the stairs all the time? If you ask us, conspicuous (and convenient) is the way to go, especially with your "drink now" bottles if you know what we mean.

That's why we like this wall-mounted wine rack - it holds 12 bottles and you can install it right in your kitchen or living room. It's got a nice contemporary look, and as long as you mount it on a stud it should be able to hold 12 bottles no sweat. One thing we did notice is that it comes with "mounting materials" but no wall screws, but as cheap as this thing is you can probably afford to swing for a few screws.

Amazon - Contemporary Wall-Mounted Wine Rack - Holds 12 Bottles

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November 13, 2006

Liquor Snobs Review Lever Action Corkscrew

Lever Action CorkscrewIt looks like the fellas over at Liquor Snob have gotten their hands on a high-end lever action corkscrew from Le Creuset and tried it out over the weekend. Sounds like a pretty neat gadget, but wouldn't you think they'd share their new technology with their sister site? Y'know, the one that's all about WINE?

So what's the verdict? All in all we found it to be a great tool, it seemed extremely solid and well-made, and we're going to use it every chance we get. Maybe you don't need one, but if you drink a lot of wine and want a smooth and elegant way to pop the top, you might just find it's worth it.
Amazon - LE CREUSET Lever Action Corkscrew(via Liquor Snob)

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