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August 7, 2006

Professional Wine Bouquet Kit

Wine Bouquet KitWe suppose it's more important for us to be able to describe the smells associated with wine than it is for most, but we thought this Wine Bouquet Kit was a pretty cool find. Seems like a great tool to help you or the wino in your life train sense memory and isolate all the nasal differences associated with wine, and it'd be a fun party activity for you and your wine nerd friends.

Product Description

Introducing the new Wine Enthusiast Wine Bouquet Kit, the fun learning tool you've been waiting for to help you to recognize and describe wines like a professional. With Wine Bouquet you'll train your scent memory and learn to accurately identify a wide array of aromas in any wine. Youâll learn to quickly and easily identify wine varietals and types just by smelling them. Kit includes 36 vials of the most common aromas found in wine 36 aroma cards and complete instructions. All enclosed in a stunning gift box. Wine knowledge made easy. Great for parties. Includes 36 aroma cards explaining each aroma. Includes 36 vials of the most common wine aromas.

from Amazon

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August 4, 2006

Riedel Amadeo Lyra Decanter

Riedel Amadeo Wine DecanterOur first stab at Swanky Wine Friday isn't centered on an actual wine, but instead a wine decanter. We found this crazy little sucker over at Amazon and we were instantly impressed by the flowing lines, the unique design and the hefty price tag.

Product Description

Limited Edition Riedel Amadeo Lyra Decanter Created to commemorate Riedel's 250th Birthday the Riedel Amadeo Lyra Decanter is a masterpiece of glass blowing art in 24% lead crystal.

This limited edition Riedel decanter boasts a unique shape and design that is so challenging only the most experienced master glass blowers can produce it...hence only a limited quantity will be made available. Be one of the first and one of the few to own this gorgeous Riedel lead crystal wine decanter. Size: 15'H 59-1/8 oz.

from Amazon

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August 2, 2006

Wine for Later Decanter Set

Wine for Later DecanterWhen we open a bottle of wine there's not usually much left over, but we're sure there are those of you out there trying to figure out what to do with your leftover half and quarter bottles. Lo and behold, thank you Amazon for hooking us up with the Wine for Later Decanter.

You needn't interrupt your enjoyment of the wine now to fuss with pumps and dispensers. Deliberately low tech our Wine For Later Set eschews pumps spray cans nitrogen gas canisters and complicated dispenser systems for the graceful time-honored process of decanting. When you uncork a bottle simply pour off the wine you wish to save for later using an elegant glass funnel. Top off either the 1/2 bottle or the 1/4-bottle decanter and seal it with our airtight glass stopper. Since no air comes in contact with your wine it remains unoxidized and unspoiled. Adorn the decanter with our ornate silverplated grape-cluster cork pin for easy identification. Only from The Wine Enthusiast.

Gift-boxed 6-piece set includes:

  • 2 Wine For Later glass decanters 1/2 bottle size and 1/4 bottle size
  • 2 airtight glass stoppers
  • A beautiful glass funnel
  • A silverplated cork pin
Get it at Amazon for $49.95

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July 27, 2006

The Weekend Wine Bag

Wine ToteGoing away for the weekend and loathe to leave behind your favorite wines? Or maybe you're going to visit friends and you want to show off your good taste by showing up their wine cellar with a few choice bottles of your own. Or if you're like us you want to take a few bottles of wine to the park and drink until you fall asleep under a tree. Any way you slice it you'll need a tote to bring those bottles along and we've found a nice one at Amazon.

Product Description

This is the wine tote that really packs it in. Carry up to 6 bottles of wine or champagne wherever you go. Keep bottles cool with included chiller pack. There's also a two-way lock ready zipper carry handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. Insulated durable black nylon. Six adjustable bottle pouches. Holds up to 6 standard size wine bottles. Can hold up to 3 magnum size bottles with 3 standard size bottles. Wine Bag can not hold more than 3 magnum size bottles at one time. Size: 12'H x 7'W x 12'D

Buy it at Amazon for $49.95, and we'll see you at the park.

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July 26, 2006

Winesceptre Wine Cooling System

Wine SceptreWe're always looking for better ways to chill our white wine - we usually don't go so far as to drop ice cubes in there, but it's been close a few times. Rick over at Martini Lounge has found a cool product designed to end your wine-chilling woes...it's kind of expensive (around $120) but it seems like a cool idea if it really works and it'd make a great gift for the wino in your life.

So, you shove this thing in your freezer for 3 hours, then you pour your first glass of chilled wine and then shove this thing in the bottle. It's supposed to keep the wine at the proper serving temperature for a few hours. It seals the wine as well and has an easy-to-use pour spout thanks to the o-rings.
from Martini Lounge (pick one up at HSN.com)

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July 25, 2006

Zork Wine Bottle Enclosure

Zork Wine StopperWe just found a product review that combines two of our favorite things - wine and text-based video gaming. Glad to know we're not the only ones out there in the wine world with a penchant for nerdery. Oh, and the Zork wine stopper thingy sounds pretty interesting too...

You are standing in a small room. There is a table and two chairs here. On the table there is a wine bottle with a very odd stopper.

LOOK STOPPER

It is a pink plastic blob. It is attached to a plastic ribbon that circles the bottle neck three times.

PULL RIBBON

The ribbon unwinds and falls off. You are holding a wine bottle with a pink cap.

PULL CAP

The cap comes out with a soft "pop."

POUR WINE

Don't mind it I do!

Please pardon the parody, but it was an almost irresistible impulse upon my first encounter with a wacky new Australian wine-bottle closure called, well, Zork.

From Wine Lover's Page. (Zork.com.au)

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July 11, 2006

Chill Wine Fast with Cooper Cooler

If you're looking to chill some wine fast and on the cheaper side of wine cooling, the $99 Revolutionary Cooling Systems' Cooper Cooler quickly chills room temperature beverages for a cold, refreshing drink. Just pour ice and water into the Cooper Cooler, select the container setting, and the cooler does the rest.

The appliance will cool a 12 ounce beverage can from 77 degrees to 43 degrees in about 1 minute. An "extra" chill setting chills beverages to 34 degrees.

At Cooper Cooler

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