You're unlikely to need any wine device not pictured.
There's no dearth of wine-related gadgetry, and some of it costs more than really great wine. To enjoy wine, however, all you usually need is a bottle you like, some good glassware and often a corkscrew. That in mind, here are six tempting wine accessories that you, or the wine lover you're shopping for, can probably do without: 1. Aerators
. These products do the same job as a decanter, or a pitcher, or any container you could transfer your wine into before pouring—but they claim to do it faster, which might not be a good thing. Great wines often evolve in the glass, and aerating them all at once would mean fast-forwarding through that process. (In the case of older bottles
, you could skip straight past the point when the wine is actually good.)2. Bottle Chillers
. It's impressive that these machines, which retail for $70 and more, will cool a bottle of wine from room-temp to fridge-temp in six minutes. But a bucket of ice water doesn't take much longer, and most wines shouldn't be served quite that cold anyway. 3. De-Aerators
. All pumps and gas spritzers try to accomplish one thing: getting air away from your leftover wine
—which will, indeed, slow its deterioration. Instead of messing with these devices, just pour the wine into a smaller bottle. 4. Elaborate Corkscrews
. Most wine pros
will tell you that they prefer a simple, standard waiter's corkscrew. A double-hinged model makes it easy to get good leverage. 5. Foil Cutters
. These cutters trim the foil much too high, where it can interfere with pouring. Instead, use a blade below the bottle's rim. Or, believe it or not, you can remove most capsules by simply pulling them off. 6. Wine-Box Cozies
. As amusing as it may be to hide certain bottom-shelf supermarket wines under a leopard-print cover
, some of today's increasingly tasty boxed wines are arriving in handsome packages, like Wineberry's wooden crate. Try the importer's 2010 Domaine le Garrigon Côtes-du-Rhône.
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