From trusty bottle openers to miracle stain removers.

By Katie Macdonald
July 20, 2020
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From thoughtful multi-course parings and virtual tastings to picking the perfect bottle for movie nights or Zoom happy hours, right now, we’re finding countless ways to enjoy a glass of wine. But no matter the occasion, there are certain tools that make our sips a little more special.

Specially designed glassware can highlight a wine’s aroma; aerators smooth out harsh flavors; preservers keep bottles fresh for weeks after opening. No matter if you prefer red, white, rosé, or trendy orange varieties, there are hundreds of devices for serious wine lovers to explore.

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To learn the must-have gadgets for opening, serving, and preserving wine, we asked  professional winemaker Dave Collins to share his favorite tools. Collins, who has worked in wine for more than 30 years, including nine at Maryland’s Big Cork Vineyards, is known for his meticulous attention to detail and love for experimentation. While he focuses on wine growing, he has more than a few suggestions for wine sipping, too. Here’s what he recommends:

Pulltap’s Premium Corkscrew

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“Looks classy and is a well-priced wine key with everything you need, including a two-step hinge mechanism that minimizes risk of breaking the cork or wrenching your shoulder.”

To buy: $27;

Gabriel-Glas One For All

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“A stunning engineering feat! One glass, all varietals, perfect for every wine—impeccably crafted to maximize the tasting experience. Austrian-made crystal that is dishwasher-safe and lead-free. What more could you want?”

To buy: $63 for a set of 2;

Corkcicle Stemless Wine Glasses 

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“Cool designs and high performance—keeps white wine chilled for up to 9 hours while you’re sitting at the pool or on the patio. It doesn’t sweat and has faceted sides that make it easy to hold.”

To buy: from $25;

Vinturi Red WineAerator

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“Fast and effective. It aerates wine in 30 seconds, and if you haven’t been aerating your red wine, you are missing out because it vastly improves the wine experience in every way—bouquet, flavor, and finish.”

To buy: $23 (originally $25);

VacuVin Wine Saver

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“Easy to use and essential if you want to properly preserve a pricey bottle of wine for the next day or the next week. If you just recork, you will definitely denigrate the integrity of the wine—no matter its quality or cost. Worth the minimal investment.”

To buy: $12;

Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover

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“In short, a miracle product! Can be used on all kinds of surfaces, including clothing and upholstery. And it does the job, every time.”

To buy: $10;