8 Fabulous Wine Accessories

Style your coastal wine bar with our favorite gadgets and gizmos.

Flavor Booster

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Flavor Booster

The extra-wide base on the Riedel Ultra Wine Decanter ($235) creates a broad surface area for the wine to interact with oxygen. This aerates the wine, improving flavor and aroma; wineenthusiast.com.

Need a refresher? Learn more with Decanting 101

Boat Tote

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Boat Tote

Carry your favorite bottle in this cute and fashion-savvy Nautical Anchor Wine Tote ($35) crafted from recycled sailcloth. Ideal for re-gifting, the wine bag features a to/from label on the back to record the growing list of givers and recipients; seabags.com.

Now and Later

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Now and Later

Raise your glass if you ever drank more than your share of a bottle because you didn’t think you could properly store the remainder. Ironically, the oxygen that improves young red wines can also spoil a nice, half-sipped bottle. The solution? Wine Doctor’s Intelli-Stopper ($13). This gadget removes excess air from a bottle by creating a perfect vacuum. Now, go ahead and have just one glass with tonight’s dinner and know tomorrow’s libation will taste just as delicious; savethewine.com.

Buy-Buy Bottle

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Buy-Buy Bottle

It’s easy to travel home with a case of wine—the wineries supply shipping/traveling boxes. But what about that one special bottle you spotted? Seal it in a VinniBag ($28), and tuck it in your checked bag. Air chambers protect bottles (and other fragile items such as perfume or olive oil), and the bag is designed to withstand fluctuations in altitude and temperature. It stores flat or rolled up so you can always keep one in your luggage for spontaneous purchases; vinnibag.com.

Sip and Sea

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Sip and Sea

Chill out with Compass Rose Nautical Wine Glasses ($47 for a set of 4). The compass rose symbol used on charts and nautical maps finds its home on beautifully etched glassware—pointing you in the direction of a good time! Keep some at your beach house for instant coastal style; caronsbeachhouse.com.

Keep Your Cool

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Keep Your Cool

You can quickly chill a bottle of white or sparkling wine in 20 minutes or less by filling a wine bucket halfway with ice cubes, and then adding cold water. The water-and-ice bath will chill your Sauvignon Blanc faster than plain ice, the fridge (two hours), or that last ill-advised resort of placing a bottle in the freezer, which risks a big mess. The Coral Beach Stainless Steel Wine Bucket ($103) features appealing natural woven accents; newportnauticaldecor.com.

Corkscrewing Around

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Corkscrewing Around

Complete your beach house bar with the Pisces Multi-Lever Corkscrew ($30). The worm in this fish is actually an open spiral Teflon corkscrew, which reduces friction for extra-easy opening; homebarsource.com.

Wine Finder

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Wine Finder

Natalie Maclean’s Wine Picks and Pairings free mobile app helps take the mystery out of shopping for vino. Snap a photo of the bottle’s bar code and receive tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, and local availability. Visit nataliemaclean.com for more information and links to download.

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