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