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Wine Accessories that Every Wine Lover Must Have

Wine Accessories that Every Wine Lover Must Have

The pleasure of drinking wine can be hampered if you do not get everything right, including the right accessories. This one is for all those who intend to enhance their overall wine drinking experience...
Cheryl Mascarenhas
Wine lovers nod in agreement when we say cocktail parties, light lunches, exquisite dinner parties and romantic dinners are incomplete without the good old bottle of delicious wine. Then again, the wine drinking experience has to be devoid of any hiccups a wine lover would term as an 'impaired wine drinking experience'. Wine, as you know, has to be savored, and in order to make it an enjoyable experience you need to ensure you are stocked up with all the right accessories. All said and done, the experience of wine drinking has to be a complete sensual treat and that is what makes it such an intimate and preferred drink among all.
Essential Accessories For A Wine Lover
You can enhance your wine drinking and sharing experience by keeping a few basic accessories handy. Use these accessories to flaunt your wine cabinet or simply to enrich your wine drinking experience.
A Glass For Every Occasion
Wine lovers will agree when I say, 'there are glasses and there are wine glasses'. A wine glass holds umpteen importance for a wine lover, as the shape of the wine glass determines its perception. A wine glass, in general, is a sparkling stemware consisting of a base or foot, a stem, and a bowl. Stem glasses are preferred for drinking wine as it allows one to hold the glass without the body heat interfering with the temperature of the wine.
Know Your Glasses:
The main criteria for a good wine glass is the shape of the bowl; experts say that the bowl of the wine glass must be large enough to swirl the wine around. The type of wine glass differs according to the particular wine it is used for. Apart from the variety of glasses that you would need to stock up on for the exquisite dinners and lunches that you plan to throw, it would be wise if you also stock up on a set of good all-round glasses. These all-round glasses can be used on a daily basis or for relatively small dinner parties.
Corkscrews or Openers
A corkscrew is meant to eliminate the mammoth task of opening the wine bottle. The best part is that you will find a variety of corkscrews to open your bottle in style. You can choose from hand screws that are generally used by waiters in restaurants or opt for a counter-top corkscrew that is much more steady and reliable than their counterparts. Do remember to keep a corkscrew handy for every bottle opening event that will eventually pop up.
A Wine Bucket
Presenting the wine like it is done in restaurants will surely up the party quotient at your home. For that you would need a good wine bucket-cum-chiller which will ensure the serving temperature is maintained at all times. Generally, metal or marble is the preferred material for the chiller, but you can make do with any ice bucket that will serve the purpose. Remember to keep your wine bottle drenched in an ice bath at all times.
Cork Stoppers
If you want to ensure the wine stays good for a long period of time, you will need to seal the bottle so that it is not exposed to air. For this you need to invest in a good vacuum sealed cork. Corking the bottle when you wouldn't be drinking the wine will help preserve the wine for a longer period of time. Select a stopper which comes with a pump to remove the excess air from the bottle. A stopper will give the wine bottle a pop every time you open it.
A Decanter
Decanters serve multiple purposes, the foremost being serving wine that is laden with sediments. A decanter also helps to aerate the wine, thus allowing the aroma and flavor to become more pronounced. A decanter is a must-have wine accessory and is ideal for those who consume a bottle of wine in a relatively short period of time.
A Wine Aerator
A wine aerator allows the wine to be aerated glass by glass which ensures that the wine stays fresh for a longer period of time. It controls the airflow, thus ensuring that the wine breathes and does not turn rancid. It helps in improving the aroma and flavor of the wine.
Wine lover or not, do stock up on these accessories that will come in handy for every occasion that needs a celebration. Besides, wine accessories make perfect gifts for wine lovers, and you can find a variety of these accessories at your local wine shop.