The days of re-corking a bottle of wine are behind us. No longer do you have to worry about not finishing a bottle of wine and it declining in taste by the next day. With a simple wine preserver, you can keep your wine fresh overnight or for numerous days. Preservation systems remove the extra air from a bottle, effectively slowing down the oxidation process. As a result, the flavor of the wine stays sharp rather than flattening out.
The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to purchase a wine preservation system. While some top-of-the-line systems range in the hundreds, you can also find many for under $50. And wine pumps are just the beginning. There’s also decanters, aerators, and even breathers. Whatever your needs, we’ve compiled a great list of wine accessories for you or the wine-lover in your life. Perfect for a holiday gift or for keeping those half-empty Thanksgiving bottles fresher, longer.
Coravin Wine Systems ($199.95 – $999.95)
Imagine sampling that special-occasion wine you’ve been letting age for years…and then putting it away so you can try it yet again in 10 years time. Now you can, with the Coravin wine system. This revolutionary system allows you to pour any bottle of wine without actually removing the cork. The ingenious design relies on capsules of argon gas and a needle that pierces through the cork to deliver wine from the bottle. Simply insert the needle, pour your wine, and enjoy. Once you remove the needle, the cork will naturally close around the hole. Because argon gas is delivered through the needle, no oxygen enters the bottle, meaning the remaining wine will stay fresh-as-new for weeks, months, or even years. The system comes in various models, at various price points, catering to casual wine drinkers and serious connoisseurs alike. You can find it online, at coravin.com, or at retailers like Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Target.
Savino Wine Preserver ($47.00)
Sold through Amazon, the Savino Wine Preserver doubles as a preserver and decanter, keeping wine fresh for up to a week. All you need to do is pour the wine into the decanter, insert the air stopper, and the preserver will do the rest. This handy preserver can hold an entire bottle of wine — white or red — making it the perfect gift for any wine-lover in your life.
OXO Vacuum Wine Preserver ($16.99)
A simple hand-pump preserver, it doesn’t get more simple than this. Sold at retailers like Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, this pump does the simple task of sucking the air out of the wine bottle. By taking the air out of the bottle, the pump slows down the oxidation process which in turn helps keep the wine’s flavor alive. The preserver has a chic look and comes with two push-tab wine stoppers that make removing them from the bottle smoother and easier.
This wine preserver comes with more features than simply sucking the air out of the bottle. Along with being a preserver, the Kalorik 2 -in-1 Wine Bottle Opener and Preserver also opens your bottle. Perfect for anyone who may struggle with opening wine bottles, this product also comes with a foil cutter and two traditional wine stoppers. You can find it at retailers including Koh’ls, Macy’s, Home Depot, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Lestaven Wine Decanter and Breather ($32.99)
Although not technically a wine preserver, the Lestaven Wine Decanter and Breather is the perfect addition for any wine lover’s collection. Made out of crystal, this decanter holds up to 54 ounces of wine. Containing a double-layer filter which helps filter out impurities, this decanter spreads the wine 360 degrees, which ultimately increases the contact area between the wine and air. Available through Amazon, this breather is a stylish gift for friends, family, or yourself.
Zazzol Wine Aerator Decanter ($25.97)
Strictly an aerator, this gadget is perfect for red wine lovers. Simply put, an aerator forces the wine to interact with air and thus increase the process of oxidation. While this may seem the opposite of what a wine pump does, this process greatly benefits red wine, for it will soften the tannins in the wine and make it smoother to drink. Aerating is also important for any bottle that’s been stored away for more than a year. Sold on Amazon, this aerator is a must for anyone who enjoys vintage or red wine.
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