I am not a fancy person. I just like to enjoy wine occasionally, and maybe feel a little classy sometimes.
In my philosophy there are five things you need to fully enjoy every aspect of wine:
1. Something to open wine with.
2. Something to aerate wine with.
3. Something to put the wine in.
4. Something to store wine / extend the life of an open bottle of wine.
That's it. And anything else is totally balls ridiculous. These items are all under $25. They get the job done and they do it well.
1. True 1026 Private Preserve ($11)
Want to have a glass of wine, but hate having to open a whole bottle for yourself? Maybe you cook with wine often and only need a cup here and there. This can of heavier-than-air gases creates a blanket of gas over the wine to preserve it!
*Pour out a glass.
*Spray a bit into the wine bottle.
*Put a stopper on it.
The gas in the can stops air from reaching the wine, this allows the wine to be stored for longer periods after opening. Some of the Amazon reviews claim that this product has been able to preserve a single open bottle of wine up to two weeks, with some cases up to a month. Each can preserves about 120 bottles worth of wine.
2. Vacu Vin Wine Saver Pump ($9)
This product works to preserve your wine by pulling out the air inside the bottle and sealing it.
There have been many times when I didn't have a bottle opener and had to use a shoe and a redwood tree to try and get a wine bottle open. I didn't impress anyone. Don't be like me — buy this cheap opener.
Some prefer the winged style corkscrew. They are easier to operate.
5. Winco Champagne Bottle Stopper ($3)
Put a stop to flat champagne! This is a cheap stopper that'll preserve the bubbles in your bubbly.
7. Yukiss Wine Aerator ($10)
8. Winco Wine Bucket 4 Quarts ($11)
9. Winco Wine Bucket 8 Quarts ($16)
13. Libbey 10 oz Red Wine Glass, Set of 4 ($11)
14. Lovelyou Wine and Beverage Bottle Stoppers, Set of 3 ($7)
16. Ikea Hutten Wine Rack ($10)
God bless Ikea. Cheap and elegant.