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17 Brutally Practical Items For Wine Lovers

All of the wine, none of the fuss.

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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.

5. 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)

Private Preserve / Amazon
Private Preserve / Amazon

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!

Steps:

*Pour out a glass.

*Spray a bit into the wine bottle.

*Put a stopper on it.

*Done.

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)

Vacu Vin / Amazon
Vacu Vin / Amazon

This product works to preserve your wine by pulling out the air inside the bottle and sealing it.

3. X-Chef Stainless Steel Foldout Corkscrew ($6)

X-Chef / Amazon
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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.

4. WMF Stainless Corkscrew, Winged Style ($8)

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WMF / Amazon

Some prefer the winged style corkscrew. They are easier to operate.

5. Winco Champagne Bottle Stopper ($3)

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Put a stop to flat champagne! This is a cheap stopper that'll preserve the bubbles in your bubbly.

6. Metrokane Champagne and Wine Sealer ($6)

Only drink one bottle at a time, and want a sealer that covers both Champagne and wine? This will do it.
Metrokane / Amazon

Only drink one bottle at a time, and want a sealer that covers both Champagne and wine? This will do it.

7. Yukiss Wine Aerator ($10)

Aeration was something I thought was total bullshit for a long time. However, aeration does make a difference in flavor. Some wines need time to "breathe" and be exposed to air for a certain amount of time to mellow out their flavors.This will aerate the wine as you pour it out.
Yukiss

Aeration was something I thought was total bullshit for a long time. However, aeration does make a difference in flavor. Some wines need time to "breathe" and be exposed to air for a certain amount of time to mellow out their flavors.

This will aerate the wine as you pour it out.

8. Winco Wine Bucket 4 Quarts ($11)

If you don't have a bucket, you can use a deep mixing bowl to chill your wine in, but that doesn't look so fancy. Sometimes you'll want your wine chilled in a fancy ice bucket like you see in movies. This will hold one bottle.
Winco

If you don't have a bucket, you can use a deep mixing bowl to chill your wine in, but that doesn't look so fancy. Sometimes you'll want your wine chilled in a fancy ice bucket like you see in movies. This will hold one bottle.

9. Winco Wine Bucket 8 Quarts ($16)

If you need to chill more than one bottle of wine, this is your budget bucket. Holds two!
Winco / Amazon

If you need to chill more than one bottle of wine, this is your budget bucket. Holds two!

10. Anchor Hocking 15-Ounce 4-Piece Stemless Wine Glass Set ($10)

For those who don't like the look of stems, or just want a bigger glass.
Anchor Hocking / Amazon

For those who don't like the look of stems, or just want a bigger glass.

11. TaZa Shatterproof Wine Glasses 16oz, Set of 4 ($23)

Someone you know clink glasses a little too enthusiastically? Maybe a party gets a little too rowdy and someone knocks a glass over. I've broken lots of glasses before. I'm an awful person, but there's a solution! Shatterproof glasses!
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Someone you know clink glasses a little too enthusiastically? Maybe a party gets a little too rowdy and someone knocks a glass over. I've broken lots of glasses before. I'm an awful person, but there's a solution! Shatterproof glasses!

12. Libbey 11 oz Basics White Wine Glass, Set of 4 ($11)

The standard classy white wine glass. If someone ends up breaking it? Well, you only spent $11 for four of them.
Libbey / Amazon

The standard classy white wine glass. If someone ends up breaking it? Well, you only spent $11 for four of them.

13. Libbey 10 oz Red Wine Glass, Set of 4 ($11)

Red wine glasses are wider than white wine counterparts. The wider glass allows red wine to breathe more.
Libbey / Amazon

Red wine glasses are wider than white wine counterparts. The wider glass allows red wine to breathe more.

14. Lovelyou Wine and Beverage Bottle Stoppers, Set of 3 ($7)

Preserve that bottle for later! Combined with this miracle device, you can keep bottles of wine fresh for weeks!
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Preserve that bottle for later! Combined with this miracle device, you can keep bottles of wine fresh for weeks!

15. Rabbit Wine and Beverage Bottle Stoppers ($7)

Looking for a stopper with more color? Use these different colored stoppers to distinguish between wines during a tasting.
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Looking for a stopper with more color? Use these different colored stoppers to distinguish between wines during a tasting.

16. Ikea Hutten Wine Rack ($10)

Ikea
Ikea

God bless Ikea. Cheap and elegant.

17. Sorbus Bamboo Wine Rack ($16)

Got a lot of wine? This stores 12 bottles!
Sorbus / Amazon

Got a lot of wine? This stores 12 bottles!

The money you just saved should go to fancier wine! So get out there and be classy on a budget!

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