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Uncorking the best new wine products

Curt Blakeney, Darpan, 19 Nov, 2014
  • Uncorking the best new wine products
Wine's amazing popularity continues to soar, as wineries keep quenching our insatiable thirst for the delicious grape nectar. Whether to accompany a meal, as a crowd pleaser at a dinner party, or for its bountiful health benefits, wine will continue to be an American favorite. Wine lovers worldwide are seeing their cups runneth over with more and more cool new gadgets being introduced that make the wine drinking experience more enjoyable than ever. Here are 7 cool new wine gadgets for your consideration:
 
 
Boxxle Wine Dispenser — The Boxxle is a new 3-liter premium box wine dispenser designed to rest on a countertop, bar or table. It gives wine lovers a convenient and attractive way to dispense and enjoy boxed wine … elevating it above the rim of the glass for easy dispensing, right down to the last drop. With Boxxle, wine lovers can use the entire bag without having to tip or drag the container to the edge of the countertop. Boxxle automatically compresses the bag and keeps wine fresh up to six weeks. With its contemporary stainless steel design, the Boxxle is sturdy, built to last, and compliments any kitchen, bar or dining room décor. The variety of boxed wines on the market is impressive, with producers offering everything from Moscato to Monastrell and many smaller, family-owned wineries selling boxed versions of their premium wines including Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and organics. $100; www.boxxle.com
 
 
Smart Touch Wine Opener — The Smart Touch Wine Opener remove corks effortlessly using just two fingers to turn. Pulls out the wine cork as you twist; the twist-and-pull action never breaks the cork. Enclosed corkscrew with elegantly designed gearing ensures a simple, smooth and effortless operation. Comes with a foil cutter that clips onto the unit for storage. Small, lightweight and compact design allows it to store easily in kitchen drawers and it’s portable for travel, picnics and parties. The handle folds down for storage. $24.99; www.viatekproducts.com
 
 
Vinnibag Inflatable Travel Bag — How do you safely get bottles of aged Italian wine or pure olive oil back home after a coastal holiday? Not rolled up in a hotel towel, but in an inflatable, reusable Vinnibag. Liquids, fine collectible items and any fragile valuables that an elite traveler wants to protect will be safe in a reusable Vinnibag in carry-on's or checked luggage. VinniBag is TSA friendly and was engineered specifically to withstand air travel and high altitudes. The design and materials allow for significant changes in air pressure and temperatures. Sophisticated testing was done at an independent test lab using altitude chambers that surpass normal conditions in aircraft cargo holds. Packing one is easy. Travelers stick items in the bag, inflate it with a few breaths of air, snap the bag closed, pack in their travel bag, and then deflate when they get home. Travelers can likely fit up to three inflated Vinnibags in their suitcase. Vinnibags can be reused as an ice pack, a smartphone holder in water, or even a bath pillow. VinniBag retails for $28 each. www.vinnibag.com
 
 
Just the Wine — If you love wine but hate the headache you get after, Just the Wine is the solution.  Simply add 3 drops of this liquid to a glass of wine and 80% of sulfites disappear without effecting the taste and quality of the wine.Red wine, white wine, and champagne can all be enjoyed with less sulfites.Sulfites are used in winemaking as an anti-microbial and preservative for bottling and storing wine. Many red wines produce sulfites naturally.  White wines will typically require more sulfites to be added compared to red wines because of this natural process. Winemakers add sulfites during the winemaking process; then adjust the sulfite levels to meet their specific requirements and formulations. Once bound, free sulfites and Just the Wine drops become neutral, so you cannot taste the drops and the wine’s natural flavor is unaffected.www.justthewine.com; $5.99
 
 
Wine Traveler — Enjoy wine on-the-go when tailgating or while relaxing at the pool or beach in style. The Wine Traveler is a plastic wine sippy cup with clear benefits over the standard wine glass in many situations. It's lid design prevents spills on choppy oceans or while carting down the golf course. Wine on your wedding day with less chance of ruining your white wedding dress or black tux! Keep bugs and dirt from getting in your drink while relaxing at the beach or in the garden. The Wine Traveler will keep your favorite beverage cool longer with its dual chamber sealed insulation. Holds 12 ounces. It is top rack dishwasher approved. $14.99; http://store.theproductfarm.com/
 
Festified Wine Bottle Sweater — Wine can get cold when it’s being transported on Santa’s sleigh. Keep it warm and merry by having it wear a Festified Wine Bottle Sweater! These miniature sweater versions are perfect for holiday parties or make a great stocking stuffer — matching hat-topper included! Now you can match the sweater you are wearing to the host/hostess gift — it doesn't get any more festive than that! Available in 13 hilarious designs, including Prancing Reindeer, Gingerbread Man, and Candy Cane Santa, the Wine Bottle Sweaters fit most wine bottles and similar-sized bottles. Priced affordably at $14.99, the excessively merry sweaters can be found online at http://www.festified.com/wine/.
 
Beach Glass — If you are giving a bottle of wine to your host or hostess, give them something to drink out of - The Beach Glass! The new acrylic outdoor drinkware can be used in snow and sand with the stem making them impossible to tip over. The Beach Glass can be ordered in gorgeous sea glass colors - each one is only $10.50 but looks like you paid a lot more. What really makes The Beach Glass perfect is that you can pop it in the dishwasher and use it again and again. www.thebeachglass.com

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