4 of the best wine gadgets to optimise your wine enjoyment at home
While wine lovers can get their vino fix dining in at some restaurants in Phase 2, investing in a few choice wine gadgets can make drinking at home that much more enjoyable.
The contraption, which clamps itself atop a wine bottle, serves wine without removing the cork: It inserts a medical grade needle into the cork, pressurises the bottle with argon gas, and pours the wine. The tiny incision in the cork seals itself, preserving the remaining wine in the bottle.
You can now open that bottle of Burgundy without worrying about it getting spoiled or oxidised if you can’t finish it in one sitting.
The Coravin Model Eleven is the latest iteration of the gadget since it was launched in international markets seven years ago.
While earlier models require a push of a lever to release the wine, Model Eleven dispenses it automatically when you tip the gadget over your glass. It also comes with Bluetooth, which connects to the Coravin Moments App that checks your system stats, picks wines to suit your mood, and suggests food pairings.
Coravin Model Eleven, S$1,285, from 1855thebottleshop.com
Do you have one of those capsule-coffee machines that dispenses your espresso at the perfect temperature? The D-Vine machine, which was created by French start-up 10-Vins, works on the same principle, but for wine.
A test tube-like wine flacon (containing a serving for one glass) is inserted into the top of the D-Vine, which reads the RFID tag on the flacon and determines its optimum serving condition.
The wine is then released from the flacon, running through an internal tube that aerates the liquid (equivalent to a three-hour decanting), cools it down to its ideal serving temperature, and dispenses it – all in a less than a minute.
D-Vine’s official distributor in Asia, De Majestic Vines, has picked a selection of 12 wine flacons from D-Vine’s wine menu.
“The idea of D-vine grew from my frustrations in getting a glass of good wine with the perfect oxygenation and temperature when I needed it,” said Thibaut Jarrousse, chief executive officer of 10-Vins. “Everyone deserves a glass of perfect wine – whenever they want it.”
D-Vine (with a complimentary set of six flacons), S$3,599, from shop.demajesticvines.com
SPRAY AND SAVE
The Winesave Pro protects your opened bottle of wine so you can drink it again days, weeks or months later without it getting oxidised.
Simply take the gadget, which is essentially a canister of odourless Argon gas, spray it into the bottle for one second, and replace the cork or screwcap. The gas displaces the oxygen in the bottle and forms a protective layer over the wine.
The Winesave Pro has no expiry date and can last up to 150 applications.
Winesave Pro, S$49.90, from winesave.com.sg
Serving wine at the right temperature, which varies for whites, reds and bubblies, is a crucial factor in wine enjoyment as a few degrees of difference can throw the flavour profile off-balance.
The Kelvin K2 smart wine thermometer takes away the guesswork: Download the Kelvin K2 App, clip the thermometer transmitter onto the bottle, and select the wine type on the app. The app will let you know if you need to chill the wine by displaying its current and optimum serving temperatures.
While the wine is being chilled in your refrigerator, the attached thermometer transmitter, with its Bluetooth connectivity, will send temperature information to your Kelvin K2 App and inform you once the bottle is ready to be removed.
Kelvin K2, £39.95 / S$70, from mykelvin.co.uk