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Wine Product Review: Eisch Sensisplus Wine Glass (AKA, The “Breathable Wine Glass”)

Eisch Wine Glass

Eisch Sensis Wine Glass

Purchased at:  Almost anywhere fine wine glasses are sold

Cost:  Roughly $30 and up

Advertised Purpose

A wine poured into a breathable glass for just 2 to 4 minutes will show signs of aeration equivalent to the same wine that has been decanted and aerated for 1 to 2 hours. The original character and structure of the wine are preserved, yet the wine’s aroma and palate impression become more open and generous.  Note that this is what is listed on one of Eisch’s reseller’s web site.  Due to reasons noted later in this post, Eisch can no longer make these claims.

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Top 5 Wine Accessories Gifts to Give this Holiday Season

Top 5 Wine Accessory GiftsIt’s the season of giving, and if you’re looking for a gift for the wine lover in your family, the options are almost endless. But as you browse through another home goods store looking at the ever varying wine racks (Eiffel Tower wine rack? Maybe a wine rack shaped like the Pyramids? What next?), you’re probably not feeling as optimistic. But don’t worry! Winery-Sage is here to help you pick out the next and best wine gift for the vino aficionado in your life. We’ve selected five of our favorite wine accessory gifts we’ve used this year, and are sharing these secrets with you. Pair this information with the previous list of wines you shouldn’t buy as a gift this year, and you’re guaranteed to produce the finest vintage (of gifts!) this season.

So get your shopping notes ready, and check out our top five wine gifts for this holiday season after the jump.

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Wine Gadget Review: Automatic Wine Preserver by Brookstone

Automatic Wine Preserver by BrookstoneGadget Review: Automatic Wine Preserver by Brookstone
Purchased at: Amazon
Cost: $29.99

Advertised Purpose:
Brookstone says, “Ensure that your wine stays fresher to the last drop. Our Automatic Wine Preserver automatically pumps air out of an opened bottle of wine to help prevent oxidation, which can degrade flavor and bouquet. Simply insert into an opened bottle, secure, and the vacuum automatically removes all excess air to help keep your wine fresher between glasses. Is your wine at the right serving temp? Now you’ll always know. The Automatic Wine Preserver’s built-in thermometer monitors wine temperature to help you serve it at the correct temperature.”

Expectation/What it Means:
The Automatic Wine Preserver is designed to not only remove a significant amount of oxygen from an opened wine bottle but will also monitor the “vacuum” and if air leaks back in will pump it out again.

What it also means is that if “Automatic Wine Preserver” is the most inventive name they could come up with; Brookstone needs some serious help in their marketing department.  That’s the equivalent of Ford calling a new model “A Car with Four Wheels”.  For the remainder of this review, we’ll be calling AWP which is only slightly less imaginative.

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Wine Gadget Review: Corkcicle

Corkcicle from Bevmo Review

Gadget Review: Corkcicle by Corkcicle (the Company)
Purchased at: Bevmo
Cost: $22.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond online  (no longer available at BevMo)

Advertised Purpose:
Corkcicle says, “It keeps your chilled whites at perfect drinking temperatures. It keeps your lighter chilled reds at perfect drinking temperatures. And it even brings those heavier room temperature reds down to more suitable drinking temperatures.”

Expectation/What it Means:
For a white wine, the product should slow the warming process that normally happens when a partially full wine bottle is left at room temperature.

It also claims to chill a red wine from room temperature to proper serving temperature (although based on the type of red wine, that could be a broad range).

The premise is that it will work much like putting several ice cubes into a glass of wine to keep it cool but without the side affect of diluting the wine.

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Wine Gadget Reviews: The Wine Waterfall by Urban Trends

Wine Waterfall by Urban TrendsGadget Review: The Wine Waterfall by Urban Trends
Purchased at: Bevmo
Cost: $79.99

Advertised Purpose:
Bevmo says, “Chill and serve your favorite wines and other beverages to perfection in this waterfall wine chiller. Cooling system is computer controlled and includes a built-in rotation feature.”

Expectation/What it Means:
The product claims to accelerate the cooling process for wines to quickly bring them to the correct temperature.  There are 5 different buttons, each with a preset time for various styles of wines, from light bodied white to heavy bodied Reds.

The premise is by spinning the bottle in a cold-water bath and cascading cold water over the bottle, the wine inside is quickly chilled.

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