Treat yourself to these wine accessories

There’s a reason you don’t drink wine from a cup (unless you’re on a Zoom call and it’s 1pm on a Tuesday, but I digress). The right wine accessories make the wine experience. From chic glasses to decanters and even fancy corkscrews, having your wine cellar fully stocked will make Friday night Sauvignon Blanc a million times better.

Plus, it’s National Wine Day on February 18, just in case you need a good excuse to get involved with wine and wine accessories. Here’s what you’ll want to add to your cart to celebrate.

An American oak bottle

Oak Bottle Mini Whiskey Cask 100% American Oak, Original Rapid Oak Barrel Aged Taste

Oak bottle

amazon.com

$99.95


This American oak bottle is like a portable wine barrel. So you can take your cheap red wine, throw it in the bottle for a few hours and walk away with a fine vintage stored in oak. Or close enough, at least. This will make your wine taste like an expensive bottle of aged good stuff without waiting two years or a $100 price tag. And because you can just wash and reuse it, you’re not limited to wine either. Anything that benefits from a good oak infusion will be delicious here; rum, bourbon, tequila and even vinegars and hot sauce. Plus, it’s sleek and modern and will fit right into any minimalist kitchen or dining room.

Wine cellars

Set of 8 Stainless Steel Diamond Shaped Metal Ice Cubes

Set of 8 Stainless Steel Diamond Shaped Metal Ice Cubes

NIFTY5

amazon.com

$25.95



Vinglace Stainless Steel Wine Cooler at Nordstrom

Vinglace Stainless Steel Wine Cooler at Nordstrom

ice cream

nordstrom.com

$89.95



Corkcicle Classic Triple Insulated Stainless Steel Stemless Travel Mug with Matte Black Lid, 12 oz

Corkcicle Classic Triple Insulated Stainless Steel Stemless Travel Mug with Matte Black Lid, 12 oz

Cork

amazon.com

$34.95


Nobody wants mulled wine or bubbles. But we also don’t want to dilute something that took a winemaker months of careful thought and painstaking preparation to produce. But with outdoor encounters much more common thanks to COVID and summer temperatures just months away, you need to keep this wine cool. I’m a person who likes my white and rosé so cold the glass practically sweats, so I’ve taken a multi-pronged approach to keeping the nectar of the gods chilled.

First, you’ll need “ice cubes” that aren’t actually made of water and won’t dilute your wine: these look nice and stay nice and cold. And of course they can be reused. Second, you will need a chiller for your bottle of wine. I love this one because you don’t have to keep pushing the bottle in and out when you want to pour it, which equals more chill time and no wet hands. And third, you want a glass that also keeps your wine very cold. There’s a time and a place for beautiful crystal glasses, sure, but when you just want ice cold wine, you can’t beat the Corkcicle Triple Insulated Tumbler. Personally, I love it in the copper and walnut colors but you love it!

If you are more of a carafe, this one allows you to chill and decant your wine at the same time. Plus, it’s gorgeous as part of a dinner table set or sitting on your coffee table when friends come over for a drink or two.

bottle openers

Ethan+Ashe Vagnbys Wings Corkscrew in Matte Black

Ethan+Ashe Vagnbys Wings Corkscrew in Matte Black

Ethan+Ashe

nordstrom.com

$50.00


The Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver with 2 Vacuum Stoppers - Black

The Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver with 2 Vacuum Stoppers – Black

Vacuum Wine

amazon.com

$13.95


Then there are the viticultural tools you will need. No more opening bottles with that $1 corkscrew from college, please. Instead, pull out your novelty Nordstrom bird-inspired corkscrew and open that bottle with pride! You’ll also need a Vacu Vin wine preserver, just in case you don’t finish the bottle (unusual as that is!). When you use one, air is prevented from coming into contact with the wine and your opened bottles stay fresh and flavorful for up to a week. Which means you don’t have to hesitate to open a bottle just for a drink!

A book about wine

Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine pairings for the real world

Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine pairings for the real world

Harry N. Abrams

amazon.com

$15.77


And finally, you might want to add “Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings For The Real World” to your library as well. Although we all know that a crisp white wine goes well with lobster, you’re more likely to drink it with your Chinese takeout. The good thing is ! And this book understands that, so you can choose a wine that suits your real eating habits, not the ones you imagine.


Dora W. Clawson