Buy All the Wine Tools You Need For $15

adobe-spark-2There are myriad wine accessories on the market and while I’m definitely not averse to some of them, the sober truth is that many gizmos are not necessities. There are two items that I consider absolute essentials for drinking wine, and you need not invest more than $15 total on them (and one of them can involve Tupperware!).

The Corkscrew:  Be it rabbit style, wing, arm, self-pulling, or two-prong, there is a galaxy of cork extractors out there. But nothing beats the simple Waiter’s Friend corkscrew for sheer ease of use, affordability, and portability. Look for ones with a Teflon-coated spiral for easy drilling, and a little serrated blade to cut the foil off the bottleneck. Or you could just go for wine with a screwcap.

The Pitcher:  The only other mandatory tool is a decanting vessel, which is a fancy way to say you need a pouring container in the event you want to soften your wine’s tannins or remove its sediment. (More on this in my book!) But before you drop hundreds on one of the many fragile, curvaceous glass decanters available, know that a simple glass pitcher in your kitchen will suffice. In fact, I know a whole slew of happy connoisseurs who decant their priceless bottles with Tupperware. Tongue firmly in cheek, they affectionately refer to their trusty vessel as the Club Crystal.

For other ways you can save money while drinking richly, check out my book, How to Drink Like a Billionaire (Regan Arts).

Corkscrews Just Became Cool

Corkscrews Just Became Cool: Last month I happened upon this phenomenal corkscrew after a doing a random search of, the online storefront for handmade and vintage goods.  Hand forged from an actual railroad spike, it is the perfect low-tech combination of style and rawness.  I was so taken with it that I immediately placed an order for four of them: three as holiday gifts and one for myself, engraved, appropriately enough, with “Drink Bravely”.

cool corkscrews

It is is made by “Hightower,” a doo-ragged, Michigan-based gentleman who clearly knows his way around an anvil.  The corkscrew is $45 before shipping, a reasonable price to pay for a vinous instrument of such singularity and impressiveness.  Built into it is also a lever that serves as a bottle opener.  Hightower will engrave initials or a phrase onto it at no extra charge. Have corkscrews ever been this cool? Don’t think so! Check out the Etsy shop for more cool corkscrews.

It’s to imagine a cooler wedding, birthday, or Father’s Day gift for the wine inclined.  Check it out here.