Get The Gear. Wine Gear That Is
The Armchair Sommelier Wine Accessory Guide
Who’s saying “get the gear?” You are. And, so are your wine loving buddies. With all the wine accessory options on the market, Armchair Somm’s Gear Guide (say that three times fast) breaks down the must haves and most loved. This gear is made to be seen. But unlike your 5 piece hiking set that remains in your closet this gear can be left front and center.
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Need a serotonin boost? Reach for a wine opener. Not sure which one to reach for? Check out Armchair’s fab five below. They range from basic B to fierce.
|Wing Corkscrew||Opens beer and wine||$15.99|
|Waiter’s Wine Tool||Portable & Affordable||$14.97|
|Electric Wine Opener||For The Gadget Lover||$29.99|
|Wine Opener & Corkscrew Set||Commercial Grade||$29.99|
|Electric Opener, Aerator, Foil Cutter & Vacuum Stopper||Makes A Great Gift||$33.99|
Simple. Functional. Multi-funtional. This gadget can open wine and/or beer.
Waiter’s Wine Tool
This is my go to, on-the-go wine tool. It’s small so I can carry it anywhere. I keep several of these in my house. In a drawer, in my wine carrying tote, beach bag and my outdoor kitchen. Believe it or not, guests always seem to think it’s a challenge to use but it’s actually quite simple.
Electric Wine Opener
The Secura wine opener is a fun gadget to keep at your wine bar. It’s fun to look at and makes opening your fav bottle super easy. Guests can pop over to your wine bar and crack a bottle open themselves.
Wine Bottle Opener, Corkscrew Set
The 2022 upgraded wine bottle opener set, Luxiluxy’s best seller, is made with top quality and commercial grade stainless steel for long-term durability. It is 15% heavier and more solid than others offered on the market.
Electric Wine Opener, Aerator, Foil Cutter, Vacuum Stopper
This complete set makes a great gift or just another fun tool to have at your bar. It has all the goodies to open your bottle and store it. Foil cutter, electric opener, aerator and pourer, 2 vacuum stoppers all on a display charging base.
Want to show off when hosting your next dinner party? We thought so. Display your bottle(s) and pour with style.
|Acrylic Ice Bucket||Great Value||$33.88|
|Stainless Steel Single Bottle Wine Chiller||Sleek Modern Look||$29.99|
Ice Bucket Clear Acrylic Holds 5 Full-Sized Bottles
We love this ice bucket for parties. It’s great to take to a party as a host gift and certainly great when hosting your own party. You could also throw a salad in the bowl but honestly, the wine looks a lot better 😉 It does fit 5 bottles. Add some ice first, then bottles. If they’re not all chilled to your desired temp the moment they’re set out, just add some water. The cold water will completely surround the bottle and will chill super fast.
Stainless Steel Single Bottle Wine & Champagne Chiller
We love the sleek look of this stainless steel single bottle chiller. It looks great next to a cheese board or alone on a marble countertop.
Complete your home bar or surprise a wine lover with a unique set of wine glasses, all designed with elegance and simplicity in mind. Having an ergonomic stout bulb shape and wide rim allows the wine to properly breathe. Who knew drinking wine was good for carpal tunnel?
|JoyJolt Layla White Wine Glasses||13.5 oz. Czech Crystal||$49.99 For Set Of 6|
|JoyJolt Layla Red Wine Glasses||17 oz. Czech Crystal||$29.95 For Set Of 4|
|Handblown Crystal Glasses||18 oz. Timeless Style||$35.99 For Set Of 4|
|JoyJolt Stemless Glasses||15 oz. Compact Stemless Style||$21.95 For Set Of 4|
|Champaign Flutes||8oz. Handblown Crystal||$41.97 For Set Of 4|
|Champaign Coupe Glasses||11.5 oz. Crystal||$36.97 For Set Of 4|
JoyJolt Layla White Wine Glasses
These wine glasses are proudly made in the Czech Republic from premium quality, highly durable crystal, guaranteed to withstand the test of time. They’re even dishwasher safe.
JoyJolt Layla Red Wine Glasses
Another great design by JoyJolt, crafted in the Czech Republic. The design brings out the natural color of the wine for a new experience.
Hand Blown Crystal White or Red Wine Glasses
Dishwasher safe, hand blown Italian style crystal. Do I need to say more? This very traditional, classy design will have you swirling more than sipping. Just kidding, that’s ridiculous.
JoyJolt Spirits Stemless Wine Glasses
Did we mention we’re fans of JoyJolt? For the klutziest, wine lover in your life, there’s the stemless wine glass. These also fit neatly on a shelf or in a cabinet and can do double duty as a stylish water glass.
Beautiful glasses to fall in love with. These contemporary hand blown crystal flutes are elegant enough for a wedding gift and classic enough for mimosas when you host your next brunch.
Champagne Coupe Glasses
We love drinking Champagne from coupe glasses. Especially on New Year’s Eve. Legend has it that the shape was inspired by Marie Antoinette’s breasts. This glass also pulls double duty for a Manhattan or Gimlet.
Enhance your wine (red, white, young, old and even sparkling) with a decanter.
|Riedel Cabernet Decanter||37 oz. Crystal||$55.00|
|Red Wine Decanter||32 oz. Carafe||$62.95|
|Swan Decanter||Unique Handblown Style||$49.98|
Riedel Cabernet Decanter
Calling all brand snobs! Looking for brand recognition? Impress the wine lover in your life with a machine-blown crystal Cabernet Riedel Decanter.
Le Chateau Red Wine Decanter Aerator
If you dread dripping wine from your decanter this crystal wine decanter’s easy to pour slanted spout, eliminates wine spills and drips.
Swan Wine Decanter
Give ‘em a show with a swan crystal decanter. This beautiful hand blown crystal decanter will look great on any bar.
Let’s just say you don’t want to drink that entire bottle in one night, hypothetically speaking. Hey we get it, why save the nice bottle until the weekend? That’s 5 days away. Open and store with confidence.
|Coravin Three Plus Kit||2 Gas Capsules & 2 Screw Cap Replacements||$229.00|
|Coravin Six Plus Kit||3 Gas Capsules & 6 Screw Cap Replacements||$329.00|
|Air Pump||Great Value||$27.99|
Here’s how you enjoy one glass of your $40+ bottle while preserving the remainder for dinner on Friday that is planned four weeks from now.
All you have to do is introduce argon gas into your bottle of wine without corking it. What? Let the sciencing commence.
When you’re preserving wine with argon gas, you’re essentially slowing down the aging process (oxidation). Argon is a noble gas that doesn’t react with other molecules, which means it won’t interact with the wine and cause it to spoil. By using a Coravin wine system or similar device to inject argon gas into the bottle, you can keep your wine fresh for weeks.
The non-coring Coravin Needle gently passes through corks without displacing cork material. Once the Needle is removed, the cork simply expands back to its normal shape. As wine is extracted through the needle, it is replaced with pure argon gas, ensuring oxygen never touches the remaining wine, keeping it as fresh as the day it was bottled.
This method is perfect for preserving wine in the bottle when you only plan to have a glass or two (wink, wink) because it allows you to inject argon gas into the bottle to protect the wine from oxidation. So, voila.
Coravin offers a multitude of wine preservation systems that start at $99.
Once you are done pouring your glass, pump the air out of the bottle with a hand pump. Hand pumps are a great low cost way to make your open bottle of wine last longer. This process will remove any oxygen from the bottle before you re-cork it and will help to prevent your wine from oxidizing ensuring that it tastes as good as the first time you opened the bottle. A vacuum pump is a great way to prolong the life of your favorite wines.
Up your wine game with a wine preserver and chiller. A wine preserver and chiller will keep your wine fresh longer than re-corking the bottle. It also frees up valuable space in your refrigerator.
There are many different wine preservers and chillers on the market. Here are top rated chillers and refrigerators.
|Ivation Wine Refrigerator||18 Bottle Capacity||$279.99|
|Kalamera Wine Refrigerator||46 Bottle Capacity||$995.00|
Ivation Bottle Wine Cooler Refrigerator
Ivation’s 18 bottle wine refrigerator has a lock. Most do these days. This freestanding wine chiller is for red, white, champagne or sparkling wine. Its digitally controlled temperature can be locked in place (you know, in case you bump the buttons with your hand. We’ve been there). Adjust wine racks for white wine or Champagne bottles.
Kalamera Wine Cooler Refrigerator
The Kalamera wine refrigerator is 24” and holds up to 46 bottles. The dual zone thermostat makes it easy to set temperature for both white and red. The stainless steel frame with 2 layers of tempered glass stabilizes temperature levels inside and keep glass from fogging. Kalamera claims to be the only one to have this design on the market.
Wine Picnic Sets
Doesn’t everyone daydream about the perfect wine picnic? Dates, anniversaries, Sunday in the park. We’ve narrowed it down to two awesome options.
|Wine Picnic Backpack||Single Bottle Capacity||$99.99|
|Wicker Picnic Basket For 2||Attached Serving Table||$93.95|
Wine Picnic Backpack
We love all things picnic! Easily carry your picnic to the park, beach or watch the planes fly overhead (it’s a thing). Your wine bottle stores outside the bag leaving room for other fun picnic goodies. (pssst… we are loving Lay’s chips, crème fraîche and caviar with our Champs).
Wicker Picnic Basket for 2
This wicker picnic basket is so adorable we can hardly stand it. If only Dorothy had known about it. The lid even converts into a bamboo table. How cute is that! This set is a really great gift for your sweetheart. Surprise them on an anniversary with a picnic with their new picnic set. Use this picnic setup as a backdrop for your next IG highlight.
Wine Bottle Carriers
Carry wine to your next event with flair. No, we’re not talking about buttons on your apron.
|Tirrinia 2 Bottle Tote||Insulated, Two Bottle Capacity||$25.99|
|Tirrinia 4 Bottle Tote||Insulated, Four Bottle Capacity||$30.99|
|Tirrinia Leather 2 Bottle Tote||Includes 2 Tumblers||$199.99|
Tirrinia 2 Bottle Wine Tote
BYOW? No problem with this insulated and leak proof wine tote for two bottles.
Tirrinia 4 Bottle Wine Tote
What’s that you say? Can’t decide on just two? Wouldn’t you know it, Tirrinia makes a tote for four bottles too. Leak proof and insulated!
Tilvini Insulated Leather Wine Bag
Great gift for the person in your life that’s hard to shop for. They may have a hotdog bun steamer at home but odds are they don’t have a leather wine tote, complete with two tumblers.
Yep, it’s definitely a thing. And, wine not?
|Wine Suitcase||12 Bottle Capacity||$369.00|
Wine Travel Suitcase – Up to 12 Bottles
Travel to wine country on the west coast or abroad with your wine suitcase and avoid shipping your wine home. Holds up to 12 bottles of wine. Designed to accommodate clothes or other personal items by removing one or more of the inserts.