While once there were just flashy bottle stoppers and snazzy corkscrews, now there are gadgets that will save a weak-wristed drinker from having to swirl the wine and even .
Here is an assortment of gadgets and gifts that wine lovers may not have even knew they needed this holiday:
1. Silhouette Wine Glass
Most experts agree that the sense of smell is essential to tasting wine so Peter Rigas of Tomzi International, who hopes to knock the ubiquitous Riedel wine glasses from their shelf, has designed a hand cut glass that is notched on one side that allows the drinker to, as he says "bury your nose in the aroma." (www.greatestwineglass.com))
2. Wine aroma kits
The human nose can identify more than 2,000 different odors with a variety of aroma kits now on the market that promise to train the nose. With vials of the most common odors – plum, leather, green and black pepper, butter and peach to name a few – along with aroma cards and instructions they promise to help you recognize and discuss wine like a sommelier. (www.aoweb.com) or (www.wineenthusiast.com)
3. Blend your own wine at home
Crushpad, the do-it-yourself winery in San Francisco, is offering people a cheap way to experience blending their own wine at home. The winery will ship its Fusebox, a collection of seven bottles (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc) some pipettes, recipe and aroma cards to create a unique red. (www.crushpadwine.com)
4. Wine Aerator
Swirling is an integral part of tasting wine as it coats the glass’s walls with a thin film that releases the concentrated aromas. Decanting also allows the wine to breathe. But for those too tired to swirl or decant comes a gadget called the Vinturi Wine Aerator that promises to speed up the process and combines what its maker says is the proper amount of air for the right amount of time. (www.vinturi.com)
5. Cork creativity
If you’re like Art and Betsy Stratemeyer, who host wine Web site www.stratsplace.com, you’ve a kitchen drawer overflowing with corks with no purpose. One possible solution is to make cork bulletin boards, trays or trivets. A variety of craft kits with ready made frames, glue and instructions are available on line.