I’m debuting a new series of guest articles on Vinopanion today, starting with this fine wine accessory intro article by Zsa Zsa Bacaling of Grotto Cellars. These free guest posts will provide a bit of a fresh voice every now and then for you devoted readers who, like my family, get tired of hearing me blather on and on about my vino obsession. This first article by Zsa Zsa delivers some great advice for the newbie wine fanatic, something that I have somewhat neglected over the ~3 years of my Vinopanion writings. Cheers!
Let the right accessories add to your wine appreciation experience
Can the right accessories really add to the wine lover’s experience? Definitely.
Whenever you shop for wines, don’t forget to include wonderful wine accessories. There are plenty of interesting accessories in the market today that can add style and spice to your wine cellar. From stemware to wall art, to aerators, charms and humidifying fountains, there’s no reason you can’t add some visual delight to the wine bottles you’re breaking open.
For every wine enthusiast, there’s always a creative contraption made to enhance your wine storing and pouring experience. We’ve seen some beautiful, custom made cellar doors, rolling wine cellar ladders, decorative flooring and ceilings, special lighting and tables and chairs for those wine tastings.
Did you know that several stores sell classy wine accessories without selling any wine at all? This simply shows that the demand for wine accessories is huge. Whether you’re buying for yourself or for someone you know, wine accessories also make fantastic gift ideas. Here are some of our highly recommended wine accessories that every wine lover must have in his/her wine cellar:
A good wine glass is nearly as important as the wine itself. For the wine newbie, a good wineglass will help you appreciate the flavor, depth and aroma of your wine. There’s a glass for every occasion! Just make your wine glasses are not frosted, colored or cut, so you can see the wine clearly in all its beauty. Pick the right one for you, and if you plan to use the glasses for wine tasting rather than drinking, make sure that you have many identical glasses. To enjoy the full experience of wine consumption, drink to a glass partially filled and held by the stem. Cheers!
Want the best from your wine? Then you get yourself a wine decanter. Contrary to the belief that decanting wines is not just for show, if you want to avoid an unsightly looking wine to the table, you need to decant your wine into a resplendent receptacle. Wines which have aged in bottle, typically reds rather than white, will generally throw a sediment by ten years of age or more. This sediment displeasing to the eye and can be quite unpleasant in the mouth, hence, the wine decanters. Decanters.com has some stylish wine decanters for your picking. Our tip? Look for a wide bottom and a narrow neck. You will be needing a decanting funnel too, so the wine will gently pour down the side of your decanter.
Display your good taste not only in wines but also in inner décor with great wine racks. Whether you’re looking for traditional wooden wine racks made from redwoods, mahogany or pines, or a wild new design in metal, a wine rack makes a great accessory while you are serving your guests. Add pizzazz to your wine cellar walls with a mounted wine rack or show off some of your best wines in stackable wine racks. They are a refreshing change from the basic racks exclusively intended for storage, and you add a little more artistry to your wine cellar with beautiful wine racks. Your choices are many, and you can even have them customized in a variety of creative and eye-catching ways!
Always trying to squeeze that cork back into your unfinished bottle of wine? Wine stoppers are one of the top-selling wine accessories, and the choices are limitless. You can find everything from high end professional styles to the more traditional and to the novelty and contemporary types. Depending on your taste, you can choose from various geometric shapes, hand-blown glass shapes, to funny little characters sitting on top of the cork. If you’re a wine enthusiast who’s environmentally conscious, choose natural cork stoppers. Remember though, that while stoppers can slow the spoiling process of the wine, they can’t really stop it. Our tip? Drink and consume your wine within two days of opening it.
Accessorizing is indeed an enjoyable experience, and because wine is personal, make your wine accessories selection a personal one too. Indulge in one of life’s greatest pleasures by stocking up some or all of these must-have wine accessories.
Author: Zsa Zsa Bacaling works with Grotto Cellars. Accessorize with custom made wine racks from Grotto Custom Wine Cellars and Cabinets. We create beautiful wine racks that can add style and flair to your wine cellar.