5 Wine Gadgets I Can’t Live Without June 27, 2016 By: Lauren Voigt 0 First of all, I hate clutter — but, I do love a useful gadget. And, contrary to what my husband might think based on how many things I manage to squirrel away into our (well organized) 10’x10′ kitchen, I am incredibly picky about what I select. These wine gadgets are handy, inexpensive, and I can’t live without them. Mix and match a few of these items for the perfect gift for a wine-lover! Elegant to drink out of, but unbreakable! Govino Wine Glasses These are elegant to drink out of, in a way that any other plastic drinkware misses. Also shatterproof, the thumb notch is key. I’ll never break another wine glass on the patio, while camping, or on a boat ride again. And frankly – the packaging is also very sleek, these make a great gift! Govino Wine Glass, Set of 4 – $12.95 Spare your knives, save your table linen! Foil Cutter After bending the tips of some good knives (and breaking them on a few occasions), a foil cutter now lives alongside the wine bottle opener. My advice? Don’t get one, get two – for 3.84 you won’t ever bend or break another knife tip. Plus, shearing off the foil off with a blade looks much nicer (not to mention less drippy) than tearing open the foil. Yes, I have been guilty of tearing off the foil, and dripping wine on the table linens many, many times. Wine Bottle Foil Cutter – $3.84 Chill your wine without diluting it! Whiskey Rocks If you thought for a second there you weren’t reading a wine blog, you’re wrong. These are perfect for anything you want to cool, but not dilute – including room-temperature wine! Drop 3-4 of these (gently) into your wine glass and top with wine. I use these for everything from wine to making iced coffee from a hot brew and more , and they do not pick up the flavors from one beverage to another. Whiskey Stones – Pure Soapstone – $14.95 Outdoor Wine Holder Set If you didn’t already pick up the Govino glasses for your outdoor fun, here’s another solution for when you’ve got some yard games out, and the fun is ready to roll… you can’t set your wine glass in the grass to toss the bean bags without it tipping. Solution? Wine stakes set. Holds your glass, and bottle… Wine Stakes Set – Holds Bottle and 2 Glasses– $12.99 Pocket Corkscrew What’s worse than a crappy corkscrew? Not having one at all. I’m not saying this corkscrew is the best you’ll ever buy but it’s better than nothing. And, unlike “waiter’s” corkscrews, these don’t have a blade, so the TSA will NEVER confiscate this one. For 1.96 a piece, get yourself a bunch. I keep one in my luggage for when I travel, one in the picnic basket, one with my camping gear, and couple extras for backup. Pocket Corkscrew – $1.96 Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Don't miss a thing! Get Minnesota Uncorked in your inbox. We respect your privacy. Tag: govino Previous post Taking Local to New Levels at Urban Forage Winery Next post I say kee∙YAHN∙tee, you say chee∙ON∙tee, let’s call the whole thing off Lauren Voigt Lauren launched Minnesota Uncorked™ to nurture a community uniquely for Minnesota's wine culture — encouraging exploration on of wine, of Minnesota, and Minnesota wine. She is a Certified Wine Professional (CWP) through Saint Paul College and a student of the globally recognized WSET program (Level II, Distinction). Lauren can be reached at email@example.com.