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A few of our favorite things.

The BEST vacuum system(s).

Vacu Vin, the best vacuum wine slealer http://amzn.to/2gFnPLn
Vacu Vin, $21.95 on Amazon

Sometimes I want to open that bottle… but I only want a glass of wine, and I might not get back to the rest for awhile.  Solution?  Tami of Carlos Creek Winery recommends the Vacu Vin Wine Stopper System, $21.95 as “the BEST way to reseal your wine bottles!”

If you’re looking to spend a bit more than $20 (or, a LOT more) Scott from 65 Vines Winery recommends the CORAVIN™Model Eight Wine System, $239 — a big investment, but check out how it works:


The best vacuum wine sealer, Coravin Model Eight
Coravin Model Eight, $239 on Amazon

“Enjoy your favorite vintage without removing the cork – or disrupting the natural aging process. The precision-engineered Coravin Model Eight Wine System uses a needle, clamp and argon gas to effortlessly pierce the cork and pressurize the bottle.”

Magic.  A brilliant solution for those spendy bottles (you maybe don’t want to share) — perhaps, a bit overkill for my budget wine finds, though!


The key to wine.

best wine key or waiter corkscrew
This gift-ready corkscrew is sturdy and reliable, 12.95 on Amazon

Jeff from Urban Forage recommends waiter corkscrews, also referred to as “wine keys”, because they do everything — “you can trim a foil cap, pop a cork or take off a bottle cap.”  

With dizzying numbers of corkscrews to choose from, costing anywhere between a couple bucks and several hundred- what’s the best option?  

Having had a number of good (and bad) corkscrew experiences, this $12.95 Waiter Corkscrew does the trick – along with a beautiful rosewood handle and nice gift packaging, you’re pretty much set for gift-giving.

It also doesn’t hurt that waiter corkscrews are also “compact and cool-looking” as Jeff notes — it’s always a bonus to look like a pro when you open your wine, right? That’s only helpful if you actually LOOK pro using it, so we’ve included a handy video below from our friends at Wine Folly. And, our best recommendation is to practice, practice, practice. Guess that means you’ll be popping a few bottles this weekend!


Pro Tip: If the tip of the worm pierces the bottom of the cork, it can drop cork shreds into the bottle and ultimately, your wine.  While a few cork floaties won’t hurt you (or affect the wine), its not the most elegant way to enjoy it!


wine tee shirts and tank tops
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Tote it along.

If you need to take your wine everywhere (and we don’t see why you shouldn’t)… Jackie at Millner Heritage Winery recommends Chris’s Stuff Insulated Wine Clutches, $19.95.  


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About The Author

Lauren Voigt

Lauren launched Minnesota Uncorked™ to encourage exploration of wine. When she's not masquerading as a wine writer on the internet, Lauren earns her keep as a marketing specialist in the wine industry. Lauren can be reached at lauren@mnuncorked.com. She is certified in wine through WSET (Level III, Distinction), a Certified Wine Professional (CWP) through Saint Paul College, and a Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) through Vine Lab Wine & Spirts Academy.
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