Updated: May 19, 2020
If you enjoy wine, serve wine, entertain with wine, then these 9 tools are a must. I’ve used all different kinds of wine tools and sometimes you just have to find what works for you. These wine tools are the ones I love and use ALL the time!
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1) Rabbit Wine Opener
There are all kinds of wine openers out there. The one I like the absolute best is the Rabbit Wine Opener. It’s a heavy-duty opener, but it’s fantastic. Super easy to use and if you are opening several bottles for a gathering or tasting it’s really easy to get the bottles opened quickly. Find out more in this post: Tips and Tools for Opening Wine.
This Rabbit Corkscrew Kit includes quite a few helpful tools, like a foil cutter, wine pourer/stopper, champagne/wine stopper, wax wacker (for wax-dipped bottles). All-in-all a great value for about $50 from Sur la Table.
2) Riedel Stemless Wine Glasses
I love our stemless Riedel wine glasses. Don’t get me wrong. Stemmed wine glasses are the ultimate, but we have broken so many of them that we’ve resorted to the stemless and they work perfectly. We even have Riedel stemless champagne flutes that have an engraved circle in the bottom center of the glass so that the bubbles stream up from that point.
We have 2 types of white wine glass shapes. One type for light-bodied wine like Sauvignon Blanc. Another shape for full-bodied wine like Chardonnay.
We also have 2 types of red wine glass shapes. One shape for full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon. A second shape for light-bodied reds like Pinot Noir.
These stemless glasses in the different shapes are fantastic and they are designed to bring out the best in each type of wine, but they aren’t totally necessary.
Here are 2 other options you can take for your wine glasses.
Just getting started with wine, then a universal shaped wine glass that works with both reds and whites is all you need.
Enjoy both red and white wine, but don’t have the room or just don’t want the fuss of so many types of wine glasses, then at minimum I would invest in a universal white wine glass and a universal sized red wine glass.
Find out more in this post: How to Choose the Right Wine Glass.
Decanters are so important when opening a full-bodied, tannic red like a Cab. It makes a nice presentation at dinner too. There are so many artistic style decanters that are conversation starters, but we prefer our simple design that is super easy to use and clean up. We also have a totally inexpensive stand where we place the decanter to dry and we leave it there for storage.
I think that’s definitely the key to using a decanter. If it’s easy to use, clean up, and store, then you will actually use it otherwise it will just end up gathering dust. Find out more this post: How to Decant Wine.
4) Wine Chiller
A wine chiller is a must. We have a few of them. Our favorite is a stainless steel chiller because it stays chilled longer than other materials. We keep it in our freezer, then when we are ready to pull our wine, our chiller is ready to go. And the stainless steel gives an extra touch of class while being completely functional.
5) Wine Glass Writers
Wine charms really add a lot of personality and fun to the experience. We have several sets for stemmed glasses, but I have to say the way they slide around is a bit annoying. Instead, we use wine glass writers. They are colorful markers that you can use to write or draw on the side of your wine glass. It washes right off so easily. Again, super easy to use and doesn’t get in the way.
I even find it helpful to use these markers when just my husband and I are enjoying wine, because he is always losing his glass and ending up with mine! Hands off bub!
6) Wine Pourer Spout
We have several different wine pourers. These are the spouts that you use to keep the wine from dripping and running down the bottle. If you know what you are doing, you can pour the wine with a little twist of the wrist at the end which keeps the wine from dripping or running down the side. Or you can make it easy on yourself and use one of these wine pouring spouts.
Some of them are a combination pouring spout and aerator. These are a great easy way to get it all done at once. And if you don’t plan to finish the bottle, then the remaining wine will keep a bit better since the entire thing hasn’t been aerated.
7) Wine Aerator
This leads us to our next item. There are so many aerators now, but my favorite is still the Venturi. It’s extremely easy to use and clean up. For extra quick decanting, we’ve even set the Venturi on top of our decanter and poured the wine through that way.
It’s pretty cool to see the difference between wine that is just poured straight into a glass versus wine that has been aerated by the Venturi. There is definitely a difference.
8) Vacuum Wine Stoppers
These wine stoppers are fantastic. When you aren’t going to finish a bottle and you need to keep the oxygen out for another day or two, the vacuum wine stoppers are the perfect way to store opened wine. And they are really inexpensive. All you need is a stopper and the hand vacuum pump. Just pump out the oxygen and put your wine bottle in the fridge until the next evening. It really does a great job of keeping wine fresh.
Another product I can’t live without is the Savino. This contraption is genius. It comes in glass or plastic and you just pour your wine into the Savino. Then the genius is in the float that literally floats on top of the wine and seals out any oxygen. The Savino also has a lid that is screwed on. All you need to do is unscrew the lid and pour the wine from the Savino. The float allows the wine to pour out of the Savino when it’s held at an angle. It seals off the oxygen when it’s upright. The container is very easy to hold and use. Love this option for storing wine and it keeps wine fresh for up to a week!
9 Best Wine Tools Wrap Up
There are so many wine tools and gadgets out there that I could keep going, but these are the absolute best tools to have on hand. All the rest of the tools out there are just a bonus. Hopefully, you’ve found a few that will make your wine prepping, pouring, serving, and storing a little bit easier!