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The wine might have been released, but your wine will stay fresh in its bottle
The Coravin Wine Access device is perfect for wine lovers who like to savor instead of splurge.
Looking to decant your serving of wine but keep the rest of the bottle fresh and uncontaminated? Willing to spend $300? You’re in luck!
Greg Lambrecht, an MIT-trained nuclear engineer and founder of Intrinsic Orthopedics Inc., has developed the Coravin Wine Access System set to hit shelves today for $300 per device, according to The Boston Globe. Lambrecht, a wine collector with about 1,500 bottles in his cellar, came up with the idea when his pregnant wife wasn’t sharing a bottle with him. Not wanting the wine to go to waste, he figured out a way to seal the bottle back up without allowing oxygen to enter.
Instead of a screw, the system built of stainless steel and aluminum has a Teflon-coated needle to pierce a wine bottle’s cork. The device also contains a small canister of compressed argon, a gas that won’t affect the flavor of wine. With the press of a button, argon is injected into the bottle, pressurizing it, and the needle spears the cork. When the bottle is tipped, the wine comes through the needle and out a nozzle. The excess pressure is released when the bottle is put down. No oxygen enters the bottle, therefore the wine can't deteriorate. When the needle is removed, the cork seals itself.
Lambrecht hopes to put a less expensive Coravin model on the market next year; each argon cartridge costs $9.95 and will provide enough gas for 15 glasses of wine.The system has been tested at restaurants in New York City and San Francisco.
Why Open Red Wine Goes Bad
Oxygen turns red wine into vinegar. Thus the key is to reduce the amount of oxygen touching the surface when storing open red wine. There are a few methods used to prolong shelf life, all based on minimizing exposure to oxygen either by replacing or removing the oxygen or reducing the surface area of the wine. With the necessary TLC, some red wines can be stored open for up to a week.
Basics After Opening
Re-cork the wine after every glass pour. Keep the open wine bottle out of light and stored under room temperature. In most cases, a refrigerator goes a long way to keeping wine for longer, even red wines. When stored at colder temperatures, the chemical processes slow down, including the process of oxidation that takes place when oxygen hits the wine. Wine stored by cork inside the fridge will stay relatively fresh for up to 3-5 days. This is a good start, but I think we can do better!
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Tools and accessories that help you expand your knowledge.
- For best results, store the wine upright to minimize the surface area exposed to oxygen.
- Prevent dramatic temperature changes that can damage your wine, such as quickly going from cold to hot.
- You can warm up a red wine bottle in lukewarm water. Be careful not to use hot water. It should only be slightly warmer than room temperature.
What to Avoid When Storing Open Red Wine
- Avoid storing on its side – it increases the surface area exposed to oxygen.
- Don’t store by a window – because of sun exposure and discoloration.
- Don’t store above 70 ºF – better to store open wines in the fridge!
If you don’t want to buy any wine preserving tools, consider rebottling the wine in a smaller container to reduce the amount of wine that touches air.
25 Must-Have Pantry Organizers Under $25 That’ll Tidy Up Any Kitchen
If you&aposve lived in one place for long enough, it&aposs likely you&aposve accumulated a lot of stuff—without carving out places to, well, place it all. The kitchen cabinets may be overflowing with unorganized spice jars, the pantry home to bulk flour and sugar that&aposs just sitting in their namesake bags, and the drawers stuffed with single-purpose tools. It&aposs time to do something about all this mess.
Whether all your pantry organizers are currently in use or you simply aren&apost yet aware of the products that&aposll rein in all that clutter, you&aposll find something useful from Amazon. It has a slew of pantry organizers that are guaranteed to tackle any kitchen chaos. Keep scrolling for 25 must-have pantry organizers that&aposll tidy up even the messiest of kitchens𠅊ll for under $25.
These storage containers, which come in four different sizes, can keep sugar, flour, cereal, pasta, coffee, tea, and spices fresher for longer. The set’s slim and stackable design will give any pantry or shelf a stylish edge. Plus, there’s an attached spoon for scooping out your stuff.
“I love these canisters!” one five-star reviewer shares. “They are sturdy, can be opened and closed one handed, close and latch easily, and the attached spoons are adorable and useful. I purchased another type of canister before this—the lids didn’t match up easily and it took both hands to latch the canisters, but these don’t have any of those irritating issues. I ordered a second set of these and threw out my other canisters.”
To buy: $20 (originally $30) amazon.com
These stackable metal baskets can be moved around and reconfigured easily thanks to the attached handles. Use them to store fresh fruit out in the open, or move them under the sink to house cleaning supplies.
“Ordered these to hold my vegetables out of sight in my pantry,” one five-star reviewer says. “They fit perfectly on my shelf and are not bulky. I have some zucchini and cucumbers in one and a small bag of potatoes and squash in the other. It gets more items off my counter so it doesn’t look so cluttered.”
To buy: $25 (originally $33) amazon.com
These white drawers are slim enough to slip in a narrow cabinet or squeeze into the corner of a pantry. You’ll gain more space no matter where you put the unit: Its two tiers are sizable enough to house spice jars and staples like mustard and peanut butter.
“Great for storing my dish towels, reusable napkins, and sponges as well as oven mitts for easy access,” one shopper shares. “Our kitchen is designed in a way that I only have two drawers for storage so I needed something with sliding drawer capability for my kitchen linens. I appreciate the sliding drawers and how you can take a good amount on them with the height space provided. Definitely thankful to have it to help keep me organized!”
To buy: $25 (originally $30) amazon.com
These plastic storage organizers, designed with built-in carry handles, are 10 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches high. The clear bins maximize space and keep pantry items in sight. Use them on countertops, pantry shelves, or even in the fridge or freezer.
“I used them for my pantry organization for bottles and bits and what a difference!” one shopper says. “I’m definitely going to buy more for my fridge—they hold more than I thought.”
To buy: $23 with coupon (originally $25) amazon.com
Easily organize long boxes in the pantry or cabinet with this popular stand. The shelves are adjustable to fit boxes of all sizes and shapes, and the unit is complete with steel wires and non-slip feet to keep it in place. Plus, it snaps together in one minute—no extraneous tools required.
“I ordered one, thinking I’d need two, but wow it holds a lot,” one five-star reviewer says. “Having the shelf to stack my paper products vertically has really saved me space in the pantry.”
Stock these durable storage baskets side by side in kitchen cabinets, the pantry, or on closet shelves to store dry goods, baking supplies, snack bags, boxed foods, and more. When they’re not in use, the bins can nest together.
“The storage baskets were as described and worked beautifully for organizing my pantry,” one shopper writes. “They also feel very sturdy, like they will last a long time.”
Don’t have room for extra bins and shelves? Repurpose the space behind a door instead with these over-the-door hanging organizers. Each set has 15 clear pockets, which can hang without any hardware needed. The pockets are big enough to store everything from spices and dry goods to condiments.
“I no longer have to rummage through a bin to find items like muffin mix, chili seasonings, and other small package items because they’re hanging in clear view right at my finger tips,” one shopper shares. “I can also see how many of the items I currently have which prevents buying more. So glad I ordered this!”
To buy: $15 (originally $20) amazon.com
Set these organizer bins in the fridge, freezer, pantry, or straight on the countertop. They can accommodate fruits, vegetables, yogurts, canned goods, and even cheese and meat. The practical size helps maximize space, and they can be stacked on top of one another to save even more space.
“These beautiful containers are a must have for anyone trying to organize any space,” one shopper says. “They are the perfect size and easy to clean. I have bought four sets!”
To buy: $21 with coupon (originally $22) amazon.com
Take advantage of all the cabinet space you’re not using with these shelving organizers. Place one rack on top of the other (or store them side by side) to stack everything from dishes to dried goods. The U-shaped legs are designed to avoid slipping, so nothing should fall and break.
“The reason I picked this shelf vs the hundred of other similar ones was for the added railing,” one five-star reviewer explains. “This makes it so items don’t fall off the edge. I am very happy with it and my under sink organization looks much cleaner.”
To buy: $25 (originally $30) amazon.com
Store up to 36 cans of various sizes with this rack. Made from heavy-gauge steel, the rack is sturdy, strong, and complete with adjustable plastic dividers to keep cans in place.
“I was looking to organize my pantry shelves in my garage and found this product to be very helpful in giving me additional space on the shelves and providing me with a neat, useful solution to a messy, often teetering problem,” a five-star reviewer shares.
To buy: $25 (originally $33) amazon.com
Don’t have any counter or shelf space for another item? No problem: Just mount this sturdy steel basket to the wall and fill it with just about anything, including vegetables, pantry items, snacks, spice bottles, cookbooks, and tools.
“Works great in my kitchen,” one shopper says. “They are made well and do the job of organizing my stuff on the wall.”
Run out of space to store your trove of pans? This heavy-duty pan rack should do the trick. It adjusts to fit everything from cast iron pans to griddles and lids and is built to hold up to five pieces total depending on their sizes. It can be stored upright or placed on its side.
“I’ve purchased several of these pan organizers in several styles/brands/materials and let me tell you this is the deal,” one shopper says. “You won’t find a sturdier one or an easier one to assemble. It fits even the biggest of pots.”
Stick these minimalist shelves in cabinets to create more space. You can extend or contract them slightly—they can get as long as 14 inches and as short as 12.5.
“Best thing I ever purchased for my kitchen cabinets!” one five-star reviewer says. “These shelves are very sturdy and they can either nest under each other a little or not at all depending on your needs. They go a long way in improving the organization of your cabinet and making things easy to get to without having to pull out half of everything in the cabinet first.”
To buy: $18 (originally $20) amazon.com
Food storage containers no longer have to exist in extreme chaos thanks to this lid organizer. It holds round and square container lids up to 9 inches long and has adjustable dividers. Plus, it’s small enough to fit in a drawer or cabinet.
“This is a great caddy for all of those maverick Tupperware lids that disappear like socks in a laundry room,” one shopper says. “I was able to fit quite a few into it. It comes with five separators to cordon off different sizes/shapes of lids and consolidate two or three previous lids bins into this one.”
Use these stackable metal shelves to store everything from plates and mugs to pans and pantry items. And when they’re not being used, simply fold them up and tuck them away.
“I just ordered two sets of these and they transformed my pantry in the blink of an eye,” one shopper says. “They are high enough to accommodate noodles and grains and durable enough to hold any assortment of vinegars and cans. I ordered two sets and plan on buying more for the rest of my kitchen.”
To buy: $16 (originally $20) amazon.com
Sling this unobtrusive organizer over the back of a door or a cabinet or mount it against a wall. The organizer has the capacity for cutting boards, baking sheets, and boxes of plastic wrap and tinfoil.
“I moved from a home with a large kitchen to a home with a very small one, so had to figure out how to be efficient with my space,” one shopper shares. “This over-the-cupboard rack holds all of my kitchen baggies, foil, and plastic wrap. I have it arranged so that the baggies come right through the rack so I don’t need to take the box out each time. Perfect solution!”
To buy: $15 (originally $20) amazon.com
These chic clear drawers can be used individually or stacked on top of one another to save space on countertops and in kitchen cabinets. Fill them with coffee pods, tea bags, snack bars, spice packets, and even sponges and dishwashing gloves.
“Love how sturdy the containers are,” one five-star reviewer says. “They look small but they are pretty deep and can fit a lot of stuff. Perfect for organizing your bathroom counter, under the sinks, in the closet, kitchen, and even laundry room. Loving the material and the clear, clean style.”
These wire shelves keep essentials in your eyeline and neatly stored. The solid metal construction is finished off with a white coating, so it should blend into most kitchen decor. Simply hook the organizer below a shelf for easy installation it can even be tucked in the fridge or freezer to maximize space there.
“I was tired of a messy cabinet and not enough shelving space. The baskets are a must for getting organized!” one shopper says. “They fold open and the back slips in so easily. I will be ordering more for all my cabinet space.”
This 12-inch lazy Susan turntable is the perfect solution for messy kitchen cabinets, fridges, under-the-sink areas, and even the bathroom. The non-skid surface guarantees that nothing will slide off, and the raised rim prevents anything from tumbling while it spins.
“This turned a mess of a cabinet into an organized cabinet,” one five-star reviewer says. “We use a lot of spices and it was always a nightmare to find the right one. Now I just spin to find what I want. It’s a nice height and allows for different size bottles to be placed on the racks.”
To buy: $12 (originally $13) amazon.com
Water bottles will no longer be strewn about in cabinets once you set up this three-shelf organizer. It’s adjustable to fit bottles of all sizes and complete with ridged bottoms that help keep everything stable.
“This organizer is amazing,” one five-star reviewer says. “I always kept our surplus of water bottles in the small cabinet above our sink. Every time I took one out, three more would fall out. I am so glad I found this. It took 20 seconds to put together and forced me to purge some bottles I’ve been hoarding for far too long.”
Keep long-box kitchen items stored in this three-tiered kitchen organizer. The small organizer is slim enough to slip under the sink and out of sight and can hold up to seven boxes at once.
“Exactly what my pantry needed,” one shopper says. “It is sturdy and doesn’t flip over and it has enough space for all of my rolls of wraps.”
Cereal will actually stay crunchy and fresh in these storage containers thanks to the four-sided locking lids that keep out air and moisture. They come with a four-piece measuring spoon set and a chalkboard label, allowing you to mark what’s in each container.
“Love these storage containers,” one five-star shopper says. “They seal well and are large enough to pour a whole box of cereal and keep things organized. We want to order more as we love them so much!”
Place all the spices and bottles hiding in high cabinets in this slide-out rack. The steel ball bearings ensure smooth sliding—even under heavy loads—and the durable tray keeps items stable. One tray is large enough to hold 10 traditional-sized spice jars.
“I have a 5-inch cabinet and I had to take out all my spices to get to the one I needed. It is the perfect height, width, and length. It was super easy to install, is heavy duty, and holds lots of bottles of spices,” one shopper writes.
To buy: $23 (originally $35) amazon.com
Dry goods will stay fresh and safe in these food storage containers with airtight lids. The set includes seven containers in four different sizes that can hold anything from beans and flour to rice and pet food.
“These are absolutely what I wanted,” one shopper says. “They bring my organization game up a few notches. It is a space-saver and makes it easier for my daughter to have access. Will definitely buy more.”
This mesh two-tiered organizer can either be mounted on the wall or placed freely on a counter. Each shelf is sturdy enough to bear 4 pounds of spices, dry goods, cleaning supplies, or other light items.
“I live in a small condo that has limited space in just about any area you can think of. I cannot tell you how happy I am with this spice rack. It’s cleared up so much space in my small cabinet and organized it nicely,” one five-star reviewer says.
Best Curated Service: SommSelect
Why We Chose It: A concierge-like service that delivers exclusive bottles.
What We Like
Rare and unique wines
What We Don’t Like
May not suit all budgets
SommSelect was founded by Master Sommelier Ian Cauble, whom you may know from the 2021 documentary "Somm," and is run by a team of highly experienced sommeliers. You really can’t get much more curated than what SommSelect offers. Every bottle is hand-selected and you’re given access to a wide range of wines you might not find anywhere else.
What really makes SommSelect stand out is its concierge service. By reaching out directly to the concierge team, you’ll be able to get personal guidance and bottle curation, no matter if you’re an everyday drinker or a collector. The company also emails a Daily Offer on bottles that it's most excited about, as well as occasion-driving collections if you're looking for added inspiration.
Bottle prices start at $20, which is quite reasonable for such curated wine. SommSelect offers free shipping on orders of six bottles or more and ships to most states with the exception of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, and Utah.
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Freshen up your bar cart with these products
This spring, don’t forget your bar cart when you let the sunshine in and liven things up. Here are seven fun discoveries that deserve a look, including a baseball-connected cocktail and the world’s first corn liqueur.
1. Celebrate team spirit with a limited-edition canned cocktail co-branded by Cutwater Spirits and the Atlanta Braves. You can sip on a zingy vodka mule — a mixture of vodka, ginger beer, a splash of bitters and a hint of lime — at home, or order a can at the ballpark. Four-packs of 12-ounce (7% alcohol by volume) cans retail at $12.99 and are available at Little Five Points Package, Mac’s Beer & Wine and Truist Park.
2. Nixta licor de elote is the world’s first corn liqueur, crafted using a 4,000-year-old cooking process (nixtamalization) to unlock the full flavors of the grain. It has savory and sweet hints of roasted corn — like sweet cornbread — and makes a great addition to a cocktail. A corny old-fashioned could be your signature drink, and the design of the bottle is a conversation starter. Find 750-milliliter bottles ($31.99) online at Astor Wine & Spirits and Blackwell’s Wine & Spirits. Nixtalicor.com.
3. Just north of Atlanta in Forsyth County, Legends Distillery opened its new tasting room in November, 2020, pouring three award-winning whiskies and vodka. Legends uses a patented purification process that removes impurities without compromising taste. Its small-batch Straight 87 bourbon (87 proof) has sweet notes of vanilla and caramel, along with toasted grain and a leathery finish. It’s a bargain at $34 per 750-milliliter bottle, and the flat-front bottle looks great on a bar cart. Find it at more than 240 locations in Georgia, including Total Wine, Toco Giant Package and Tower Beer, Wine and Spirits. Legends gin is set to release this fall.
4. Whether you want to explore a new region, sip a particular style of wine, or you just want to have a fun tasting, In Good Taste sends the experience straight to your door. A carefully packed tasting kit includes eight 187-milliliter bottles of wine. The California Wine Mixer takes your taste buds on a tour of the Golden State’s vineyards, while Wild Child has a mix of adventurous varietals. When you find a keeper, order full bottles, ranging $19-$32. Just want a summer of rosé? There’s a box of that for $65 at In Good Taste.
5. Want to keep opened bottles of wine fresh for up to two months? Repour wine savers were created by a chemist who was tired of wasting wine. The one-time-use stopper is filled with absorbent filters that remove oxygen from the space above the wine, which prevents oxidation. All you need to do is push the stopper into the bottle. It works. Four-packs of Repour are $9.99 and 10-packs sell for $17.99. Find them at Decatur Package Store and Purple Corkscrew.
6. Ardbeg’s 5-year-old expression Wee Beastie is a new permanent addition to the distiller’s core range. It’s a feisty peat bomb of a single-malt Scotch, aged in bourbon and oloroso sherry casks, and has a long saline finish, with hints of cocoa. It’s an ideal choice for a smoky cocktail. Wee Beastie is part of the Monsters of Scotch Tour of Ardbeg’s new offerings. It’s priced at $43.99 for a 750-milliliter bottle. Find it at Total Wine, Greene’s and Decatur Package Store.
- ↑ Murphy Perng. Certified Wine Consultant. Expert Interview. 19 February 2020.
- ↑ Murphy Perng. Certified Wine Consultant. Expert Interview. 15 March 2019.
- ↑ Murphy Perng. Certified Wine Consultant. Expert Interview. 19 February 2020.
New 'Wine Access System' Helps Conserve Opened Bottles - Recipes
The following three recipes are taken from The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digbie Kt. Opened. Please note that all three of these are non-grape wines made from other fruits. Note, also, that two of them call for the addition of sugar. The use of sugar in cooking and winemaking had been in practice for 300 years or more by the writing The Closet. as evidenced by the mention of both 'powdered sugar' and 'crystallized sugar' in a cookbook written in 1392, mentioned by Leechdom, and the following quote written in a letter only one century later in the Paston Letters, '. send me an other sugar loff, for my old one is do.' 56
The following is a selection on the making of hippocras (a spiced and sweetened wine, often served steaming hot). 57
A list of herbs and spices used in the making of Metheglin can be found in the following excerpt from 'A Receipt to make a Tun of Metheglyn' in The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digbie Kt. Opened, Whereby is Discovered Several ways of making of Metheglin, Sider, Cherry Wine, &c: 58
The following recipe is also taken from The Closet of Sir Kenelme Digbie. on page 5:
Make Your Wine Last Longer with This Top-Rated Wine Saver
Maybe you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to drink a little less? Or you just like to have a single glass of wine after a long day at the office and you’ve been finding yourself with an almost-full bottle of wine on a Monday night?
While uncorked wine can last a few days, oxidization starts to set in and eventually makes it undrinkable. That’s why we love this Vacu Vin Wine Saver, which happens to be on sale now.
The set comes with two vacuum stoppers (so you can have a bottle of red and a bottle of white opened at the same time), and a manual pump, which removes air from a bottle of wine. Using this system, you can keep an open bottle of wine fresh for a little more than a week. Seriously. It’s a best seller on Amazon, and has great reviews from both Kitchn staffers and wine aficionados the world over.
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Best Electric: Secura Stainless Steel Electric Wine Opener
Transparent corkscrew mechanism
Foil cutter can be knocked off easily
“If you have limited mobility in your arm/hand, I would definitely recommend an electric opener,” says Chew. These can be pricier than manual models, Chew adds, but according to her, once you learn how to use it, it’s an incredibly easy tool to use. “These typically have a rechargeable battery, and they do all the work for you. You don't have to worry about angling the cork, or your arm strength,” she continues.
The Secura Stainless Steel Electric Wine Opener features a sleek stainless steel design, durable mechanism, rechargeable battery (it can open around 30 bottles on one charge), and an internal light to help you see what you’re doing. This comes as a set with some helpful accessories to help you step up your wine drinking game. In addition to the device and its aesthetically pleasing and compact charging base, Secura’s top-rated set features a foil cutter, which Trotta considers essential. “It’s [very] handy to have a sharp circular foil cutter to get that perfect cut on the capsule,” she says.
To use this set, remove the foil with the cutter, then place the opener on the bottleneck, making sure that the worm is centered on the cork (the tool generally keeps things pretty centered, but it’s always good to double-check through the transparent window). From there, just push the down button and your cork will be removed in approximately 6 seconds.
Dimensions: 12 x 2.7 x 7.5 inches | Weight: 1.2 pounds | Material: Stainless steel
"An innovative feature is the transparent shell of the corkscrew mechanism, which eliminates any guesswork and allows you to easily line up the opener with the cork." — Sage McHugh, Product Tester