For wine lovers, the experience of enjoying a glass of wine goes far beyond just choosing the best bottle or pairing the perfect Merlot with an authentic Mediterranean lamb burger. True wine lovers are always on the lookout for ways to take their wine obsession the extra mile. From wine tasting vacations that take you to some of the most hidden vineyards across the world, to experimenting with home-brewed fruit wines picked from the trees growing in your backyard, there are infinite ways for wine lovers to indulge their hobby which borders on obsession.
Finding the best wine accessories is another way to pamper your fascination with the world of fermented grape juice. Below, we offer five ideas for the absolute best wine accessories that are a necessity for wine lovers across the country.
Unique Wine Prints
While you might want to save space on your refrigerator door for pictures of your children, grandchildren, and other family members, the walls of the home of a wine lover should certainly boast at least a few unique wine prints, posters, and fermentation-related artwork. The great thing about wine prints is that you can choose from a wide variety of themes for your walls. Serious and educational posters such as a print that educates your guests about the properties of the different colours of wine or a poster that identifies the best wine producing regions in the world will add a touch of refinement to your kitchen walls. On the other hand, there are also dozens of light-hearted wine prints that will let your character shine through. A few favourites include:
“Wine is the answer…now, what was the question?”
“Wine: Because it's not good to keep things bottled up.”
“Men are like fine wine: They all start out like grapes, and it is our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something good.”
For artsy people, you can experiment making your own wine prints, and if the walls of your home are already filled with other decoration, there are several t-shirts that will also allow you to tell the world of your fascination with the world of wine.
Vintage Wine Carriers
There is nothing better than enjoying a leisurely picnic on a fall day, except of course enjoying a picnic on a leisurely summer afternoon with a couple of bottles of wine. While you could choose to pack along a bottle or three of your favourite wines in the cooler along with the sandwiches and apples, real wine lovers would never degrade their favourite beverage by actually placing it in a Coleman cooler.
A vintage wine carrier, such as this one made from zinc or these unique leather wine bags will allow you to carry one or several bottles of wine with you wherever you go. Of course, these carriers are also multifunctional and can be used for carrying pretty much every other type of alcoholic beverage. While you enjoy your bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, your spouse might prefer a bottle of Wilson Creek almond champagne or Don Julio tequila. Vintage wine carriers are also a great way to present a gift of your favourite bottle of wine to a special loved one if wrapping paper just won't do.
Mulled Wine Set
All true wine lovers should have a mulled wine set sitting on their kitchen countertop especially at Christmas to enjoy a warmed cup of spiced wine when the temperatures are hovering around zero degrees. Mulled wines are an important part of the culinary traditions of several different countries, and if it is your turn to host Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, a complete mulled wine set is a great way to accompany the Pennsylvania Dutch eggnog. The smell alone of warm, spiced wine will heat your home and enliven your senses.
When purchasing a mulled wine sets we recommend that you find one that comes with a specific type of warmer that will allow you to keep your mulled wine at just the right temperature, you will be grateful on those frigid winter days.
Rustic Wine Rack
The centrepiece of every wine lover´s kitchen should obviously be a beautiful, artistic, creative, and vintage wine rack. Without a quality wine rack, you might end up having to store your collection of wine bottle next to the garage door where guests won't be able to appreciate (or envy) your privileged wine collection. A quality wine rack, on the other hand, allows you to proudly display your collection. In some cases, a wine rack is also a way for you to tell the story of past vacations as you can keep one or several bottles of wines collected from across the world (until temptation leads to the corkscrew, that is).
Wine racks come in all different shapes and sizes, from wall mounted wooden racks to stand alone cast iron wine racks that are truly inspiring works of art. Wall mounted racks that include a space to hang your wine glasses are usually small enough to not take up much space in your kitchen while adding a touch of elegance to any kitchen.
Wine Stopper Collection
Lastly, every wine lover also needs to have a wide and varied collection of wine stoppers. After a night of sharing with friends and family, there are inevitably a couple of bottles of wine that don't get finished. A quality wine stopper will allow you to keep the wine fresh until the next warranted occasion. From faucet handle wine stoppers to artistic ceramic sculptures to football helmet wine stoppers that are a necessity for a game day, there is no limit to the creativity that comes with the different wine stoppers available. You should definitely dedicate an entire kitchen cabinet to your growing wine stopper collection and even find a way to show them off on your wine rack.