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Put the ‘Fun’ in Functional: Items for Holiday and Beyond

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 at 12:49:22 PM
by Danna S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Why should kids get all the fun of opening toys? Adults like gadgets, too. At least we can justify them by their function and practicality.

So from stocking stuffer prices to more expensive items to give your loved ones or yourself, here is a wish list for the wine and spirits enthusiast.

CorkcicleCorkscicle Wine Chiller
This icicle shaped chiller attached to a cork (hence the name Corkcicle) is an easy way to chill wine without having to tote an ice bucket. Simply open your pre-chilled wine bottle, pour out just a sip’s worth to avoid overflow, and insert the pre-frozen Corkcicle into the bottle.

Vinturi Spirit Aerator
From single malt whiskies to blends, an aerator opens up the taste. The Vinturi aerator has a built-in jigger with volume markers and push-button flow control lets you measure and aerate at the same time. No more wondering what amount equals a shot or a “finger.” This model includes a no-drip stand. Try the aerator with other spirits and liqueurs such as tequila, Cognac, Port, Bourbon, vodka,
gin, rum, brandy, and sake.

iSi Twist ‘n Sparkle Carbonated Beverage Maker

This has a wow factor and it gives you another option to serve non-alcoholic drinks to family and guests. It is mechanical, not electric so no plugs or batteries.
Pour a chilled beverage into the bottle, insert an iSi® soda charger, and twist. It eliminates boring sodas and wasting plastic from store-bought bottles. It works with fruit juices and iced teas; cocktails and wine coolers. It can even make fizzy desserts such as ice cream or sorbet floats. The starter kit includes: a bottle, carbonation wand, 3 C02 cartridges, and a recipe booklet. Bottles and cartridges are BPA-free and phthalate-free plastic, and stainless steel, respectively. Extra cartridges and bottles can be purchased separately.

skybar™ Wine System

The skybar™ Wine System chills, pours and preserves wine. The unit chills wine to its ideal serving temperature, while patented vacuum technology naturally preserves your favorite wines for up to 10 days. It has preset temperatures for 9 wine types/varietals, or you can use the manual controls.

The skybar™ Wine System’s three-bottle unit has digital temperature readings for each chamber.

A sleek spout smoothly pours directly into your glass without disturbing the natural sediment in the wine bottle. The chambers keep bottles free of any foreign substances, which can alter flavor and aroma. No expensive replacement cartridges are needed.

Any of these gadgets make fun gifts that any wine lover would be proud to own!

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