I just love wine gadget catalogs! They are always filled with nifty toys, furniture, and storage systems that I'm probably not going to buy because, well, I have plenty of corkscrews--wait that's not possible--no basement, and very little storage space. But, oh my, aren’t those vintage oak hanging racks and EuroCaves pretty? It’s like porn for gadget fiends and wine geeks.


Honestly I’d love to build a cellar or sport some oak barrel tables. The instant wine chiller sounds like an awesome time saver. No need to wait for a bottle to cool off in the fridge or the freezer. But, the Clef Du Vin is a bit dubious if you ask me. Yeah, stick a piece of metal in a glass and the wine tastes 10 years old.

But what about those unfinished bottles? All our problems are solved! Is it a vacuum pump? Is it a wine cooler? Nope, it’s both. It's the EuroCave SoWine Bar. I’m not sure how long this puppy has been around, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it. Apparently you can keep to bottles in separate temperature-controlled compartments for up to ten days. But the catch is it costs 400 bucks! For two bottles? For my money I’d rather go with Private Reserve inert gas or the Vacu Vin and pop the bottle in a 30-bottle wine refrigerator that costs about the same amount. Those vacuum stoppers last about 10 years, shorter if you have cats who love to make toys out of anything that rolls. Here’s the best bit. The picture shows a bottle of Gallo Sonoma inside SoWine. Would the average Gallo drinker pay $400 to store two bottles? And besides, who keeps an opened bottle for 10 days?! Well, besides port and sherry perhaps.

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