Wine Gadgets – Serious About Wine http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za Mike Carter's Blog for Wine Packaging, Design & Marketing Insights Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:16:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Hello Winelovers! http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/2011/12/hello-winelovers/ Sun, 18 Dec 2011 15:48:48 +0000 http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/?p=5608 [H]ello Winelovers! This box contains 4 glasses for red wine (white wine/champagne). The shape is unique and makes the wine feel bigger. The man on the front of the package is a famous Swedish wine connoisseur called Bengt Frithiofsson. He is known for his passionate and personal attitude towards wine and he often starts his […]

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[H]ello Winelovers! This box contains 4 glasses for red wine (white wine/champagne). The shape is unique and makes the wine feel bigger.

The man on the front of the package is a famous Swedish wine connoisseur called Bengt Frithiofsson. He is known for his passionate and personal attitude towards wine and he often starts his TV shows by saying “Hello Winelovers”. The glasses is a collaboration between him, an industrial designer and a Swedish glass company; SEA glasbruk. The solution was to make the famous Bengt Frithiofsson the “cover-boy” of the package and to let him tell the interesting story of the unique design of the glasses, both on the front and on the backside. The rough brown box with its rope handle is inspired by cases for wine bottles.

Designed by Sturm & Drang | Source :: Lovely Package

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‘A Date With Wine’ Stopper Eliminates Guessing http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/2010/09/a-date-with-wine-stopper-eliminates-guessing/ Mon, 20 Sep 2010 23:15:48 +0000 http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/?p=4504 No more wondering how long that opened bottle of wine has been sitting around and if it's still drinkable, not if you can get your hands on one of these "A Date with Wine" wine stoppers from designer George Lee. Drawing from modern and industrial influences the stopper features clean, contemporary lines and is made […]

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No more wondering how long that opened bottle of wine has been sitting around and if it's still drinkable, not if you can get your hands on one of these "A Date with Wine" wine stoppers from designer George Lee.

Drawing from modern and industrial influences the stopper features clean, contemporary lines and is made of food grade stainless steel and silicone. The "date" part comes in the form of twistable rings on the stopper's top that can be set to reflect the exact month and day the wine was opened. Clean, easy, and sophisticated, no more sniffing or sipping and wondering if a bottle has gone over or not.

By Rigel Celeste | Source :: www.luxist.com

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Skybar http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/2010/07/skybar/ Wed, 07 Jul 2010 23:05:18 +0000 http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/?p=4114 The Skybar One is a smaller version of the original Skybar Wine Preservation & Optimization System. The original holds three bottles and now, for those looking for something smaller and with a less industrial appearance, the Skybar One is available to serve and display a single bottle at a time. The high-tech system is designed […]

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Skybar

The Skybar One is a smaller version of the original Skybar Wine Preservation & Optimization System. The original holds three bottles and now, for those looking for something smaller and with a less industrial appearance, the Skybar One is available to serve and display a single bottle at a time.

The high-tech system is designed to do four things, all at the press of a button: chill the wine to the optimal temperature (there are pre-programmed settings for 15 different varietals), dispense the wine (no need to remove the bottle or mess with recorking), preserve the wine for up to 10 days via vacuum technology, and display the wine attractively in the sleekly designed case that features LED lighting for ambiance.

Impress your guests and feel like one yourself thanks to no serving or cleanup required.

By Rigel Celeste | Source :: www.luxist.com

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Chapeau de Vin Gold and Platinum Wine Closures http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/2010/07/chapeau-de-vin-gold-and-platinum-wine-closures/ Sun, 04 Jul 2010 23:15:16 +0000 http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/?p=4106 Cullman has come up with a gorgeous and very luxe way to keep your wine fresh and protected: Chapeau de Vin wine closures made of gold, platinum, and diamonds. Each of the three designs is dome shaped (a little ‘hat’ for your wine) and has a decorative set of perforations that act as a ventilation […]

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Chapeau de Vin Gold Wine Closures

Cullman has come up with a gorgeous and very luxe way to keep your wine fresh and protected: Chapeau de Vin wine closures made of gold, platinum, and diamonds. Each of the three designs is dome shaped (a little ‘hat’ for your wine) and has a decorative set of perforations that act as a ventilation system and protection against bugs when out picnicking.

Created by Eckhart Cullman these wine closures are functional works of art marketed to true gourmets and those who appreciate the extraordinary. Available in yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum each has a diamond perched on top.

By Rigel Celeste | Source :: www.luxist.com

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How to Use a Wine Key Like a Pro http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/2010/06/how-to-use-a-wine-key-like-a-pro/ Fri, 11 Jun 2010 11:20:05 +0000 http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/?p=3988 Also called ‘waiter’s friends,’ wine keys can be tricky to use successfully if you’re not familiar with how they work. Here’s a quick ‘how to’ guide to using them like a pro. Step 1: Open the blade and use it to cut and remove the foil, letting the ridge of the bottle guide the blade […]

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How to Use a Wine Key Like a Pro

Also called ‘waiter’s friends,’ wine keys can be tricky to use successfully if you’re not familiar with how they work. Here’s a quick ‘how to’ guide to using them like a pro.

Step 1: Open the blade and use it to cut and remove the foil, letting the ridge of the bottle guide the blade and keep it from slipping.

Step 2: Fold back the blade and open the screw. Hold the wine bottle by the neck with one hand and use the other to center the point of the screw on the cork and turn it firmly several times until the worm (spiral) is solidly anchored. Then continue turning the screw, without pressing down, until it’s embedded halfway into the cork.

Step 3: Unfold the lever and anchor it on the lip of the bottle. Use it to help you pull up until the cork is half exposed.

Step 4: Turn the screw again (still being careful not to apply downward pressure) until the worm is all the way through the cork.

Step 5: Pull up until the cork is free.

Broken cork: If the cork breaks and you’re left with part of it stuck in the neck of the bottle you have two options: Try gently repeating steps 2, 4, and 5 and see if you can remove it, or if that fails push the cork through the other way into the wine (being careful so it doesn’t splash). It won’t affect the flavor and the wine is still drinkable, although there may be sediment and bits of cork.

By Rigel Celeste | Source :: www.luxist.com

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Wine Trivia For Football Fans http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/2010/05/wine-trivia-for-football-fans/ Sun, 30 May 2010 11:34:45 +0000 http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/?p=3897 Here’s a tidbit for wine lovers to share at a Superbowl party. Just for kicks. Have you ever noticed the concave indentation on the bottom of some wine and champagne bottles. The one a savvy waiter puts her thumb in when gracefully pouring a glass of your chosen libation. It’s called the punt. But it […]

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Wine Trivia For Football Fans

Here’s a tidbit for wine lovers to share at a Superbowl party. Just for kicks.

Have you ever noticed the concave indentation on the bottom of some wine and champagne bottles. The one a savvy waiter puts her thumb in when gracefully pouring a glass of your chosen libation. It’s called the punt. But it has nothing to do with a fourth and long yardage play. There is no consensus explanation for its purpose. The more commonly cited explanations include:

* It is a historical remnant from the era when wine bottles were free blown using a blowpipe and pontil. This technique leaves a punt mark on the base of the bottle; by indenting the point where the pontil is attached, this scar would not scratch the table or make the bottle unstable.
* It had the function of making the bottle less likely to topple over—a bottle designed with a flat bottom only needs a small imperfection to make it unstable—the dimple historically allowed for a larger margin of error.
* It consolidates sediment deposits in a thick ring at the bottom of the bottle, preventing much/most of it from being poured into the glass;
* It increases the strength of the bottle, allowing it to hold the high pressure of sparkling wine/champagne.
* It accommodates the pourer’s thumb for stability and ease of pouring.
* An indication of wine quality (the deeper the punt, the better the wine).

Source :: Public Image Design

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Antique Wine Company’s New iPhone App http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/2010/04/antique-wine-companys-new-iphone-app/ Tue, 20 Apr 2010 23:06:20 +0000 http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/?p=3563 The Antique Wine Company has launched a new free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that has something for wine lovers at all levels. Among its many features is a series of 80+ podcasts covering everything you could ever want to know from the principles of wine tasting and understanding wine jargon to food […]

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Antique Wine Company

The Antique Wine Company has launched a new free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that has something for wine lovers at all levels. Among its many features is a series of 80+ podcasts covering everything you could ever want to know from the principles of wine tasting and understanding wine jargon to food and wine pairings, building a fine wine cellar, and even tips on wine investment. Each podcast is only about 2 1/2 minutes long, so you can easily find time to listen, and new ones will be added regularly.

The app also offers the ability to browse through more than 2,000 of the world’s finest and rarest wines, sorting them by price, region, or vintage with links to the Antique Wine Company website to make inquiring and purchasing wine easy and convenient.

Source :: www.luxist.com

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Make a Bath Mat Out of Wine Corks http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/2010/04/make-a-bath-mat-out-of-wine-corks/ Sat, 17 Apr 2010 23:06:58 +0000 http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/?p=3578 If you’re quickly tasting your way through your wine collection, you might as well use all those corks for something. Craft blog Craftynest has a guide for creating an attractive, foot-friendly bath mat by hot gluing them to some shelf liner. All you need for this project is a hot glue gun, some non-adhesive shelf […]

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Make a Bath Mat Out of Wine Corks

If you’re quickly tasting your way through your wine collection, you might as well use all those corks for something. Craft blog Craftynest has a guide for creating an attractive, foot-friendly bath mat by hot gluing them to some shelf liner.

All you need for this project is a hot glue gun, some non-adhesive shelf liner, and a lot of wine corks. You’ll probably want a cutting board to work with, too, as you’ll be doing a lot of cutting. To make the corks stay down easier (and so you only need half as many), you’ll need to cut each one in half first before hot gluing them down onto the shelf liner. Other than the time it may take to do so (and the necessary precision if you want it to look nice), the project is pretty simple.

Craftynest’s instructions say that you need a rotary cutter and some fancy cutting mats, but this isn’t completely necessary—as long as you find some way to cut the shelf liner (or any other no-slip material you decide to use for the base), you shouldn’t need anything too heavy-duty. In fact, the hardest part of the whole thing is probably going to be drinking all that wine (and remembering to keep the corks). Hit the link for the full instructions.

Source :: Lifehacker

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Wine Rack 3.0 http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/2010/04/wine-rack-30/ Mon, 12 Apr 2010 23:14:41 +0000 http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/?p=3531 Wine Rack 3.0 is inspired by the shape of wooden wine barrels and offers an elegant & simple solution to showcase wine bottles. Hector Uvence is an Industrial Designer based in Vancouver.

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Wine Rack 3.0 is inspired by the shape of wooden wine barrels and offers an elegant & simple solution to showcase wine bottles.

Hector Uvence is an Industrial Designer based in Vancouver.

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Aznoms Wine Chiller http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/2010/04/aznoms-wine-chiller/ Sat, 10 Apr 2010 23:15:53 +0000 http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/?p=3489 Having last minute guests and being without a properly chilled bottle of wine or champagne can be frustrating, but with Aznom’s new Chiller you can be ready on nearly a moment’s notice. The Chiller can chill up to two bottles of wine, liquor (or whatever else) at a time and will take them from room […]

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Aznom Wine Chiller

Having last minute guests and being without a properly chilled bottle of wine or champagne can be frustrating, but with Aznom’s new Chiller you can be ready on nearly a moment’s notice.

The Chiller can chill up to two bottles of wine, liquor (or whatever else) at a time and will take them from room temperature to the preferred chilled temp in as little as 6-7 minutes.

Plus it comes in a compact and stylish design that’s customizable by color and material (high gloss, leather, carbon fiber) and can easily double as an end table when not in use.

Source :: www.luxist.com

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