A Reason To Wine: Category Roundup | wine accessories
The Wine Twister from Patent Design
By Allison Zisko
Wine remains a popular alcoholic beverage in the United States, and housewares companies are keeping apace with new and innovative wine accessories. Some of the newest introductions address ways to easily aerate wine or keep it at the ideal temperature while on the table."Aeration is a hot category, has been for about two years," said Martin Kehoe, vice president at Product Specialties. "Wine chilling is less visible but always a strong category."
Wine needs to breathe and traditionally the best way to allow this is to decant it. Aerators, however, can speed this process, and several new ones were recently introduced to the market. Wine also tastes best at optimal temperatures--roughly between 49 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit for white wines and around 60 degrees Fahrenheit for reds. Recent introductions offer convenient and ingenious ways to quickly and easily bring wine to its ideal temperature and keep it that way throughout a meal.
Menu, the Scandinavian wine accessories company, offers the Wine Breather, a decanter that clicks into place atop a wine bottle and after being inverted, aerates the wine as it transfers from the bottle into the carafe. This summer the company, which is distributed in the United States by Creative Danes, launched the Cool Breather, a bottle-shaped carafe that aerates and chills wine at the same time, using a cooling stick. creativedanes.com
The Wine Twister from Patent Design optimizes the mixing of liquid and air through specially shaped and elongated slots in its neck. In addition to oxygenating the wine, the Wine Twister prevents dripping, controls flow and doubles as a vacuum-sealed wine stopper. The brand is distributed in the United States by ScanTrends. scantrendsusa.com
The Ravi decanter has a modular design that allows you to properly aerate wine and serve it at the optimum temperature at the same time. The neck of the decanter can be unscrewed and replaced with the company's Wine Refresher, which, after a brief stay in the freezer, cools the wine as the liquid circulates through its neck. The modular design also makes the decanter easier to clean. ravisolution.com
Franmara has produced a wide range of wine accessories for the foodservice and retail sectors since its creation in 1970. Aerators and cooling gadgets are among this Salinas, Calif.-based company's assortment. Franmara's Ice Bag, shown here, and Vino Chill Bottle Bag are the types of products that are extremely popular in France, according to Frank Chiorazzi, president and CEO. The Ice Bag folds like a gift bag, but fill it with ice and it cools wine very quickly and becomes a portable wine bucket. The Vino Chill has a gel insert that performs in a similar fashion. franmara.com
The Ice Bottle Chiller from Product Specialties has been a best seller for years; it is now available with a stainless steel collar. After filling the clear plastic ring mold with water, you can add flowers, fruits or other items to make a unique ice bucket for the table. The company, which recently began developing products under its own Final Touch brand (it started out as an original equipment manufacturer), recently introduced the Ice Ball, a two-inch diameter spherical ice cube maker that produces a large ball of ice that melts more slowly. productspec.com
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