Metrokane Wine Pourer with Stopper, Black

May 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Metrokane Wine Pourer with Stopper, Black Review. Black Bottle Pourer with Stopper – ABS Plastic and Rubber

 “Great product!” 2008-06-27
By Mcmorty (Oklahoma, USA)

Wow, who would think something as insignificant as a wine stopper could make me smile. I ordered this only because I was looking for something to purchase to get one of those 4-for-3 specials on Amazon. When we have our occasional bottle of wine, we never finish in one night and it’s always been a challenge to get the cork out the second or third night. This crazy little thing works perfectly. The stopper goes in the bottle VERY easily and then you just pull the little black thing out of the stopper and pour. We store the wine on its side and it never leaks. It is so cool looking that it would make a wonderful gift. I HIGHLY recommend it!

 “Must Have For Wine Drinkers” 2008-04-07
By J. Barr (Los Angeles, CA USA)

Great product, pours smoothly, no drips, seals bottle, and looks nice. I bought for myself, then bought several more as they make great gifts. I highly recommend.

 “Pours good” 2008-06-02
By Kevin A. Smith (S Florida, USA)

Actually works really well. I had one on a bottle of white wine in sitting in ice. The ice melted and the bottle fell over, but not a drop of water got into the bottle. It even sat that way overnight. One caveat! The bottle went from cool (enough) to very cold, so some vacuum probably formed in the bottle. That may have helped some with the seal, but seal it did. As a pour spout it works fine, minimal dripage. No noticeable change in the taste of the wine. It also looks fairly cool, and it has received comments. I import Italian wine and have used it when out with my samples.

 “Wine Stopper” 2007-11-26
By Grandma

Can’t say enough good for this one. Makes a great gift to go along with a bottle of wine. The best stopper / pourer I have ever purchased.

 “Elegant, easy and a great combo with wine preserver spray” 2009-01-24
By Bearwife (Seattle, WA USA)

I’ve tried a few wine bottle stoppers to pair with my wine preserver spray, and this one is the best. The “cork”/pourer fits virtually any wine bottle neck, and pours very nicely, and the little stopper gives a truly airtight seal. The whole thing looks rather nice too. Very nicely designed, very easy to use. Buy this if you use a wine preserver spray. (And to my way of thinking only the wine preserver spray actually preserves the qualities of good wine, at least over the four days or so it takes to drink one at a glass a day rate.)

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Screwpull Patented 4 Wheel Foil Cutter – Black

May 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Screwpull Patented 4 Wheel Foil Cutter – Black Review. Screwpull Patented 4 Wheel Foilcutter – Black

 “Works great!” 2007-11-03
By telco (Durham, NC)

I actually bought this one while I was in Paris. Somewhat skeptical but bought it anyway. Works like a charm! If you’ve ever been annoyed by the foil on top of the wine bottle, then get this one. You won’t regret it.

 “The first (?) and best” 2007-11-10
By Michigan Maven

I guess there’s not a whole lot one can write about a foil cutter, but I did want to say that of the several I’ve used over the years, this is the best. It’s lightweight, comfortable to use, cuts foil with great ease, and well designed. (The last foil cutter I used would pinch my finger occasionally.) It’s more expensive than it ought to be, but I do expect it to last a long, long time.

 “Just squeeze and twist!” 2008-01-20
By Craig Clontz (Metaluna)

This foil cutter works very well. Just place over the top of the bottle, squeeze to press the four wheels against the foil and bottle, and twist 45 degrees. This sure beats my old method – using a serrated steak knife and hoping I didn’t slip and cut my thumb!

 “Excellent Replacement” 2009-11-03
By C. Rohlsen (Briarwood, NY)

I bought this cutter to replace one that finally broke after 15 years of service. The original one came with a wooden box enclosed wine opening set. It is an excellent replacement. It does the job of foil cutting with ease.

 “Best little foil cutter ever” 2009-11-16
By James J. McGillan (Pinehurst, NC)

This best little foil cutter really works and it doesn’t fall apart after two weeks use like many of the others I’ve tried. You also can’t beat the price–for something that works! It’s what you would expect from Screwpull–the best in their business.

Jim

Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover 12 oz

May 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover 12 oz Review. Wine Away is an all natural, bleach free wine stains remover that is non toxic and safe for kids and pets, it is made from fruit and vegetable extracts and comes in a variety of forms. 12 oz spray.

 “great product” 2009-02-01
By Grandmother reader (California)

Strong citrus smell but gets wine and black coffee stains right out. Couldn’t do without it.

 “Removes stains — really works” 2008-09-06
By Lori (Minnesota, United States)

Spilling red wine can be a pain but this stuff really works even on white shirts! The trick is to spray it as soon as you can and it turns the stain to purple, then it washes out.

 “buy the large bottle” 2009-10-23
By M. Reynolds (SF, CA)

Nothing gets red wine out better…..even the next day or a couple of days later. So keep the large bottle next to the washing machine and store a back up bottle in the glovebox!

 “This stuff is AMAZING!” 2010-04-09
By Robin (Akron, OH USA)

I’ve used this product for years. It works great on clothing. I’ve even used it on larger spills on the carpet and been pleasantly surprised at the results.

 “Amazing and a lifesaver!” 2010-01-09
By Silverheart (Washington USA)

A MUST for any household where red wine is enjoyed.

I spilled an entire glass on a pale gray carpet. Immediate application of Wine Away and lots of rubbing removed ALL traces.

Keep a bottle in a living room drawer – the sooner you attack the spill, the better.

I don’t find the smell bothersome – very orangey.

Vacu Vin 3-Piece Wine Saver Pump and Stopper Gift Pack, White

May 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Vacu Vin 3-Piece Wine Saver Pump and Stopper Gift Pack, White Review. Vacu-Vin wine saver system. The only thing sadder than pouring spoiled wine down the drain is not opening it at all because you can’t finish the bottle at one meal. The one and only, original Vacu-Vin, used in more than 10 million homes worldwide, is the easiest, most affordable way to preserve opened wines. The Vacu-Vin pump removes the air (and the oxygen that spoils wine) from opened bottles. Place it over the reusable stopper and pump out the air. The more stoppers you have, the more bottles you can save! One-year warranty. Includes one pump and two stoppers. Gift boxed. Fits any size or type wine bottle. Additonal stoppers available here

 “Enjoy the same bottle today and tomorrow.” 2000-05-30
By wcc2 (Washington DC)

Without the VacuVin a bottle of wine presentings a daunting undertaking – are we ready to drink 4-5 glass of wine right now? The VacuVin eliminates this problem by allowing you to remove the air from the bottle after you have opened it, which slows the oxidation which turns the wine sour.

You stick the rubber stopper snuggly into the bottle top, place the VacuVin on top and pump its handle 4-8 times (depending on how empty the bottle is). With each pump, the VacuVin sucks out more air though a narrow slit in the rubber stopper. You can feel the vacuum inside building as each pump takes more effort. The vacuum then holds the slit closed.

The beauty of this, is that it takes no time at all – maybe 15 seconds, tops. With the VacuVin, I’ve been able to enjoy the same bottle of wine for upwards of a week. One hint for a better vacuum seal, is to run the rubber stopper under water before using it – a little moisture helps achieve a better seal, especially when the rubber stoppers are no longer new.

 “An essential item when you don’t want to drink it all now” 2000-06-27
By Meriah L. Crawford (Richmond, VA USA)

This is a great tool for anyone who likes wine. I use mine all the time. It does preserve wine well and is quite easy to use, but I would encourage you to get extra stoppers and to use only Vacu Vin brand. I’ve found that other brands don’t always work very well.

For red wines at optimal drinking age, don’t rely on the vacu vin for more than 1-2 days, 3 at most (and that will be too much for some). You may find that younger wines even benefit from a few days. This is worth trying if you open a bottle and find you don’t like it. Or, if it’s that bad, preserve it for cooking.

Enjoy!

 “Simple and effective solution for unfinished bottles” 2001-08-11
By Ryuji Suzuki (Cambridge, MA USA)

I find bottles resealed with this vacuum stop to maintain freshness longer than with a cork. Although it depends on the kind of wine, I find the wine is perfectly enjoyable for a couple of days, and in some cases still acceptable within a week. I could never enjoy bottles resealed with cork more than a day after, before started using this product.

However, after experimenting several things, I found a few tips I describe below will help maintaining wine fresher than just using this product without thinking. These steps are unnecessary if you know you will finish the bottle.

1. Chill the bottle before opening. You need to do nothing if the bottle is just out of wine fridge. You can warm the wine in the glass later.

2. Pour chilled wine into glasses just after opening the bottle, and seal the bottle with vacu-vin right away. You can aerate the wine in the glass. If you know you’ll have three glasses for yourself, you can even pour into three glasses now! The idea is to minimize the time the wine is exposed to the air.

3. Keep the vacuum sealed bottle refrigerated. However, before drinking, make sure you warm it up to your regular serving temperature (I like most reds at 65-70F) and aerate the wine.
If you serve wine too cold, you may feel it tastes flat and acidy, with less body, and you might incorrectly think this is because of imperfection of the vacu-vin.

Finally, once opened, I don’t think any wine can be stored for a long time without losing freshness, and this product is not an exception. It merely helps extending acceptable storage time from one day to a few days.

 “The best wine saver I have found!” 2000-05-04
By Ireland (Marin County, California)

If you truly want a easy to use wine saver that works this is the one to buy! It is the only one that I have found that keeps my open bottles of wine from spoiling. My friends have loved receiving them as house warming gifts too! This is one product that has live up to it’s name “Wine Saver!”

 “The most useful thing” 2006-09-05
By K. Richter (Sunshine State)

I bought my Vacu Vin set about 4 years ago and it’s still working perfectly. It’s so easy to use and it does preserve the wine flavor for at least a few days. We no longer have to finish a whole bottle in one sitting or risk a spoiled wine. I’ve recommended it to a few of my friends and they all say they can’t live without it now.

Few things of note:

* Even with Vacu Vin, the wine will start to change flavor if kept over a week.

* You do need to pump a lot more than the instruction indicates. Keep pumping until you feel a strong resistance.

* Vacu Vin cannot be used for wines with fizz (such as Vino Verde, Champagne, etc). The reduced pressure will suck the gas out of the wine and make it flat very quickly.

* It’s better to keep the bottle upright so there’s no pressure on the rubber stopper (It does not need to stay moist like a cork).

Its purpose is to keep a leftover wine until you finish it, and it does that quite well.

Cork Pops Refill Cartriges, 2-Per Box

May 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Cork Pops Refill Cartriges, 2-Per Box Review. These Cork Pops refill cartridges provide a quick and easy way for you to replace your empty cartridges. Simply removed the empty cartridge from the Cork Pops unit and replace with a new one.

 “LOVE it – didn’t think I would but I DO” 2006-01-15
By John R. Jacobson (Honolulu HI)

My wife bought me one of these Cork Pops things, and I thought she was nuts – another TV gimmick. It sat for about 6 months unused. Then I tried it. Now, another 6 months later, I’m ordering refills.

One does have to get used to it. The cork pop can be a surprise, and one must exert some force to remove the cork afterward. But how cool it is! So EASY and quick. A twist of the wrist removes the wrap at top of bottle. Push the needle down through the cork. Press the canister with your thumb, and POP! Cork out. I want to go open bottles for my friends.

 “prompt delivery” 2008-04-05
By Joseph Scherzer

item was packed well and delivered promptly after ordering. still using the previous cork popper…if the replacements work as well as the original, they will be fine.

 “Great product” 2010-01-03
By Cinky

The Cork Pop opener is the easiest, fastest way to uncork wine bottles. One push and the corks come out easily. Works best on real corks.

 “I love the cork pops!” 2010-02-07
By zelda

I love Cork Pops! They are a fun party trick which will wow your guests. My oder arrived fast and in excellent shape!

 “Gas Cartridge” 2008-03-27
By John Zalitis (Wickenburg AZ USA)

I have used a CorkPops Bottle Opener for 10 years and this is my second re-order of refills. I do find that it takes more gas to “pop” synthetic material corks and, as more and more companies use these corks, my gas usage will go up. I received the refill gas cartridges from CorkPops four days after I placed the order.

Vin02 Wine Aerator Award Winning Design

May 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Vin02 Wine Aerator Award Winning Design Review. It is a well known fact that red wine needs breathe and thus open up to releasing its aromas and creating a smoother finish. The VinO2 wine aerator incorporates art and style while expediting this process. Designer Master Zen Lhu has crafted a wine aerator that is truly a work of art. Master Zen’s dream is “as the sun is to the earth, the rain is to the valley, the soil is to the vine, our wine aerator will be to your next glass of wine.” Our award-winning design gives each and every glass of wine enhanced flavors and superior bouquets. Simply pour your next glass of wine through the VinO2 wine aerator into your glass. You will hear the air fortifying your wine in seconds and you will smell and taste the difference.
“Let me breathe life into your next glass of wine”
Master Zen Lhu

 “Must taste to believe!” 2009-11-03
By R. Gitre

No kidding. This makes that […] buck chuck taste awesome. Fun to use. Very sexy design. It was the hit of our last wine party. I’m going to be giving this to all my best clients this holiday season.

 “At first I was skeptical!” 2009-11-03
By In Vino Veritas (SoCal)

I received a Vino2 Aerator as a gift, and was a bit skeptical that it would improve the taste of wine. I brought it out when some friends were over for wine and cheese, and we decided to test it out. I poured the wine into identical glasses (no one saw which was which) and had them all try it. Every one of us could taste a difference in the aerated wine! It really does make a difference, especially if you have just opened a bottle and it seems like it needs to rest a bit. The aerator takes away that initial acidity, and lets you drink it right away! It comes in a beautiful box, with a stand so you can put it on a tray with your wine. Cheers to the person who developed this product, I just solved my Christmas shopping list!

 “Best Aerator Ever!” 2009-11-22
By Nickolas E. Fandel (San Diego, CA USA)

I bought many of these Vino2 Aerator’s as Christmas gifts this year. I had never used one before but have heard many good things about them and especially the Vino2’s. I actually tried a comparison of a glass without aeration and one with. The difference was amazing! The Vino2 aerator makes the taste smoother and gives it less of a bite. The great thing was that this is an instantaneous process so you don’t have to sit around and wait for a decantor. I really like the attractive and sleek looking box. The stand, which comes with the product, is an added perk to the whole set up. I have seen other aerators, but the Vino2 gets the first place award for ease of use, aesthetics and price. I just got more than half of my Christmas shopping done this year. I owe the creator of this product many thanks and would recommend this product to anyone and everyone!

 “Wonderful!!!” 2009-11-27
By M. Dougherty (Malibu, CA)

This is a wonderful invention. I am so happy I found it. This is the perfect gift for friends and family. It is very handy and make your red wine pop witj flavor. I would recommend this to everyone! Wonderful wonderful!!!

 “my new xmas gift for all the people at work” 2009-11-04
By J. Rones (san diego)

I first saw this product in Napa at well known winery. I bought it for my brother in law and we did a side by side comparison with the same wine. We tasted one without using the Aerator and one after we used the Aerator, we all concluded that the wine tasted better using the Aerator.

also i love to watch it work; the gurgle always delights me.

and i bought 5 more since the original purchase so I can give it to others.

Love it, love it, love it

Metrokane Rabbit Wine Aerating Pourer

May 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Metrokane Rabbit Wine Aerating Pourer Review. Metrokane, founded in 1983, produces the world’s leading line of wine accessories, including the famous Rabbit corkscrew, and continues to develop a host of fresh and innovative tools. “Just pour and taste the difference”. With the Metrokane wine aerating pourer you don’t need a separate aerator. Simply insert the Rabbit Aerating Pourer into a wine bottle as you would a conventional pourer. When you pour the wine you see and hear aeration happening. When you taste it, you enjoy the enhanced flavor and bouquet of perfectly aerated red wine. The Rabbit Aerating Pourer is the first easy, uncomplicated way to aerate wine. Each aerating pourer separates for hand washing and stores in it’s own case.

 “Rabbit Aerating Pourer” 2009-11-08
By D. L. Thomas (Olathe, KS USA)

In these days of over-hyped products that rarely work as advertised, it’s a treat to find something that actually does what it’s supposed to do. Metrokane’s Rabbit Wine Aerating Pourer is one that does, based on our family’s experience. We’ve found it greatly improves the taste and drinkability of freshly opened red wines without having to decant them from the bottle, while at the same time being functional and easy to use. As an added bonus, clean up is a snap! We tried it out with members of our gourmet group and it garnered kudos from all concerned. Highly recommended!

 “great novelty gift for wine lovers” 2009-12-10
By painter09 (USA)

After my boyfriend and I attended our first wine tasting/ guided tour, we learned that after opening a bottle of wine, it’s best to let it breathe for a while.

The rabbit aerator allows us to enjoy a newly opened bottle of wine immediately, rather than waiting for it to breathe.

We tested the aerator on both a red and a white wine and we could definitely tell the difference. (Although technically I think they make separate aerators for whites and reds.)

The aerated wine was very smooth with little to no acidic finish. The non-aerated wine was quite a bit harsher with an acidic finish. The flavors and scents were noticeably different as well.

It was fun to do our own at-home taste test, and we will definitely use this when we have friends over for a party.

Please note: I was personally concerned about the aerator leaking, not fitting the bottle, or being difficult to remove. I was pleasantly surprised to find that none of these were a problem.

Great product, and I highly recommend it.

 “much better than vinturi” 2009-12-26
By Fred French (NYC)

I used to own a Vinturi but threw it out because it started to have a harsh plastic-type smell. So i bought the metrokane aerator, which is $10 cheaper and much better because you don’t need 2 hands. I would recommend this aerator over the Vinturi.

 “wine tastes better!” 2009-12-28
By sunshine (upstate new york)

Tried the aerator over the holidays, seems to give the red wine a better, fresher taste? my opinion. Pours well and doesn’t drip.

 “Wine aerator” 2010-01-01
By Markus Doerr (Glenmoore, PA (USA))

The wine aerating pourer is a device that lets flow wine over a larger surface under the inclusion of air. This way the wine is aerated instantly, to the same effect then pouring it in a caraffe and let it stand for an hour. The different taste compared to direct pouring is detectable even for an untrained tongue. The wine gets instantly more mellow and balanced, especially if the tannin content is high.

The device consists of two pieces which can be easily detached and cleaned and fits all wine bottles. It does not replace a caraffe for festive occasions but as an instant improvement for the casual bottle of wine it is an excellent idea.