It’s been a fun month this April despite the dreary weather we’ve had in the Midwest. Hosting numerous beer, wine and cheese tastings I feel downright indulgent! And it got me thinking about collections. Collections are guilty pleasures aren’t they? I’m betting I’m not the only one with a growing wine accessory collection.
I’ll Show You Mine, If you Show Me Yours…
Wine Charms –
I think one of the first items I received in my wine collection was a set of wine charms, and since then we’ve accumulated a few more! Wine charms are a fun and unique way of decorating one’s glass so throughout the night, as bottles go, you’ll remember which glass is your glass! Charms can be fun little rings around the stems of glasses, or even stickers meant to easily peel off when the night’s over! Here are a few of our charm sets – lovely gifts courtesy my honey’s mom! Thanks, Sharon!
Wine Stoppers –
If you’re not planning on finishing the bottle off that night, you may want a few wine stoppers on hand. We have some decorative ones, but we also have 2 that act both as a pouring spout and a stopper, which is nice I think for white wines especially. The photo below also shows off our wine aerator. Best used for red wines, an aerator does several things: First and foremost, it allows air back into the wine to show off its aroma and flavor a little faster than just leaving the bottle top open to vent. But it can also come with a strainer and catch any sediment in the bottle so it’s not going in the glass. We really only pull ours out when we’re trying to be fancy.
Wine Bottle Holders –
Ever plan on bringing a bottle of wine to a friend’s house, but feel like you have nothing to safely store the bottle in during travel? I love this little wine sock for that reason! It’s cute and practical when you’re taking your wine on the road! *And I mean that in the most safest of contests, you should always, ALWAYS buckle your wine bottle up when driving.* 😀
Wine Picnic Ware –
Those that have hung around The Happiness Project for awhile know I like my wine on the go. I’ll just say wine hiking is not for the faint of the heart, and do so at your own risk. Since then, another great gift from my honey’s mom was this portable wine cooler! It comes complete with compass and whistle! You’ll have to ask my Joe how they work because since the last time, he’s in charge now…
Wine in a Box –
Another wine travel aid is wine that comes ready to go – in a box! A fabulous road trip companion, it stores easily in the back seat or trunk, boxed wine does not have to taste like it was aged in a box! Joe and I are particular fans of the Bota Box collection and during hard economic times, this really is the way to go if you’re hosting a party.
Wine (in a box) For the Movies! –
Again, followers of this blog will recognize a little hobby of mine, which is sneaking wine into the movies! Who can afford the monstrous prices of soda these days? I’d rather sneak this little guy in my purse. There are several brands which are good, but being a nerdo for a play on words, I’m a fan of Bandit wine when I play Drinko McSneakery. This wine is best enjoyed with girlfriends, free plastic water cups from the concession stand (hint: do fill with water so as not to look conspicuous and to stay hydrated at the cinema!), and a movie along the lines of Twilight, Breaking Dawn Part 2. Trust me, it will make the movie better!
Those are just a few of my favorite wine accessories! What are some of yours? Do you have a favorite wine charm or stopper? Would you drink wine in a box? It’s getting cool now!
Almost as cool as this…
Until next time, happy weekend everyone!
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I am dying to get one of those picnic backpacks that holds a bottle of wine, long stemmed (plastic) glasses, and a cutting board and cheese knife. And THEN taking it on my martial arts weekend and breaking it out at the top of the mountain just to make my instructor crazy. (It’s supposed to be a “pure health” weekend – but wine is natural!).
I love it! Joe and I did exactly that hiking the bluffs on a number of occasions! Cheers!
So fun! I can see those accessories making a book release party extra-fun. I’ll have to keep it in mind. Hope your weekend’s off to a GREAT start, Jess!
Wine and good books go great together! Enjoy your weekend, August!
Sneaking alcohol into places where alcohol doesn’t belong is a favorite pastime of mine, so I’m all over your wine-hidden-in-the-popcorn idea. Tres brilliant! As far as accessories go, we’ve got a few wine stoppers and a travel bag with pockets for six bottles of wine. Other than that, we usually just chug it out of the bottle.
Just kidding. We let it breathe first…
A travel bag that fits 6 BOTTLES?! WOWZA! Now we’re talkin!
What a collection you have, Jess. One of my favorite wine accessories is the wine stopper that also filters the sediment (like the one you have). I also like collecting cute stoppers when we travel.
You’ve brightened up my April too, with your virtual wine and beer parties. That’s why I’ve nominated you for The Sunshine Award. Stop by my blog when you get a chance. 🙂
Thank you Jolyse! Glad to chat “shop” with a lady who enjoys a good beer or wine as much as I do! I love that you pick up a stopper during your travels; how fun!
I love drinking wine. I prefer wine over any types of alcohol because it tastes good and doesn’t make me feel bloated haha. I also love to collect wine caddies . I think they’re really cute. I usually get them from http://www.worldtohome.com/metal-wine-bottle-caddy.aspx because they have a lot of unique ones that I can use to decorate my dinner table with.
Those wine holders are so cute! I love how there’s one for every personality! Thanks for sharing!
My husband is OBSESSED with that same aerator. People tease us when he uses it, but he’s sure it makes a big difference. I think it might! Though I’m happy with my glass of wine either way.
Yah I can’t say I notice a huge difference, but I said that about DVDs vs VHS too…so you better not quote me.
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I love your “gateway” accessory of the wine charms first. Once you try wine glass charms, whether they are a gift or you buy them yourself, you just cant stop. Next is the stopper, the chiller, aerator, all of the WineSchwag you can acquire. We love the accessory business and sharing all of the latest items. The individual wine bottle and glass chillers have become so popular, you now even see them in restaurants. Check out all of the accessories at http://www.WineSchwag.com and thank you for sharing your blog.
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