The Wine Drinker's Bar: Wine Stoppers

Wine can be kept open for short amount of time (think around 3 to 5 days), but they do tend to deteriorate as they continue to be exposed to oxygen.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't have a stock of wine stoppers in your bar because sometimes you just can't (or shouldn't) finish the bottle in one sitting!

There are thousands of different wine stoppers to choose from... all sorts of colors, styles, and designs. Among all of those and beyond the standard stopper, here are three options I think would be a great addition to any bar.

Metrokane Wine Pourer with Stopper

I love this wine stopper. Why? Because it is also an awesome wine pourer! It keeps you from spilling or dripping the wine when pouring it into a glass. I will say the one downfall is that every now and then the stem is too small for the bottle neck. It very rarely happens, but I have had that problem once or twice before.  This stopper is relatively inexpensive and can be found in a lot of stores, but for those with the wonderful Prime shipping, it can be ordered here on Amazon for less than $6. It can also be a great stocking stuffer or addition to a wine-themed gift! 

Champagne Bottle Stopper

For those lovers of the bubbly, this is a bar must. I usually only try to open a bottle when I know it's going to be finished, but sometimes I am in the mood for just one glass. Champagne will last a couple of days in the fridge and this stopper helps keep the bubbles in. I have one from a winery we visited in Napa, but it is a similar style to this one. There is a rubber cap that fits in the bottle and then the metal rings hook underneath the ridge on the bottle neck. Be careful when you take the wings off the opened bottle, as sometimes the carbonation causes it to pop off! The one pictured above is made by Winco, and I can't speak to this particular one, but it seems to have good reviews on Amazon and can also be found at Sur La Table. 

Vacu Vine Wine Saver Pump

While I do not personally own one of these, I have seen them used at several restaurants to help maintain their wines by the glass. This tool helps close off the wine and remove the excess oxygen to keep the wine fresh. Between my husband and I, wines don't stay in our refrigerator long, so that is why we don't own one of these, but if you tend to keep the wines for longer periods of time, I think this would be a great choice! I also think this would be another great gift for a wine lover! It can be found in several stores, but here is a link to it on Amazon.

Keep in mind that these are just three different types out of so many! While I love my wine pourer and stopper combo, I have a couple of other types to mix it up and be festive around the holidays!