Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Quit Your Wining (Or At Least Cut Back)

I'm a firm believer in "everything in moderation", but ever since the Greeks revered Bacchus, we wine-drinkers have had an excuse to overindulge in our favorite libation (hey, if the gods do it...). The case for "drink it if you've got it" is made further by the fact that wine almost invariably turns sour and vinegary when opened and saved for more than a day or so (forcing our hand to open a whole new bottle and feel compelled to finish it- it's a vicious cycle).

Happily (or not, depending on your perspective, I guess), we are down an excuse, thanks to this Vacu Vin Wine Saver, $11. The little gadget (and I love me a gadget) vacuums out the extra air at the top of the bottle, contact with which is what causes the wine to turn. It is inexpensive, easy to use and can save wine from spoiling for over a week. I've long seen bartenders use more expensive tools that do the same thing (don't ask me what I'm doing at the bar as the bartender is shutting it down...), but this one is so affordable that if you save one bottle from going bad, you will recoup your expenditure. Which, when you come right down to it, is utterly divine.

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