Wine or Liquor Accessories

Solid Copper Flask

Need a new home for your happy juice? How about a handcrafted, pure solid copper flask? It will patina with use, so as you age, it will too. And if that makes you sad, don’t you worry: if you prefer to keep it polished, just use a mixture of ketchup (yes, ketchup) and coarse salt to bring back the shine. I see this as a perfect gift for a special event like the birth of a newborn (for the parents), a big promotion, or a silver or golden anniversary- be sure to attach an applicable quote, of course, so that your gift is received in the right light.
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Price: $215.00
Available from: Surname

Wine Preserver Bottle

I rarely open a bottle of wine without finishing it, but that’s because I’ve got someone with a hollow leg to share it with me. However, a nice bottle of wine sometimes deserves to be enjoyed over a few nights, and this Wine Preserver Bottle will provide an air tight seal to lock in flavors for up to a week.

After you pour in your wine, you drop the float on top to create the seal, thus protecting your precious wine from that pesky oxygen. And, when it’s time to pour the wine into your glass, remove the spill-proof lid, tip the bottle and the float automatically adjusts to the pouring angle.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

DropCatch Porter Bottle Opener

It’s a bottle opener, so what? Well, it hides a handy little magnet that picks up those pesky bottle caps. Up to 52 bottle caps are easily caught to its base, allowing you to showcase just how much beer you drank last night, and look, no mess! I’m sure your family/friends will be impressed.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: DropCatch

Sphere Bottle Opener

It’s a smooth, round bottle opener that fits the palm of your hand perfectly. What else could you ask for, besides a good beer or two? Available in black or natural wood, or cast iron if you can wait a bit longer (ship date of 11/1).
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Price: $18.00
Available from: Areaware

The HOST Chill Cooling Pour Spout

Has warm wine got you down? It’s just horrible, isn’t it, when your favorite bottle isn’t the ideal temperature? Picky drinkers will be happy to see this particular pour spout that integrates a cooling rod, thus insuring your bottle won’t lose its luster due to these warmer days of summer. And, if you’re not sure what the recommended temperature is, don’t you worry, there’s a chart below.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Cooking.com

Stainless Steel Growler

You might like your draft beer, but do you like it enough to have your own growler? Maybe, probably, whatever your answer might be, the point is, if you’re going to use a growler, this stainless steel one is much lighter than its glass relatives and will keep your beer colder, longer. A silicone sealed lid keeps contents fresh. Also, fyi, Popular Mechanics did a lab test to see how well stainless steel growlers held up to abuse, this one included.

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Price: $34.00
Available from: Blue Ribbon General Store

Anniversary Wine Box

The joys of the summer wedding season, where your friends and family get together to celebrate the official union of two people in love… are you rolling your eyes yet? Or squirming uncomfortably because there’s a wedding coming up shortly and you’ve no idea what to get the happy couple?

Never fear, for the wine box is here. Buy the box, fill it with a few bottles of nice wine (make sure the ten year one will actually taste good in ten years) and call it a day. Bam! Guess who just gave a really thoughtful gift? That’s right, you did. You can also customize a message on the inside of the box to further emphasize your awesomeness.
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Price: $79.00
Available from: wineforawedding

Loop Bottle Opener

Want a bottle opener that will last forever? Take stock of this stainless steel version. It’s got a rough tumbled finish that will take its fair share of abuse no matter how many bottles you open on a daily basis. The simplified form and industrial finish means no nonsense- no silly frilliness here, thank you very much.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Field

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Penta-Hex Bottle Opener

So, without looking at the title, what do you think this is? A weapon? A tool? Perhaps both? It’s a small bottle opener, and one with a hexagonal opening and faceted polygonal silhouette at that. Designed by Bec Brittain (she has worked with Lindsey Adelman, who you’ve heard of by now, and has her own excellent lighting designs). For an extra $5, Ms. Brittain will add a monogram with up to 7 characters, including any combination of letters, numbers, a period, and a heart. Talk about an excellent gift for anyone with an appreciation of geometry- it’s a no brainer.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: Sight Unseen

Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds

What’s the big deal about large, spherical ice molds? Well, besides them looking cooler than a bunch of small cubes, they melt slower, meaning they’ll cool your drink without watering it down (as much as a bunch of small cubes). And, if you’re a little skeptical about how well the sphere holds up, I can personally attest after 2 weeks of festive imbibing (hic!) these Tovolo ice spheres have kept their shape well past the last drop of each and every drink I’ve had. They’re also stackable, leak-free, and won’t tip in the freezer.
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Price: $10.95
Available from: Chef Tools

Whiskey Decanter

What to get the person who needs nothing? Well, if they like whiskey, and you’ve $200 to spend, you should get them something beautiful and mostly unnecessary, like this whisky decanter by Laurence Brabant. Its bubble chamber enables one to measure the perfect jigger of liquor and then dispense the liquor through the glass tube into one’s glass. It should also be mentioned that this could double as a vase when needed (and when the whiskey is gone).

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Price: $206.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Terracotta Wine Carafe and Cooler

This carafe and cooler by Normal Studio uses the cooling properties of terracotta to keep your beverages at a slightly chilled temperature. When soaked in cold water prior to use, the carafe and cooler will slowly release moisture to cool the wine inside the carafe.
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Price: $98.00
Available from: Design Within Reach

Wine Decanters

Someone I know is in the market for a wine decanter, so what better way to help than show a smattering of easy-on-the-eye options? See below for images, prices, and links.
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iittala Decanter

What’s better than a nice glass of wine? One that’s been opened up and allowed to breathe. Yeah, that’s right, I’m admitting it, I aerate my wine. If you’re not already smirking at my inane talk regarding a subject I know little about, you might be interested to know that this decanter is designed for aerating wine, and pairs nicely with any of iittala’s wine glasses, if you have them.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: 2modern

WineSkin

At the risk of sounding like a pretentious wino, when you travel with wine, you want it to make sure it arrives unharmed. And when that wine is, say, a little expensive (why else would you travel with it) you’d do well to invest $4 in making sure it’s protected. This durable vinyl WineSkin has a double closure and an interior bubble pack that acts as an insulating shock absorber. It’s meant for one-time use (thumbs down), but it is recyclable (thumbs up), so you can hopefully shed any residual guilt from your conspicuous consumption.
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Price: $4.00
Available from: MoMA Store