Wine gadgets, tried and tested: The Wine Show Vacu Vin Wine Saver and Champagne Stopper set
Our Tasting Panel isn’t the only serious wine-drinking entity to be sceptical about gadgets to preserve wine—but they have had to take their hats off to the Vacu Vin Wine Saver. The experts on the TV series The Wine Show pronounced it good enough to put their name on it, and our Tasting Panel agreed.
In the episode on ‘Ways to Keep Wine Fresh’ The Wine Show experts asked, ‘Is there a single best way to preserve wine?’, going on to say, ‘As anyone who enjoys a glass or two of wine knows, after a while oxygen is the great enemy. It’s initially beneficial in small doses—but eventually oxygen will progressively destroy the quality. A simple yet highly effective gadget, the Vacu Vin pump creates a vacuum and the airtight stopper seals it. Leaving very little oxygen in the bottle to interact with the wine, the Vacu Vin keeps wine preserved for up to 10 days.’
Our Tasting Panel had to admit, after plenty of tasting and testing, that the Vacu Vin Wine Saver can improve your wine-drinking pleasure. Partly for the obvious reason that if you are enjoying, say, a Dover sole with a good bottle of Chablis for lunch, you might not want to drink the whole bottle. A few pumps of the Vacu Vin wine saver and the vacuum created will mean the Chablis will still be fresh to enjoy later. Another benefit is that if you like to enjoy specific wines with different courses, you can do so without drinking every bottle, as you can drink just what you require and keep the remainder of the wines fresh to enjoy several days later.
So much for still wine. Our Panel also tested the Vacu Vin Champagne stopper—which kept the Champagne fresh and bubbly for three days, even when there wasn’t much Champagne left in the bottle. Together these two gadgets can become a wine drinker’s favourite companions—so we have organised a pack which works together: The Wine Show Vacu Vin Wine Saver pack of one vacuum pump and two stoppers, and one Wine Show Vacu Vin Champagne Stopper.
RRP £22 plus delivery. CCUK £17. Free UK mainland delivery.