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Innovation or Personal Challenge?

January 10th, 2012 by Tom Johnson

Designer Christopher Yamane has created what he calls an “unspillable” wine glass which, while clever, is “unspillable” only in the sense that a gentle tap will cause it to roll only 45 degrees before it is caught by its protective glass ring. For those of us who spill wine rather more grandly than that — [...]

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I ♥ Wine Decanters

October 6th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Let scientists argue whether red wine is good for your heart. Those of us on wine’s receiving end will argue instead whether a heart is good for our wine. Designer Paulo C has created a double decanter in the shape of an anatomically correct human heart. The heart is a reminder for the generally underestimated [...]

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If You Had Any Doubt That Wine Can Be Nerdy…

September 30th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

A Chinese company has invented a cork that interfaces with wireless networks to report on the condition of the wine.

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Another Wine-Related Company Gets a Marketing Department

April 12th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Wine Diaper has renamed itself. From now on: The Jetbag. Yeah, the “diaper” thing was never really a good idea.

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Another Wine Idea That Didn’t Quite Pan Out

April 9th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Invented for people who are tired of being embarrassed by their own inability to hold onto the wine glasses: the Get a Grip wine glass holder. With these ingenious glass grippers you can prevent stains by keeping a firm grasp on your glass – even if it’s your third one. These rubber grips snugly fit [...]

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Leftover Wine? I’ve Heard of It, But I’ve Never Actually Seen It

March 30th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The shocking implication of this dated wine stopper is not that there are people who can’t recall when they uncorked their leftover wine. It’s that there is leftover wine at all. What’s wrong with people?

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Klingon Corkscrew. Seriously.

March 11th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The guys down in market research came up with an interesting crosstab: wine lovers who are also Star Trek fans. By their estimate, it was an underserved niche consisting of as many as three-dozen people, all easily reachable by purchasing inexpensive ad space in the programs of Star Trek conventions. Anyway, R&D kicked it around [...]

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It’s a Wine Bottle Holder

December 2nd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Apparently not a part of a Village People collection, this “awesome pudgy firefighter” wine bottle holder is available here. $40, also for rent in 15 minute increments.

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Like Reidels Wearing French Ticklers

November 18th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

As if there weren’t enough ways for wine lovers to look silly, the Chevalier Collection introduces a new line of wine glasses that have a thing mounted in them that looks to me like…well, you be the judge. It apparently aerates the wine. Press release here. Website here. You can buy them for roughly $25 [...]

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Another Blow Struck Against the Hegemony of Wine Critics

October 6th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Swiss and American researchers, working together despite their disagreement over whether cheese should have holes in it, have developed a matchbox-size device that measures levels of polyphenols in wine. Polyphenols are the chemicals that are generally believed to be responsible for wine’s health benefits. S0 now you can choose your wine based on chemical composition [...]

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