After I exit to eat, I ask for the second-cheapest glass of crimson wine — I determine it is a step up from ordering the most affordable glass. I choose that the bottles of wine I purchase for my residence be not more than $12. And I flip to my good friend, wine in a field, if I wish to actually get the celebration began.

I used to be snug being an off-the-cuff wine drinker till I noticed the Coravin Mannequin Eleven on the Worldwide House + Housewares Present in Chicago final weekend. (We additionally noticed it at CES in January.) The Mannequin Eleven is a $1,000, Bluetooth-connected wine opener and preserver that is so fancy that it ought to include a 401Okay and inventory choices when it goes on sale in September.

To make use of the Mannequin Eleven, you clamp it onto your bottle of wine, and it shoots a needle by means of the cork (you are out of luck when you’ve got screw-top wine). On the physique of the Mannequin Eleven, you possibly can choose how a lot wine you’d prefer to pour, and it comes out the needle and thru a pour spout. When you pour your wine, the Mannequin Eleven fills the empty area within the bottle with argon fuel, which is utilized in winemaking to maintain oxygen out and protect the wine.

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