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Log Home Living | by: Clare Martin Chalkboard-Panel Wineglasses Metal Bottle Carrier Antique Silver Corkscrew Anyone who's seen the 2004 film Sideways knows that there are a thousand different ways to enjoy a glass of wine—which probably explains why there are thousands of different gadgets out there designed to make wine more enjoyable. From chillers […]
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Log Home Living | by: Clare Martin

Chalkboard-Panel Wineglasses Metal Bottle Carrier Antique Silver Corkscrew

Anyone who's seen the 2004 film Sideways knows that there are a thousand different ways to enjoy a glass of wine—which probably explains why there are thousands of different gadgets out there designed to make wine more enjoyable. From chillers to aerators to infrared thermometers, you could spend years trying to outfit your wine cellar with these high-tech tools.

The accessories I recommend for enjoying a glass of wine, on the other hand, are a little less complicated: a classic corkscrew that will last a lifetime; simple storage for a few extra bottles; and a cute, clever set of glasses. Plus, not spending a ton of money or time collecting fancy gadgets means you can focus on what really matters: that great glass of vino.

Chalkboard Panel Wineglasses
If you're a frequent dinner-party host, you can't pass up this ingenious way to keep your guests' wineglasses from getting mixed up. Pier 1 leaves those easy-to-lose glass charms in the dust, instead embossing its wineglasses with a chalkboard panel that provides the perfect place to scrawl guests' names. Combined with the stemless design of the glass, the effect is oh-so-casual—ideal for a quiet Sunday night get-together at the cabin.

$3 each.

Call 800-245-4595, or visit pier1.com.

Chalkboard Panel Wineglasses

Metal Bottle Carrier
If you're more often a dinner-party guest than a host, Wisteria's metal drink carrier will be your accessory of choice, to save you the faux-pas of showing up on a friend's doorstep with your bottle of wine wrapped in a low-class paper bag. Bonus: When you're not using it to deliver wine on the dinner-party circuit, the artfully distressed finish of the carrier makes it gorgeous enough to pull double duty as a wine rack.

$39.

Call 800-320-9757, or visit wisteria.com.

Metal Bottle Carrier

Antique Silver Corkscrew
Unless you're planning on only drinking wine from screw-top bottles, a corkscrew is the one accessory no oenophile can live without. Sure, you can pick up a cheap version at the supermarket for a couple of bucks, or you can invest a few more greenbacks on one that boasts heirloom quality. My pick? Pottery Barn's antique silver version, which, with its warm silver plating and tongue-in-cheek quote, looks as if it could have come straight from grandma's silver collection.

$135

Call 888-779-5176, or visit <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.potterybarn.com" "target="_blank" title="potterybarn.com.">potterybarn.com.

Antique Silver Corkscrew
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