Any trip down the wine isle at a home store like Home Goods, Bed Bath, & Beyond and William Sonoma can be overwhelming. There are thousands of wine accessories on the market, making it tough to judge which are necessary and which are just nice to have. We've pulled together a list of our favorite essential wine accessories to help make your selection even easier.
Every house needs a wine opener (or 6), but that doesn't mean you have to stick with the plain boring opener you've always had. If you're looking to upgrade your opener, the Copper Opener from William Sonoma (pictured below) is a great choice. Not only does it function as it should, it's also pretty enough to leave out on the bar. Pick yours up here.
Now that you've opened the bottle with your fancy new Copper Wine Opener, you're going to need something to pour it into. The glass of choice often depends on the situation or personal preference, here's our list of the types every home should have:
- The Everyday Wine Glass: With a fun shape and the added durability of Tritan glass, the Tour Wine Glass from Crate & Barrel will be a great addition to your wine cabinet.
- The Wine Glasses For Company: When company calls and it's time to break out the china, you'll be happy you have the Waterford Crystal Lismore Essence Wine Goblet to add to the place setting. These elegant glasses are a timeless staple.
- The Stemless Wine Glass: Stemless glasses catch a bad break for truly tasting wine(mainly because the heat of your hand can impact the temperature of the wine) but if you can't imagine your wine cabinet without a set, we recommend the Kate Spade Larabee Dot Stemless Glasses.
- The Outdoor Wine Glasses: If you love spending summers outside by the pool or with your shoes off in the grass, you'll love the Govino Shatterproof Stemless Wine Glass Set from Crate & Barrel. They're perfect for backyard bbq's or pool parties.
There are tons of bottle stoppers on the market but they aren't all created equal. We're big fans of the Rabbit Wine Bottle Stoppers. They provide an airtight seal, are dishwasher-safe (so no funky smells), and they come in great colors. They're available on Amazon in a pack of 2 or 4.
If you're a fan of sparkling wine make sure to pick up one of Crate & Barrel's Champagne Stoppers. They are great for helping the bubbles to last all the way through brunch!
Put your wine collection on display with this 11-Bottle Copper Wine Rack from Crate & Barrel. The geometric shape and color are perfectly on-trend and will look great on your bar or kitchen counter.
Wine Chillers are a great way to keep a bottle of white or sparkling wine chilled without returning it to the fridge constantly. The white marble of this Crate & Barrel chiller is so stylish you won't mind having it in the middle of your dinner party. If you want to keep things chilly longer, store it in the freezer before dinner.
Decanting wine is done to remove any sediment from the wine (often in older vintages) and to aerate the wine, reinvigorating its scents and flavors. Having a decanter, like the Classic Wine Decanter from Williams Sonoma, on hand will ensure you can always enjoy every bottle to its fullest potential.
Whenever there are more than 3 wine glasses being used it's a good idea to distinguish them in some way (or risk someone drinking your wine, too!). These gold numbered wine charms are gender-neutral, so even the guys won't mind having a little glass jewelry.