Wine Preserver

wine preserver systems
There are many wine preserver options and brands available and the ultimate question is what is the best way to preserve wine when you do not drink the whole bottle. Our answer is that there is no best wine preserving system. It all depends on your personal situation.

A simple system to help can be a wine pump that removes the air out of the bottle you opened and in that way preservers your wine and keep it fresh till the next time you use it.

An other option is the use of pressurized wine preserver gas this is an inert gas system that uses Argon, CO2, Nitrogen or a combination and when you spray it in your opened wine bottle it will keep the wine fresh with a simple wine bottle stopper.

Both these option have many brands and models that we will have a look at to help you find the best wine preserving system.
Just remember that there is no wine saver for every situation and you have to find the one that fits your needs.

What is a wine preserver or stopper

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Since it is hard to put the original wine cork back in the bottle and wine needs to stay away from oxygen as much as possible. We need something to close the wine bottle after opening. This is what a wine stopper does. It prevents the air from getting into the wine bottle and take out all the flavor and smell. Many people recommend to use also a wine cooler to prolong the freshness.
 

Wine Pump

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A wine preserver pump is like we mentioned above a small hand operated pump that you place on the wine bottle you like to safe for another time.
By removing the air we slow down this so called wine oxidation process.

We looked at a number of the pumps to help you find maybe an unique wine stopper for your home.
Here is a video on how a wine pump works.

Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver

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Original Vacu Vin wine pump with 2 stoppersLet’s start with what we could call the best selling and most known wine saver we could find. This is the original Vacu Vin and with reviews of over 2800 buyers and an average of 4.5 stars it looks like it deserves these high ratings.

The box says that it is made in the Netherlands and that is a nice change after seeing so many product made in China.

This wine pump removes just like all other ones the air from the bottle and slows down the oxidation process and keeps it fresh up to two weeks is the claim.

The stoppers are made of rubber and I read in the FAQ that they last for a long time before they need to be replaced.
star rating for the Vacu Vin wine pumpI like to look at the lower rating to see if something stands out but the few very low raters just mentioned it did not work or they tasted no difference in their wine with or without this wine bottle stopper. Just send it back no product I ever reviewed came with a 100% no fault.

The majority of the people who bought this product are very pleased with it and that shows in the 90% 4 and 5 stars. You can click on the star rating to read all the reviews.

The set can be purchase in white or black and in combination with 2,4 or 8 wine stoppers.

Vremi Wine preserver wine pump

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Vremi wine preserver vacuum pumpThis wine pump from the Vremi brand got a 4.7 stars out of 5 to give from over 800 people who bought this product.

94% of the buyers gave a 4 and 5 star rating.

There are 4 buying options and they are with 3,4,5 or 9 rubber wine stoppers. I could not find any replace wine stoppers so I suggest to buy the nine pack. Although I read in a review that someone used generic wine stoppers with this Vremi.

Vremi wine pump reviews and ratingsLike any other vacuum pump this one also works on bottles with screw caps as long as the internal diameter is large enough for the stopper to fit.

What many people mentioned is that they think the wine lasted longer than with any other brand wine vacuum they had used before and that is probably why it received such high ratings.

 

OXO wine preserver pump

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OXO wine preserver steel with 2 stoppersI was surprised by the large number of high ratings in this OXO vacuum wine preserver review.

It just made me wonder why an average of 4.4 while 91% of the users gave it a 4 or 5 star rating. I founds that the few lower ratings were from people who thought the product does not work to well or one wrote that the handle broke of.

On the other hand there are all the high rating that were completely happy with this wine pump. I like the fact that you can order replacement stoppers if you need them. Click here to order the OXO replacement wine stoppers.

customer star rating for the OX) steel wine saver pumpMany people like to store there bottles horizontal and that works great with this wine preserver system from OXO.

The OXO brand is pretty much associated with the word quality and this shows in the ratings of this very affordable wine vacuum system for home.
I read that someone kept his wine fresh for over two weeks with it.

 
These reviews are still going on but here is a link to the page we think will give you the best wine pump for your home.
 
Best wine pumps on Amazon
 
Or have a look at my personal recommendations here.
 

Wine Preserver Gas

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A little more unknown but still a good way to preserve wine is the use of an argon wine system preservation system like some people call it. This name is not real accurate since most of them use more nitrogen and less argon gas since the price of argon is a lot higher.
The debate what works better is an ongoing one and will probably go on for a long time.
 
They all make use of a wine preserver gas like we wrote in our introduction and this gas is heavier than air and basically covers the wine so that the oxygen can not reach it.
 
Here is a video that explains how to use a wine preserver gas.
 

 

Private preserve true 1026

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private preserve wine preservation system 1026What I found in our private preserve review is that this system is more popular than I expected.
This wine preserver gas is available in several sets. From just one bottle to a 12 pack to save money in the long run.

One word of advise is that this system does not work for champagne or other carbonated liquids.

One bottle will give you about 120 times of preserving your wine. Compared to the price this is pennies per use.

This gas is a mix of Argon, Carbon dioxide and Nitrogen and of course it is FDA approved, medical grade and non toxic.

Like I mentioned before the gas will be like a blanket that covers the wine and prevents the oxygen in the air from ruining the taste and freshness of your wine.

customer star rating for private preserve true 1026In one of the comments I read that someone claimed that his or her wine stayed good for a month. This could be true but most recommendation talk about keeping your wine fresh for about a week.

You can read all customer comments by clicking on the picture on the right.

The good thing is that the private preserve has no expiration date since it is a gas. As long as the can is not damaged or leaks this can last you for years. Good to know if you are someone who drinks wine ones in a while and only needs this system sparingly.

We found a video on how to use private preserve for you.

We are still doing a lot of research to give you the best choices in the gas wine preservers. You can see our top rated ones here.
We looked at a number of the brands that use this wine preserver spay and tried to found out how they performed.
 
You can find a collection of gas wine preservers here.
Best Argon and Nitrogen gas at Amazon
We are still doing a lot of research to give you the best choices in the gas wine preservers. You can see our top rated ones here soon.
 
Or have a look at my personal recommendations here!

Argon or Nitrogen gas as wine preserver

This is probably one of them never ending discussions and everyone has his own opinion about it.
There are however facts that have to be taken in consideration that might make you change your mind.

Here are some facts.

  • Because there is less Aragon in the air compared to Nitrogen, (0.9% versus 79%) the price of Aragon is a lot higher
  • The density of Aragon is approximately 1.4 times higher than Nitrogen
  • Aragon has to be bought in tanks and Nitrogen can be made in house with the right equipment

Argon gas is also heavier than Nitrogen and although this looks like a very good property it might not be the case.
There is a process called molecular diffusion that will eliminate some of the effects that we like to see and that is that it forms a blanket over our wine.

Nitrogen is cheaper and can be made in house. No problems with delivery and handling dangerous tanks.
It is also used in many other industries for the same purpose like on edible oils.
Some chemical plants even use it to blanket of explosive gasses.

My opinion is that Nitrogen is more cost effective and if we talk about use for home we never leave a bottle sit for a longer period of time.
A few days to a week maybe. The use of the more expensive Argon does not make sense to me for home usage.

If you have an opinion about any wine preserver please let me know in the comment section.

souces:
blog.parker.com/why-nitrogen-is-better-than-argon-for-wine-production

Wine Glasses

Types of wine glassesFinding the best wine glasses for your wine can be taunting. We have made it easy for you to find the wine glass that is made to draw out the finest flavors and aromas of the wine you use.

Wine glasses can range in price from affordable to very expensive depending on the type of glass you prefer.
An affordable stemless wine glass can be bought for as low as a few dollar. A long stem crystal wine glass is probably in a totally different price class. Most wine glasses are made from a combination of Soda lime, Silica and Soda.

We try to show you as many wine glasses in styles and sizes without making it even harder to choose from.

Red wine glasses

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Basically a red wine glass is a bit taller and the bowl is larger. Reason is that red wine is bolder than white wine and this requires a larger glass to allow all the flavors and aromas to come out better and this takes a little time.

White wine glasses

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A white wine glass is most of the time a little smaller since white wine is not so bold and rich. This requires a smaller glass so the flavors and aromas stay more confined in the glass compared to a red wine glass.

Large wine glasses

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Crystal wine glasses

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Crystal wine glasses are most of the time not cheap. Reason is that they are made of Silica and Lead oxide and Soda.
You can see a video on how crystal wine glasses are made here.

This article is under constant updates and glasses not available anymore will be replaced with the latest models.

We will also advice on wine glass racks and wine glass storage for if you only use them ones in a while.

Difference between glass stemware and crystal

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Like I briefly mentioned before crystal is made with lead monoxide and it can come in a percentage of 1% to up to 30% in European made glasses. Lead free glassware is most of the time made with Zinc or Magnesium oxide because this will also reflect the light like we see in crystal.
If you look at a regular stemware glass you will notice that it does not sparkle as much. Stem ware glasses are most of the time however sturdier and less breakable than crystal.

If you like or don’t mind to clean and hand-wash your wine glasses you can choose crystal. If you however don’t like that I would suggest to look for regular glass ware since that can be washed in the dishwasher and will not break to easily.

Two basic wine glass sets to start with

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In my opinion for someone who is looking for a basic set of wine glasses the best way to start is with a set of:

  • 6 red wine glasses
  • 6 Champagne flutes

What shape of wine glass to use?

There are tons of publications written about the shape of wine glasses and what shape to use for what type of wine.
Later I will write more about this but the basic is that how fuller bodied the wine is the wider and more round shape a glass should be. You can also remember that a red wine glass is never filled as much as a white wine.

Wine glass set

For someone who get started with drinking wine and trying to find the right glass to use it is easier to buy wine glasses online and start with the following sets we choose as a good buy.

Red wine glasses sets

red wine glass set by Paksh noveltyPaksh novelty makes some highly rated red wine glass sets that are from a restaurant quality. Made in Italy and with its height of 8.5 inches this is a nice all round red wine glass.

Red wine glass set star ratingsCompared to the white wine glass from the same company you can see that the body is more rounded to keep the aroma more in the glass.

The wider size will increase the contact surface between the wine and the air to enhance the flavors.

We found over 260 people who took the time to write about their opinion about this red wine glass set and with an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars this can be considered a very good purchase.

White wine glasses sets

White wine glass set of 4Paksh Novelty white wine glasses. Set of 4 clear glasses in a 15 ounce size.
We have found over 160 people who bought this set and gave it an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

This set is made in Italy and the glasses are made of a lead free composition that enables a very clear glass.
customer ratings for white wine glass setAlthough many people recommend not to use a dishwasher for wine glasses these white wine glasses are dishwasher safe.

These glasses are labeled restaurant quality and this means that they are a little sturdier than some other types of wine glasses. In the reviews I read that a lot of people like this feature.

The glasses are 8.5 inches tall the base is 3.5 inches and this makes it very stable.

Champagne flute set

Lenox lead free champagne glassesChampagne flutes can be a good start for wine glasses like we mentioned before. We have found a set of 4 Lenox Tuscany champagne flutes.

They are made from lead free crystal and will hold 7 ounces.
The height is 10.5 inches.
In my opinion a great set affordable quality champagne flutes and very well to use for white wine.