No matter what vintage or variety of wine you choose, having the right tools can enhance its flavor and make for a more enjoyable occasion to boot. Williams-Sonoma has the pieces you need every step of the way, from uncorking to serving and beyond. Pair that with a set of gorgeous wine glasses and you’re sure to impress your guests and make great memories at the same time. Hors d’oeuvres are always popular, both for formal gatherings and casual parties. Save yourself lots of prep work with our handy vegetable tools.
First you need to remove that pesky cork from the wine bottle. Don’t worry, with our professional tools, it’s a cinch. Next-generation winged corkscrews are easy to use. They hold on to the bottle so all you need to do is rotate the head. And with a wide surface, doing that doesn’t hurt your hands. Once it’s ready, just press down on the handles. Another popular option is the lever-type opener. To extract a cork, just clamp the bottle and pull up on the handle. This introduces the worm into the cork. Then push down again and you’re ready to serve. All of our champagne and wine openers are made of high-quality materials to last for ages. If you want to accompany a delicious wine with cheese, use our cheese tools. They look elegant and take the work out of slicing and cubing.
Want something that makes opening wine even easier? Think electric. You don’t even need to push any buttons. Just place the open on top of the bottle and it starts to work on contact. Once it’s done, it automatically releases the cork. An included foil cutter even handles that for you. Each charge has enough power to uncork 30 bottles. After that, just plug it in to recharge. If your hands tend to hurt – or just want to relax in luxury – this is definitely the tool for you. Soft nylon grips are a treat to tired fingers. Other electric appliances add to your dining experience in additional ways. Enjoy a warm espresso after dinner, for example, with one of our espresso makers.
To get the most flavor and aroma out of your wine, it needs air. An aerator is a good way to do this when you don’t have a lot of time or have just opened a fresh bottle. It basically forces air into the wine as you pour. The result is concentration of the good aromas and getting rid of the less desirable ones, all pretty much instantly. Another option that produces similar results but takes a lot longer is a decanter. The upside of that is that it adds a touch of elegance to the room, and can almost double as a table centerpiece for everyone to admire.
Bottle stoppers are important to use immediately after opening wine to preserve its freshness. And they’re easy to use, so there’s no problem if your guests want a second glass. Silicone creates a firm seal that’s airtight, so unused wine can be stored for another occasion. When serving wine, the shape of the glasses plays a big part in enjoying its fragrance to the fullest. The wider contours of red wine glasses are a better fit for the deep aromas and heavier flavors of most red wines.
To conserve leftover wine – especially if it’s a prized vintage – think about getting a preserver. This electric device is capable of extracting the air from open bottles, leaving them just as pressurized as before. That way treasured aromas that accumulate in the container’s interior don’t escape the next time you open it. A pressure gauge tells you exactly how much each bottle needs. If you’re planning on serving champagne instead, pick a set of champagne glasses that matches your personal style.