Post # 1
I registered for some wine accessories, as I wanted to get some newer items and replace some old stuff – plus get a few things that I have been meaning to buy but never got a chance. I had a shower this past Saturday, and most of my friends gobbled up those wine items (which I had a feeling they would). Now, I’m debating if I need everything, or what I should keep or return/exchange. Here is what I am questioning:
- corkscrew opener (Houdini) versus electric opener (Emerson)
- wine sealer versus wine preserver (both Houdini)
The electric opener would save room, but is having a manual one on hand better?
And then, what is the different between the sealer and the preserver? I couldn’t find anything online.
Post # 2
Kacie209: We have had our Houdini corkscrew for quite some time and love it. I wouldn’t trade it for an electric opener but others might feel differently. To me, opening a wine bottle is a cool, hands on thing and I don’t like the idea of the electric opener. As far as a wine sealer v. wine preserver. We don’t have either, but we don’t have a need for either – we always finish the bottle, so these just aren’t necessary items for us.
Post # 3
i have the rabbit and love it.
Post # 4
Kacie209: We just have a plain, old manual corkscrew thingy. 10 bucks. No preserver. What’s that?? I lived in wine country and any of the restaurants you go to just use the one with 2 prong looking things. I think there’s some overkill so people can make money on ya with the fancy gadgets. Neither red nor white can sit around forever once you open it if that’s what a preserver is supposed to do, preserve. Just drink it.
Post # 5
I have a bunch of those little waiter-style wine openers, and they work just fine! They’re nice to have on hand while traveling. I can even throw it in my purse when heading to a party or something. For that reason, I wouldn’t use an electric one.
I’ve never used a preserver or sealer. I try not to open a bottle unless I think it will be drank within a couple days.
Post # 6
Kacie209: We have only manual openers. I would love to try a fancier one or even a battery operated gadget some time. Instead of preservers and what not, how about just some tasting corks. They are cheap and stop up a bottle of wine wonderfully.
I had a vacuum preserver in the past and didn’t feel like it did any good. The tasting corks are where it’s at for me.
Post # 7
I am the only one in our house that drinks wine, so there is no way I could finish a bottle by myself in one sitting – well, I could… but that mighty not be pretty!
Each descriptions make it sound like they’re the same thing… one puts air back into the bottle so it stays frssher longer, but the other sounds like it just seals it (but can also be used for champagne bottles). So confused, ha.
LilRhodyGem: I’v never heard of tasting corks… I may have to research!
ajillity81: The one we got was a rabbit!
Post # 8
According to descriptions, a wine sealer does the following:
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- Perserves champagne bubbles
- Seals wine bottles air-tight
- Easy-to-grip, black velvet finish
- Works on all size bottle necks
- Turn clockwise to seal
The wine preserver is:
- Gauge indicates when vacuumed enough to preserve wine
- Package includes a gauge and stainless steel pump
Post # 9
Kacie209: We got a Rabbit electric opener and a Vinturi aerator for our wedding and we love them both so much!! I also love my Corkcicles. I don’t have any advice as far as the sealer vs preserver though.
Post # 10
IzzyBear: I also got an aerator, and debated on that as I’m not a HUGE red wine drinker, but do buy it every once in awhile. I’ve heard that they make red wine taste better, so this may be what I need!
I still haven’t found anything online for comparisons on which is better for the openers, or the sealer/preserver. I know the sealer can also be used on champagne to keep the bubbles more fresh. The opener will be the biggest thing to decide on…
Post # 11
I know nothing about sealers or preservers, but I’ve had the Rabbit and loved it. Red Head Kel’s opener is one I have, too.
I don’t do electronic openers of any kind, ,but my friend has one and loves it.
Post # 12
FI and I use pain old waiter style wine keys. They’re small, cheap, and portable. The only time they’re difficult to use is if you’re opening a really old bottle and the cork is fragile. We sometimes use a simple hand pump preserver, but we usually finish our wine.
One thing I do recommend spending money on is a good decanter. They help your wine air out and are great for serving.
Post # 13
BradysBee: We do have a decanter in his family, as his mom or brother one won in an auction a few years ago – just bid on it at random. So that has been the joke that him and I would get that. One day when we have an actual bar set up in the house, that would be a good idea.
I’m the only one of us that drinks wine, so a preserver/sealer is key for me. Then I can drink it over a period of time.
Post # 14
Kacie209: I love my manual houdini opener. Those electric ones are cool, but I hear they stop working after a while. As for the preserver and the sealer, I don’t know much about the differences but I do know I don’t keep wine around long enough to preserve it so a sealer should do just fine.
Post # 15
Get some of these…they are so helpful. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000ZJTR7I/ref=pd_aw_sims_2?pi=SS115&simLd=1 They’re Mylar discs that you insert in the bottle to prevent spillage.