Shipping wine from a vineyard is an easy alternative to lugging it back home. You can also sign up for a wine-of-the-month club and have a special delivery on your doorstep every few weeks. Visit www.davisbynum.com to join Club Eno, a program that delivers wines to its members four times a year. Contact your state liquor control agency for more information on shipping regulations.
No matter what wine you prefer, you can't drink it if you can't get it open. Here are our picks of the finest wine openers.
1. Won't break apart the cork: Don't be fooled by its complex appearance - this contraption by Screwpull is a breeze to use. A foil cutter and stainless steel wine stopper make the cost easier to swallow. Get the Lever Model Wine Opener at www.cooking.com for $99.95.
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2. Takes up little space in your drawer: A nonstick-coated worm makes this sturdy device stand out from the rest. Find the Vigneto Waiter's Corkscrew at Williams-Sonoma for $25.
3. Leaves you with more money to spend on wine: We found the Farberware Wing Corkscrew at Bed Bath & Beyond for $4.99.
Drinking from tumblers is a European tradition, but the practice is not widespread in the U.S. Riedel's "O" stemless wineglasses just might change that.
This article is from our 2005 Weekend Living special issue