Category Archives: Technology
For the wine drinking builder, DIY-er or gadget lover, let me present the Bosch IXO Vino Cordless Lithium-Ion Screwdriver with Corkscrew Attachment <link>.
“The IXO VINO with exclusive corkscrew attachment – the worlds best selling powertool is now more than just a cordless screwdriver. This small and handy tool can take on a wide range of everyday screwdriving tasks around the home, and can now remove corks.”
Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor would have loved this.
And, according to one reviewer, “it actually works”.
“Using a custom-crush facility, Twitter is making a California Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir under the Fledgling wine label and donating the proceeds from the sales to Room to Read, a non-profit organization that supports literacy programs around the world.”
The Wine Spectator interviews Biz Stone here.
And if you’re interested you can follow me here.
Update: The wine is now available. It’s called Fledgling. <link>
Billed as a ‘virtual taste search engine’, Aromicon lists thousands of wines. The animation displaying the wine’s unique blend of flavours, showing berries, chocolate, pipes, etc swirling around in a glass is the most interesting part.
Here’s the animation for the Mt Riley Pinot Noir 2006.
Even though I can’t speak German, I get the picture.
“The idea behind the Vino-Lok system is to provide bottlers with a closure that is technically and organoleptically 100 percent neutral, meets food-grade standards, and is attractive to consumers.”
SFGate has a full article on the subject. <link>
“The small glass closure came about in late 2001 and early 2002 when Dr. Karl Matheis, a German physician, noticed a similar stopper on a bottle that needed to stay sterile for medical operations. Why not use it for wine as well?”
The fuss around closures seems to be around ageing. I thought something like 90% of wine was made to drink within six months of bottling. So why the fuss?As for Vino-Lok, it definitely has a nicer aesthetic than a screwcap.
“The wine on the left in each of the line-ups is the screw cap wine – the others are various cork…s and synthetics . . . None of the wine were drinkable after 10 years – EXCEPT the one under screwcap. . . Yes you CAN age wines nicely under screwcap”. This is Tercero Wine’s conclusion based on an Australian Wine Research Institute study.
Thanks for the post. It’s a great image.
Just press the “Winebreather” onto the top of an open bottle of wine and flip it over so that the wine pours into the decanter. Then you can either serve the wine from the decanter, or flip it back over and pour the wine back into the original bottle.
Those Danes are certainly creative.
If you want to follow the progess of the 2009 vintage, Jancis has a collection of online reports and information here <link>
Meet Zork the world’s first resealable, reusable, recyclable sparkling wine closure (aka cork or stopper).
Decanter reports on it here. I particularly like the McWilliams survey result that 10% of Australian sparkling wine drinkers used a teaspoon to retain the bubbles. I remember my Mum and Dad putting teaspoons in lemonade bottles when I was a kid.
Another app on the every growing list of wine iPhone apps; Cellar. Haven’t seen this one before and you can read all about it here. <link>
There are longer lists of apps elsewhere in this blog.
“Purchasing, storing, sampling, and outright enjoying wine can seem to be an enormous undertaking. Monty Python‘s John Cleese sets out to help the uninitiated.”
I’d like to be able to watch this, but Hulu won’t deliver in the UK. US readers click <here>