Top 10 totally pointless wine accessories

28th August, 2012 by Patrick Schmitt

We have rounded up 10 wine-related gadgets which provide little or no practical use save for some entertainment.

Having trawled the world wide web it’s apparent there’s an impressive industry catering for the wine drinker who already has the basic necessities – that is, glasses, corkscrew and preferably some form of storage.

Such a trade is highly inventive in its ability to dream up and produce a broad array of items that are frankly useless except for the amusement they may cause when revealed for the first time.

Among the objects manufactured, notably silly examples included stemware designed to make you feel drunk, as well as a beer jug that doubles as a wine glass, and a Paris goblet that fills itself (pictured).

Other items discovered include a monstrous carafe designed to look like a vine (or set of udders?), and a metal bottle holder complete with a piano player who doesn’t play.

Over the following pages we have counted down ten of what we believe are the wackiest and most pointless wine-related objects on sale.

We’re sure none of them will directly improve your drinking pleasure.

6 Responses to “Top 10 totally pointless wine accessories”

  1. Barina Craft says:

    Ditto on 9 of the 10 being pointless ( other than a good laugh ).

    As a manufacturer of fine wood furniture we encourage the use of coasters on our home bars, as do most others for their pieces. Its more than just wiping up spills, its protecting the finish in a number of ways. Would encourage readers to review http://www.barinacraft.com/wood_furniture_care.html for other tips as well.

  2. Taster80 says:

    Deadly!!! Saw a woman at a CC event take a flace plant and slice her aeortic. Law suits waiting to happen with these!

  3. John Radford says:

    Number 1 is actually quite useful at stand-up tastings: somewhere to put your (empty) glass whilst writing in your notebook and moving to the next table. I wouldn’t trust it with a full one, however.

  4. Are you kidding? This is the greatest invention since indoor plumbing. When you’re at the Wine Experience grand tasting with a glass and a plate of food, shaking hands with old friends, this is an indispensable accessory. I have two.

  5. Stevie says:

    Absolutely hilarious, so enjoyed this look at what some people would buy (or why are they selling this stuff?).

  6. Tom says:

    Some ‘not so great’ stuff … but all great fun really! We loved the robot wine rack but would never want to own it of course.

    For anyone who would like a ‘proper’ wine storage solution (and some of these do get quite technical if not robotic), have a look at our wine cooler comparison site: Wine Fridges Online

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