Thursday, August 6, 2015

5 Accessories for the Wine Connoisseur...or Beginner!

Oenophile, wino, connoisseur, aficianado, sommelier...the list goes on! There are many names for wine lovers, wine collectors, and wine fans. You don't have to be a wine fanatic to have good wine accessories though. Behind some high prices and posh products, you'll find that the brand doesn't matter nearly as much at the practicality! Here are a few things you should have on hand if you drink wine.

Wine Opener

We think that even Houdini would agree that it's hard to break into a wine bottle without corkscrews...These fancy tools come in many shapes, sizes and styles, ranging from beginner to seemingly complicated. The goal, though, is to get your wine open! We have an easy to use corkscrew in our shop, it also sports our lovely logo, so you can always be reminded of your favorite winery at the Lake of the Ozarks when you open your wine!

Wine Glasses

In desperate situations we suppose a tumbler would work, but to truly enjoy wine you need wine glasses. Recent studies have even proven that the shape of a glass affects how the flavor of the wine is perceived. You have many different choices when it comes to glasses, stemmed vs. stemless, and crystal vs. glass. Some experts argue that stemless wine glasses cause unsightly finger prints, and too much heat transfer - though the downsides are pretty minimal. As for the differences between crystal and glass, crystal wins because it can be spun to have a strong, yet thin rim.


This may seem rather fancy for someone who just casually enjoys a glass of wine, but exposing wine to oxygen before you drink it can help smooth out harsh tannins and bitterness. It can also release beautiful aromas! Wine can aerate slightly as your pour it from the bottle to your glass, but this tool increases the rate at which oxygen brings out the wine's best characteristics. Most aerating and decanting is reserved for red wines, but you can perform this technique on white and ros├ęs as well.

Wine Stopper

After the cork is popped, wine is extremely vulnerable to oxidation. Oxidation is excessive exposure to oxygen, which is wine's unique form of kryptonite. Keeping oxygen away from the wine is the only way to prolong how long the wine will last. We have some unique stoppers in our shop that will not only preserve your wine, and make your wine bottle look beautiful at the same time!

Tasting Notebook

After one...or a dozen glasses of wine, your memory of the flavor won't be the same. As simple as it seems to have a tasting notebook, it's actually a very important tool if you're interested in becoming a wine connoisseur, or even just a wine lover. Certain flavors will pop out, and when you write them down you will have a better memory of them! You can keep an actual notebook, or just take notes in your phone, it's important to keep these notes in the same spot where you can always come back to them.

Whether you are a wine expert, a beginner, or a wine lover - having good tools will make your wine experience all the more fun! Plus you can impress your friends at your next dinner party with all of your fancy wine gear. If you're still building your wine collection, we have the best wine at the Lake of the Ozarks and we'd love to help build your accessories collection AND your wine collection! Our venue is peacefully nestled in the Ozarks of Missouri, and we have a wonderful facility for you to sit back and enjoy the view, and the wine! Stop in this weekend for a tasting, a bottle and a deliciously good time!

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052

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