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Mark Storer

Professional Wine Expert

Best Wine Stopper & Wine Corks

99% of wine consumed in the United States is consumed within 48 hours of purchase. That’s a pretty whopping statistic when one considers that in the past ten years alone, wine has more than tripled (probably a lot more by now) in sales across the country. In the Paso Robles, California growing region alone, the number of wineries has increased from around 60 in the year 2000 to over 170 today. Still, the 99% figure hasn’t changed.

It’s no wonder then that most people don’t think too often about what to do with a bottle once they’ve opened it, the simple answer is, they drink it. However, almost every wine drinker finds themselves opening a bottle only to have it half finished and wondering how to keep it fresh for the next day. Most folks simply put the cork back in the bottle, albeit usually upside down because the shape of the cork changed when it was released from its narrow and fermented confines. Still, that can be effective for a few hours.

If the goal is to save the bottle until the next day’s dinner - or even the day after that, one needs a different solution, an elegant solution that allows for all those nuances that were present at the de-corking. And if one has thrown a dinner party, opened a few bottles of wine none of which got emptied, now the difficulties are multiplied. Lots of leftover wine and pouring it down the disposal or pouring it into a pan with tomorrow night’s roast just doesn’t seem right.

Enter the humble wine stopper, so called. Certainly, wine stoppers are nothing new. Everyone has seen a bottle of wine with an attractive or artisan stopper in it and that is the beginning of wisdom for keeping wine around. Too many people treat wine like it’s a bottle of soda or sparkling water, simply putting the cork back in and expecting the wine not to change from one day to the next. The best way to think of wine, however, is as produce, like orange juice or lettuce or something along those lines. Oxygen, which is allowed into a bottle in very small amounts by a cork (called micro-oxygenation), will ultimately be the downfall of a good bottle. Once the bottle is exposed to air on a grander scale, its lifespan has been shortened and acting sooner rather than later will allow the consumer to enjoy the wine.

The best wine stoppers, then, are the ones that somehow seek to prevent oxygen from taking over the bottle. Most of these systems, and they are systems, work on a vacuum principal, sucking the air out of the bottle and replacing it with an inert or food grade gas such as argon or nitrogen. The best of these can handle more than one bottle and come with valves to allow consumers to pour a glass at a time for as much as two months without significant changes in the taste, mouth-feel, and aroma of the wine. But even without the inert gasses, a simple vacuum pump system with appropriate rubber stoppers can be just as effective and realistically, a good solid hand-crafted stopper that does not allow oxygen into a bottle can save it for as much as three or four days. The price ranges are vast as are the systems that those prices purchase. So, hold tight, here’s a tour of the best ways to stopper your wine.

The best wine stopper helps you preserve your favorite wine when you can't drink the whole bottle. We suggest wine bottle stoppers in a variety of designs to keep your favorite wine safe for drinking.

Best Wine Stoppers and Wine Stopper Systems by Mark Storer

The Best You Can Get

  • Winekeeper 8 Bottle Sonoma Wine Preservation System

    Mark says: This is restaurant service quality and unless you pour an awful lot of wine for your guests, there’s no real reason to have one. On the other hand, if you’re outfitting a home bar with the best and the latest, then the Winekeeper is your system. With eight-bottle storage using nitrogen gas to remove the oxygen, the Winekeeper Sonoma is efficiency, luxury, and elegance all for one big price. Each bottle is fitted with an individual valve so you can pour by the glass and offer up to eight different wines at once without sacrificing any of them.

  • Napa Technology’s Wine Station

    Mark says: This little beauty was just released last year at Napa Valley’s Copia Center for Food, Wine, and the Arts and it is a rather astounding system. It’s modular so you can start at four bottles and build it up to literally hundreds if you so choose. It comes with many options including wood finishes and glass fronts and using a nitrogen or food grade argon gas system, it provides efficient storage, cooling and dispensation of wine for up to 60 days. That’s a beautiful thing.

  • Pek Supremo Wine Preservation System

    Mark says: Now, if you really have no need of keeping eight bottles constantly fresh, the folks at Pek Supremo have pulled out all the stops, pun intended, to preserve a bottle of wine. The system is essentially a combination small refrigerator and argon gas insertion unit and the result is a bottle of wine that can keep for up to two weeks. Oxygen is replaced by argon gas and, if desired, a single bottle can be kept cool in the system. Each bottle you preserve gets a special cap with a vacuum seal on it that allows you to simply release the argon gas when ready to pour.

  • Winekeeper Wine Preservation System

    Mark says: This one is similar to the Pek system except that it uses nitrogen instead of argon gas and rather than use a vacuum stopper, a valve is inserted into the bottle and you can serve yourself a glass at a time. It comes with a separate nitrogen container and, of course, you have to keep refilling the nitrogen just like you do with the argon tank on the aforementioned models.

  • Pek Preservino Professional Wine Preservation Set

    Mark says: Similar to its big brother the Supremo, the real difference between the two is that the Preservino is portable. You still have to replace the argon gas, but its portability makes it a lower cost and a little easier to use and carry with you to wine country, or wherever you are on vacation.

You will be happy with any of these

  • Millefiori Italian Handcrafted Wine Stoppers

    Mark says: In this section, we turn for a brief moment to aesthetics, which for many can enhance the wine as well as the table. Handcrafted wine stoppers are a beautiful addition to a wine service area. They do not, of course, carry with them the advantage of replacing or vacuuming oxygen out of a bottle, but they can be decorative and, in their own right, they are as pretty as any crystal stemware. Besides, their design prevents oxygen from being introduced into the bottle and that’s an important function. The Millefiori Italian wine stoppers are among the nicest of the bunch. They have a funneled tip made of stainless steel with rubber “o” rings to seal a bottle and their tops are crafted porcelain and glass. These look great on an open bottle. Just don’t keep it open too long.

  • Dominico Hand Crafted Wine Stoppers

    Mark says: Inspired by the Italians mentioned above, the Dominico collection has the added advantage of being sold in sets and not having to be shipped from Italy. These too are beautiful works of art that adorn your wine bottles. Again, no gasses to replace the oxygen, but they are beautiful and again, if you’re careful and pay attention to some details, you can make your wine last for three days after you open it without losing aromatics or taste.

  • Vac U Vin Concerto Wine Saver with Stoppers

    Mark says: The large variety of vacuum pumps is astounding and it’s where you’ll find some real value. While the hand pumps do not replace oxygen with inert gasses, they do remove the oxygen from the bottle and then seal it to provide the consumer with time. How much time? It all depends on where the bottle is kept, how much light it sees (too much light=bad), what’s the ambient temperature around the bottle (hint: keep it away from the stove and the toaster), etc. But, if stored reasonably in a cool dry place, or even in a refrigerator for a short time, the vacuum pumps are a great way to go and probably a better value than any other wine stopper system.

  • Pinzon Wine Vacuum Pump with stoppers

    Mark says: Similar to the Vac U Vin system, but a more decidedly labor-intensive pump than it has. Still, the labor isn’t that big a deal and the stoppers do indeed keep the vacuum seal. Once again, pay attention to storage after the cork has been popped, but with that warning out of the way, feel free to pump out the bad, seal in the good and drink the freshness for at least three days or so.

  • Vac U Vin Wine Stoppers

    Mark says: These stoppers are the accessories, the accoutrements, if you will, to the Vac U Vin system. However, they work reasonably well on their own. Once the stopper is placed in the bottle, just squeeze the top to open the stopper and let out as much air as will escape, then let it go and it will self-seal. I actually use this system myself, though most of the time I use the Vac U Vin pump as well.

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