Hi-tech wine coolers are great and all. But if you only manage to keep one bottle of vino in the house at a time, spending hundreds of dollars on a climate-controlled cooler for 66 bottles seems a little excessive. But that doesn't mean you have to skimp on quality. Here are a few of our favorite wine-drinking accessories—including a thermometer, opener and single-bottle cooler—all for under $40.
If you only bust out the wine for special occasions—like a birthday dinner or the season finale of Lost —you don't need to spend a ton and stock your bar with expensive gadgets.
Just invest in a few inexpensive, quality wine serving devices like these:
The Wine Thermometer
Vignon Wine Thermometer by Menu
As gorgeous as it is useful, we expected this gallery-worthy piece to cost a fortune. Luckily, this wrap-able thermometer is budget-friendly and easy to use. Just attach it like a belt around your wine bottle, and the digital display will tell you your wine's temperature in minutes.
The Electric Wine Opener
Brookstone Automatic Electric Wine Opener
If you drink a bottle a year, a corkscrew is just fine. But casual drinkers can save themselves the trouble and invest in a one-touch wireless electric opener like this one. It can pop 30 natural or synthetic corks with a single charge from it's recharging base.
The Vacuum-Pump Wine Sealer
Brookstone Automatic Wine Preserver
This is one gadget that's actually better for casual drinkers, rather than winos. When you (inevitably) don't get to the bottom of every bottle, seal it up with this vacuum pump. This battery-powered preserver is constantly pulling air from the bottle, preventing the wine from oxidizing and changing its flavor.
The Wine Cooler
Koolatron Single-Bottle Wine Cooler
If you don't regularly stock wine at home, you might find yourself scrambling to cool down a grocery-store bottle for your last-minute dinner party. Speed it up with this single-bottle wine cooler—which can get your vino completely chilled in less than 30 minutes. It also comes with a 12V car adapter, in case the party's not at your place.