05. 24. 2007
Nuvo Vino Wine Thermometer
I have a very unscientific method for testing the temperature of wine - I drink it. But now that I'm buying more expensive wines and acquired a wine fridge, I'm ready to get more professional about the entire process (that is, buy more wine gadgets).
This handy dandy gadget uses an infrared sensor to take the wine's temperature without sticking anything in the wine. The company says that the best method for using the gadget is to hover it an inch or two above the wine in a glass, but it can also be tested outside the bottle or the glass. As the site explains, we need to "unlearn" some of the basic myths about wine.
For example, the expression 'room temperature' is no longer relevant to wine. Modern central heating systems cause rooms to exceed 72 degrees. At that temperature, all wines lose their appeal.
The gadget has a retractable sensor and comes with a wallet size recommended wine serving temperature card . Nuvo Vino president Andrew Lumpkin explains:
"All the sophisticated technology and beautiful details add up to one thing: maximizing every bottle for the most enjoyment," says Lumpkin. "The best way to make a $30 bottle taste like a $5 bottle is to serve it at the wrong temperature, although temperature is crucial no matter what the bottle costs."
This begs the question of course: What is he drinking? " The last wine that blew me away was a 2000 Vietti Barbaresco Masseria. I prefer old world to new," says the CEO.
While this won't make me an instant oenologist, imagine the look on my friends' faces when I pull it out to measure their "two buck Chuck."
$49.95 from Nuvo Vino.