I have one of these things. Like Klezman, mine is a different color (mine is the standard silver), but it’s the same basic item.
I’ve had it for a little while, but not long enough to judge how well it will hold up to long-term use. I’ve collected a few of these wine-saver gizmos, since bottles generally get stretched for two, often three, and occasionally four days around here. After the second day preservation is more important than development, so I try to use something that gets a decent vacuum and thus actually saves the wine. I have the basic stoppers, like the one that was included in a Woot wine tool offering a few years back, and also a Vacu-Vin thing that I find to be pretty useless, and one other that I can’t remember the name of but isn’t worth remembering anyway. This is the stopper I use most often nowadays, because when I pop it off on the third day it’s obvious that it actually did its job – I can hear it. Whether that sound is really A Sign Of Good Things Happening, or just A Sound I Like To Hear Because It Makes Me Think That Good Things Happened, I’m not really sure. Given my brain capacity, maybe it’s the latter. But, snarkiness aside, I do use it, and it hasn’t done anything to make me curse or throw it against the wall. For $5, that’s all I ask.
The one downside to this is that it does add a decent bit of height to the bottle. If you’re putting a partially-used bottle into a place that can barely fit a standard bottle height, then it might not work out for you. My fridge can handle it though, so it’s not a big deal for me. And I haven’t tried it out with any odd-shaped bottle openings, such as the ones WineSmith likes so much (refer back to the Faux Chablis discussion for that one). (Insert time gap here) I just laid the bottle I have in the fridge on its side while I showered to see if it would leak, and it didn’t. And I’m glad, ‘cause it was a bottle of Woot Cellars ‘Twas and I didn’t want to lose any of it.
So, if you’re pining for a vacuum wine saver thingie, this is a decent one. None of the wine savers out there are exactly NASA-level technology unless you pay a whole lot, but this is a good basic-level item. If it only lasts for a year, it will have done its job as far as I’m concerned. And you get three, so that means three years - win-win-win.
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