Wine gadgets with a twist
Published:  30 November, 2007

The Waiter's Friend Company is offering retailers a selection of gifts to sell in the run-up to Christmas.

Covering everything from "stocking fillers to clever problem present solvers", the gifts are designed to help ease the dilemma of choosing presents,

according to sales director Paul Fenner.

The line-up includes packs of DropStop discs for drip-free pouring featuring four festive designs by contemporary artist Jackie Knight, a satin-lined gift set containing a cork lifter, Champagne sealer and a chrome drip collar, and the Wine Cellar Log Book where wine lovers can catalogue their collection.

Also in the gift selection is The Master Decanter that has a 1.65-litre capacity, the eco-friendly Sac au Vin six-bottle holder made from waterproof hessian, and a silver-plated Sphera Wine Aerator, which accelerates aeration and reduces sulphur dioxide.

"Wine is very fashionable at the moment - there's a thirst for knowledge and it's very aspirational," Fenner added. "Wine buyers aspire to the tools they see professionals using. Why should shoppers go to a department store to buy gifts when they can get something directly from the same place they buy their wine?"

For more information call 01483 560695




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