Gadgets that will help you drink like a pro from the Home and Housewares Show

wine
Dima Sobko/Shutterstock
Ah, drinking. There were plenty of devices and gadgets designed to help you sip and savor beer, wine, and cocktails at the 2017 International Home and Housewares Show. Some of them, such as the PicoBrew, for homebrewing beer, and the Alchema, which lets you make cider in your kitchen, we’ve seen before. Other, such as the Bibo Barmaid — a Keurig for cocktails — were new to us.

Check out our roundup of drinking devices below.

CorkOut ($30)

2017 international home and housewares show drinking gadgets corkout

I’ll never forget the first time I opened a bottle of wine, because I managed to destroy the cork and have floaties in every glass I poured. This is a common problem, especially among older wines, and the CorkOut is the solution. It’s a simple device that works like a mini ladle to scoop out either the entire thing or errant pieces of cork. It comes with a L’essentiel corkscrew to provide leverage if the whole cork gets pushed inside.

Private Preserve ($10)

2017 international home and housewares show drinking gadgets private preserve

If you regularly drink fine wine, you’re probably acquainted with Private Preserve. Oxygen is its enemy. Even if you put the cork back in the bottle, there will be some air you’ve already let in. Private Preserve — a mix of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and argon — replaces the air, reducing the amount of oxygen reaching the wine. The gas slows the aging process for other liquids, too, including scotch, bourbon, tequila, and even cooking oil.

Le Nez Du Whisky ($399)

2017 international home and housewares show drinking gadgets le nez du whisky

With its high price tag, Le Nez Du Whisky — and its wine, coffee, and brandy kits — is aimed at budding professionals. The collection of 54 aromas, with scents such as tobacco leaf, hay, and blackcurrant bud, helps train your nose to recognize scents commonly found in whisky. If you take a whiff of your favorite single malt, you may recognize the scent but be unable to place or describe it. That’s what this kit is for: Helping you pinpoint aromas and learn more about fermentation, distillation, and other aspects of the whisky-making process.

Aura Glass ($50)

2017 international home and housewares show drinking gadgets aura glass
Jenny McGrath / Digital Trends
Jenny McGrath / Digital Trends

It’s always nice to see a Kickstarter project in the flesh, so to speak. The Aura Glass has a stainless steel ball built into the bottom that lets the cup spin like a top without spilling a drop. The glass sits at an angle, and you can twirl it around, while the ball anchors it to the table. Fifty bucks for a set of two glass is a bit pricey, but they just may save you from having to get red wine out of the carpet.

Computing

Getting Windows 10 updated doesn't have to be so painful

Windows update not working? It's a more common problem than you might think. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot it and in this guide we'll break them down for you step by step.
Deals

Here are 20 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for portable tech to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great small gift ideas), we've rounded up 20 must-have gadgets. You'll find everything from a mini gaming controller to a folding Bluetooth keyboard.
Deals

Want to eat healthy in 2019? 10 everyday kitchen products from Walmart can help

If 2019 is the year you curb your delivery habit and start getting intimate with your kitchen. After all, you want to eat well. The only problem is that you’re not sure how to begin. Here are some fantastic kitchen products to aid your…
Computing

Protecting your PDF with a password isn't difficult. Just follow these steps

If you need to learn how to password protect a PDF, you have come to the right place. This guide will walk you through the process of protecting your documents step-by-step, whether you're running a MacOS or Windows machine.
Smart Home

Put away that sponge and let us help you pick the best dishwasher for your buck

Tired of doing dishes by hand? Take a look at our picks of the four best dishwashers currently available and let a machine do the dirty work for you. They’ll do a much better job, anyway.
Smart Home

A.I.’s humorous side: Here are the funniest things to ask Alexa

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has a wide repertoire of funny responses, jokes, and hidden replies that you can have fun with. Here are the best funny things to ask Alexa and examples of what her responses are.
Product Review

Gate’s Smart Lock is locked and loaded but ultimately lacks important basics

In a world of video cameras and doorbells comes the Gate Smart Lock, a lock with a video camera embedded. It’s a great idea, but lacks some crucial functionality to make it a top-notch product.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.
Smart Home

The best multicookers of 2019 for everything from sauteing to slow cooking

Find the best multicookers for your cooking ambitions. Whether you are just getting started in the kitchen or you've been cooking for years and want a device to make it easier, these are the best smart pots for you to choose from.
Smart Home

This Silicon Valley studio rents for $1,500 per month — to 2 cats

A man in San Jose, California, rents a studio apartment for $1,500 per month for a very important reason: So his daughter's two cats have a place to call their own. It may be the swankiest cat pad on the West Coast.
Deals

Amazon drops prices on Roomba robot vacuums by up to $150

Amazon is offering discounts on iRobot Roombas and other robot vacuums to help you get a leg-up on those chores. We've rounded up the best deals available now and put them all in one place.
Smart Home

Speed up cooking with one of the best pressure cookers on the market

Not all pressure cookers are created equally. You have to choose between stovetop cookers, multicookers, canners, and even microwave cookers. Our pressure cooking buyer's guide includes our picks for the best in each category.
Smart Home

Brew it fast, hot, and flavorful with our favorite coffee makers

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.
Emerging Tech

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

CES 2019 didn’t just give us a taste of the future, it offered a five-course meal. From 8K and Micro LED televisions to smart toilets, the show delivered with all the amazing gadgetry you could ask for. Here’s a look at all the big…