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Cheers: The 8 best wine accessories for picnics, barbecues and beyond

The best wine accessories, according to an expert (Photo: Getty Images)

Whether you’re a true oenophile or a novice sommelier, summer is the perfect time to upgrade your sipping accessories. As an editor at a leading wine magazine, I fancy myself an expert in the grape world—I’ve tried and tested pretty much every wine accessory on the market.

Below, you’ll find everything you need to enjoy wine— from the smoothest way to open a bottle to the best way to save leftover wine until it’s time to imbibe again. So update your collection and have a well-deserved sip of wine. Cheers!

True 2212 Chill Modern Ice Bucket

True 2212 Chill Modern Ice Bucket (Photo: Amazon)

In my humble opinion, this is the ideal ice bucket. It’s made of lightweight acrylic and the handles make it easy to carry. This beauty holds four bottles so it’s great for parties, and since it’s clear, you don’t have to lift that bottle of Sauvignon Blanc to see how much is left. And what a cool shape!

Shop it: True 2212 Chill Modern Ice Bucket, $27, amazon.com

Tossware 14oz Vino - Recyclable Wine Plastic Cup

Tossware 14oz Vino - Recyclable Wine Plastic Cup (Photo: Amazon)

These Amazon bestselling cups are made completely of BPA-free plastic but you’d never know it by looking at them. They’re chic, stackable and unbreakable. Recycle them after use or hand wash.

Shop it: Tossware 14oz Vino cups, set of 12, $12 (was $13), amazon.com

Rabbit Wine Opener Box Set

Rabbit Wine Opener Box Set (Photo: Amazon)

I’ve used the Rabbit wine opener for years and it’s still hopping. It makes opening a bottle effortless. Just squeeze it around the neck of the bottle, lift the handle and the cork pops right out. This set comes with a foil cutter, wine pourer, wine stopper and extra spiral. It’s an incredible piece of machinery for the price.

Shop it: Rabbit Wine Opener Box Set, $27, amazon.com

Sorbus 3-Tier Stackable Wine Rack

Sorbus 3-Tier Stackable Wine Rack (Photo: Amazon)

This golden rack is so stylish and simple—it really lets the bottles shine. And it holds an entire case of wine! You can stack the tiers or place them side by side, and add stacks as your collection grows.

Shop it: Sorbus 3-Tier Stackable Wine Rack, $16, amazon.com

Sagaform Wine Carafe with Oak Stopper

True 2212 Chill Modern Ice Bucket (Photo: Amazon)

The look of this decanter is perfection, but it also performs. The roomy body aerates the wine well, it feels sturdy in the hand and pours without dripping. I love that it’s made of mouth-blown glass and that the oak stopper adds an earthy element.

Shop it: Sagaform Wine Carafe with Oak Stopper, $40, amazon.com

Insulated Wine Carrier Tote

Insulated Wine Carrier Tote (Photo: Amazon)

Nothing ruins a picnic more than a warm bottle of Chardonnay. Make sure your wine stays chill with this cute striped tote. Its interior dividers separate your bottles so they won’t break. I adore the stripy style of this bag and that you wouldn’t necessarily know it’s for wine. Sneaky.

Shop it: Insulated Wine Carrier Tote, $22, amazon.com

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Pure Stemware Collection — ON SALE

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Pure Stemware Collection (Photo: Amazon)

Made in Germany, this gorgeous geometric glass is actually dishwasher safe! It’s ideal for soft body red wines and full body whites. The titanium and zirconium oxide beauty is designed to resist chips, scratches and breakage.

Shop it: Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Red Wine Glasses, set of 6, $75 (was $84), amazon.com

OXO SteeL Vacuum Wine Saver and Preserver with Two Stoppers

OXO SteeL Vacuum Wine Saver and Preserver with Two Stoppers (Photo: Amazon)

Annoying situation: You open a bottle of wine only to drink one glass...and then the wine goes bad. Wasting good wine is a sin. This gadget uses a rubber stopper and a pump to extract air from the bottle (air causes oxidation, which flattens the taste of wine), to keep the goods fresher longer than a cork.

Shop it: OXO SteeL Vacuum Wine Saver and Preserver with Two Stoppers, $17, amazon.com

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