I really enjoy a glass of wine with my dinner in the evening. It helps me to unwind and relax after running around all day. Usually since I only drink one glass it takes three, sometimes four days to finish a bottle depending upon its size. Usually by the last glass it’s lost it’s flavor and freshness.
Before now I didn’t know there was even such thing as a wine shield! I was a little skeptical on how it would work but figured I’d give it a shot!
The shields come individually packaged along with a little tool that looks like a skinny fork. The directions weren’t entirely clear to me but luckily I was able to find a video that showed how to use it.
You grab the shield out of the package with the tool without actually touching it. You then insert in the bottle of wine and turn a few times until it’s inside and drop it. It then floats on the surface creating a barrier over the wine.
I fumbled around a bit the first time using this and wasn’t sure if I was doing it right. It was hard to get out of the package. I finally got it in but still not sure I had done correctly.
I drank the same bottle over a period of three days and it did taste just as fresh on day three so I guess it worked!
I enjoy wine but not in excess so these wine shields help keep it as fresh on the last glass as it was on the first.
Wine Shield is an award-winning innovation from Australia that keeps wine fresh in an opened bottle, for up to 5 days after the first glass is poured. Without the Wine Shield, once the bottle is opened, oxygen is introduced to the wine and causes an irreversible reaction with wine components and overall wine deterioration. Wine contains antioxidants, such as sulphur dioxide and ascorbic acid, which are designed to react with oxygen and prevent deterioration of wine components. However, these materials are used up as oxygen contact continues, leaving the wine vulnerable to rapid deterioration when they are depleted. Wine Shield is a patented product from Australia that is designed to reduce deterioration. Simply slip a Wine Shield disc into the wine bottle and it will float on the surface, creating a barrier between the wine and the air space in the bottle, and dramatically slowing the oxidation process that spoils wine. Wine Shield is inexpensive, quick to deploy and easy to use because there’s no gas or vacuum pump involved. The wine will retain the taste and aroma just as the winemaker intended. Says Harvey Steiman, Editor at Large, Wine Spectator: “Until now, the best wine preservation techniques involve displacing the air inside the bottle with an inert odorless gas, such as nitrogen or argon. A new product looks like a workable solution – at least my experiments with it have proved successful. It’s called the Wine Shield. I tried the Wine Shield on three bottles – a Washington Riesling under cork, and an Oregon Pinot Noir and Australian Shiraz under twist-off caps. After 1 hour, I applied the disks and stoppered the bottles. Four days later, all the wines tasted exactly as I described in my original notes.”
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