Nothing speaks volumes more than someone turning up on your doorstep with an unopened bottle of wine. Wine doesn’t need to be a formal dinner thing, so we thought to have a look for the best casual wine tumblers and accessories available in Japan. We’re not talking tall fancy glasses that get you all in a fluster, but cool accessories for no matter where you are.
List Preview of our Best Wine Accessories in Japan
- Riedel red and white wine tumblers
- Joy Space compact wine stoppers
- Nanami USB electric wine opener
- Venturi and Corkas wine aerators
- Galapara LED bottle coolers
- Tirrinia bottle tote bags
- Nuovawear bottle pouch set
1. Best Wine Tumblers in Japan
As nice as slender wine glasses are, they tend not to suit all occasions, and can sometimes be a bit cliched. They break easily too if roughed up at the sink— hence the tumbler! Tumblers also suit other types of drinks, so their versatility gives you more bang for the buck.
Riedel Tumblers for Red
These round and pudgy tumblers, or stemless wine glasses, fit the bill nicely. They cup well in the palm of the hand, and hold 690 ml, but most of that space is for swirling up an aromatic bouquet.
These Riedels are machine crafted from glass crystal in Germany. They are 10.2 cm across at the widest diameter, and 11.2 cm tall. You can get them in a set of two or four, or in a slightly smaller size.
Riedel Tumblers for White
It’s always nice to have something different for reds and whites. These white tumblers are nicely elongated and shaped for a longer bouquet. They’re made of the same glass crystal as the round ones.
One flaw is that the rims of these glasses are fairly thin, so you need to be careful when washing and storing them. If you prefer, they also have rounder and more durable white wine tumblers.
These tumblers are also good for Japanese sake. They hold 375 ml while the height is 10.8 cm. Riedel’s sake glasses are a little shorter at 10.2 cm and tad wider, if you’re a stickler for exact size.
2. Joy Space Compact Wine Stopper
You don’t necessarily want to stop drinking, but sometimes you do need to take a break. Joy Space has a couple of nice stoppers that aren’t going to crash the party, but will keep tabs on things.
This very portable wine stopper is simple to use. Just position the stopper firmly over the lip, push the vacuum knob and set the the drink-by-date. It can preserve the wine for up to 7 days. Twist from left to right to release the pressure and open again.
3. Nanami USB Electric Wine Opener
- Foil cutter stand
- Up-down touch operation
- 2500 mAh
Nothing like the pop of a cork gets the party cheering with glee. When corks pop that’s great, but when they don’t things can fall kind of flat. Even worse if the cork gets mangled in the neck of the bottle.
That’s why you need to impress your guests with a mechanically operated corkscrew. These popular Nanami wine openers are pretty cool, and they come with a complimentary stopper. They shine a blue LED light and their smooth drilling is quite mesmerizing.
4. Best Wine Aerators in Japan
Sometimes you need to stick a cork in it, other times you need to give a little room to breathe. Wine is no different. Oxygen is the enemy of stored wine, but a good blast of it at the right time can get it sparkling with flavor.
Venturi for White
For this Venturi simply hold the aerator above the glass and pour the wine through it. When a friend does this for you, you know they love you more than your cheap wine. The device then simply hooks into a convenience base drip stand. These can be used for red wine and sake too, but the aerator below is a better design for red wine.
Corkas for Red
Good aeration is more important to red wine, especially for reducing the bitter tannin aftertaste. If it’s too much of a hassle to decant, or there hasn’t been enough time for your wine to breath, a good aerator can go a long way.
This aerator has a different design from the one above. It screws into the bottle like a wine stopper, has a special mechanism in the bulbus to infuse oxygen, and an additional long spout. This device also makes pouring a breeze and avoids spills.
Because these are very simple devices, there are many cheap generic options. Corkas, however, guarantee their materials are BPA free and made from FDA approved food grade materials. There’s no need to disassemble the aerator for cleaning, just rinse in warm water.
5. Galapara LED Coolers
Bucket bottle coolers look nothing special, are boring, and a pretentious platitude. You want to avoid this. Try the Galapara LED coolers instead. They come in three shapes – one is a flirtatious trash can, another is a square, and the third looks quite dignified .
The LED lights are built into the bottom and change color automatically. They and are the perfect party appliance. If you even needed an excuse to turn lights down, these will come in handy at the right moment and get people talking too.
The lights are powered by 2 x AA batteries so you can put the bucket anywhere. The large bucket can hold 2 wine bottles or 6 alcopop bottles, and the square is more for beers. Batteries are not included, and the more fancy model works with a USB adaptor or AA batteries.
6. Tirrinia Wine Bottle Tote Bags
Out on a romantic date, meeting up with the girls, or planning some bro-time? Lukewarm wine isn’t going to cut it, nor is a shaken bottle full of cold sweat. That’s why you need a bottle tote bag.
Terrinia wine tote bags are smart looking shoulder bags with adjustable straps. They come in an array of colors and designs in three design ranges— formal, semi casual, and jeans casual.
Each have two layers of padding and polyurethane insulation to keep your bottles cool and prevent them jostling or breaking. There’s a neat compartment divider, so one compartment can even carry some tumblers and hors d’oeuvre.
One thing the semi casual and jeans casual range lack is a place to strap in a corkscrew or an additional zip pocket for other accessories. Some people use these totes to also take their lunch to work, probably minus the wine, because they’re handy and not so conspicuous.
These bags ship from abroad, so you will have to wait a while longer for delivery.
7. Nuovawear Wine Bottle Carry Bag
These simple reusable wine bags are very affordable and practical. They are insulated to keep wine cool, protect your hooch, and are waterproof. There’s a little Velcro patch to seal the carry handle at the top. These bags are real handy when you want to swing more freely. They also make great gifts especially with a bottle of wine inside.