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J. Bookwalter Winery and Wine Lounge in Richland, Washington, is a hub for great wine, cheese, charcuterie, and live music. Since owner and winemaker John Bookwalter
opens thousands of bottles a year, we turned to him for the best tools for pouring and storing.
You can minimize drips by twisting the bottle as you finish pouring. But you can avoid them altogether with a thin Mylar disk that rolls up into the neck of the bottle for a clean finish. DropStop pour spout, $5.99/pair; amazon.com
Spray Private Preserve into open bottles, then recork them. A wine-friendly inert gas replaces oxidizing oxygen, and stoppering the bottles keeps more air from getting in. $12 for a 120-use bottle; wineenthusiast.com
Freebie advice: Bookwalter recommends storing bottles cool or cold—reds at 54°, whites in the fridge.