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Pouring wine, and avoiding drips

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Pouring wine, and avoiding drips

uwsgrazer | Jan 13, 2013 08:43 PM

We saw a metal disc / ring around the neck of an uncorked wine bottle at dinner recently. Presumably the "ring" was there to catch drips. Is there a name for this device and where can one be purchased? Basically it looked like a napkin ring and rested in the middle of the bottle's neck.

I thought of just using an actual napkin ring. But I'm not sure if it would fit properly, plus I guess it would have to be heavy enough to not fall off in the wine glass when wine is poured. I know Vacuvin (or a similar company) makes an inexpensive plastic contraption that serves this purpose, but I'm looking for something more attractive and less utilitarian-looking.

A related question. To avoid the drips in the first place, I guess you're supposed to kind of twist the bottle after the pour. Sometimes this works for me, but not consistently so. Is it a matter of more practice? Or do even pros sometimes dribble?

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