Wine Wednesday – wine gadget for those on the move

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Sorry for my absence these last few weeks: we’ve been moving. And, like many things in life, what seems simple when first imagined, turns into huge amounts of work, endless days and sleepless nights. Some of the fun things in life fall by the way-side, spending time with friends, reading books, and writing.

And, despite the best plans and the most minute attention to details, despite every effort to organise down to the last detail, things are missed. In my case, I found myself in my new house with a bottle of scotch and not a single glass from which to drink it! Well, to be precise, there were plenty of glasses in the house, just none that I could access.

A planner both by nature and profession, though, I had packed an emergency glass in my overnight case, along with my toothbrush and a clean pair of socks.

The “Pop-Up Wine Glass” collapsible wine glass promises to let you drink in style no matter the situation. In practice, it delivered. Enjoying a glass of wine in my new mini-bathtub after a hard day of hauling boxes up three of stairs was worth every penny this glass cost ($14.99 at a gadget store in Old Montreal. Available on-line from Amazon.com).

The cup comes in a little carry case, with the bottom forming the base of the glass (and a serves as a wee coaster to boot). It’s a telescoping glass, folding down into a 3 inch cylinder and opening up into a tulip-shaped flute. At first, my wine did drip but a little twist to tighten the seams and the problem was solved.

Folds nice and small

I’m not sure how sturdy this glass is, the plastic is hard and would not stand up to too much wear and tear. I would not wash it in the dishwasher. However, it’s compact, more or less leak-proof, and is certainly nicer than a metal camping cup for those evenings around the campfire or at the cottage.

Classy wine by the campfire.

Wine on the go!

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Although trained as a sommelier, I pay my bills working as an IT consultant. I love what I do for a living and keep wine as my hobby. As it looks bad if you only drink, I have occasionally been known to eat as well. Growing up on four different continents, I love to cook and appreciate the cuisines of the world. But wine is my passion. With a well-stocked cellar, I am always on the hunt for new wines and love hearing from people about their latest find or interesting pairing. My approach to wine: Drink what you like. Wine reviews need not be stuffy. Numerical ratings are meaningless. If it tastes good, drink it! If you don’t like it, then it’s not the wine for you.