If you want to stopper a bottle to transport it or save it for a short time, most any wine bottle stopper will do. The main considerations are how well they seal (in case the bottle tips over) and whether you want other features. Aesthetics also come into play as they always do in considering wine accessories. Here are seven that we recommend to help you choose.
1. Outset Silicone Wine Bottle Stoppers, Set of 4
Outset makes cute, colorful wine stoppers that are a steal at just $2 each.
Toss a handful of them into your favorite wine tote and you’re ready to go.
They’re made of silicone and create a perfect, air-tight seal. The tops are also flexible which makes them easy to remove when it’s time to pour again. We also love that they’re durable and dishwasher safe.
2. Rabbit Wine Bottle Stoppers, Set of 4
If you prefer a stopper designed to fit more diverse bottle types, these Rabbit wine bottle stoppers are perfect.
They’re tapered and have a ribbed mid-section so they’ll fit tightly into narrower bottles.
They’re made of durable rubber and stainless steel, ensuring they won’t crack, fade, or rust. If you need a small gift or stocking stuffer for someone, these will always be a hit.
You can never have too many of them!
3. ERHIRY Wine Bottle Stopper
If you are a big wine lover, you would know that drinking a bottle of wine is often not a good idea, and thus, should you only desire a glass or two on a Friday night, leaving a premium wine bottle open halfway full will quickly fade the flavor and smell of the beverage.
To preserve the quality and flavor of your beverage, many wine lovers tend to use a wine bottle stopper, which does just that.
So, if you are on the lookout for a high-quality wine bottle stopper, you’d be happy to hear about this great product by ERHIRY.
Thanks to its 100 percent anti-leakage seal, your wine will be kept perfectly fresh and flavor-rich for up to ten days, giving you the opportunity to not rush with drinking your favorite beverage.
If you are yet to use a wine bottle stopper, there’s no need to worry because it’s very simple to operate. You just have to insert the stopper into the bottle and press the lever tightly to seal the bottle airtight. The design of the bottle stopper is further equipped with high-quality stainless steel and a metal wire that enhances and maintains its performance for the long term.
While you can use this stopper for wine bottles and regular beverages, it is not recommended for champagne and sparkling wine bottles.
- It is very easy to operate
- Stylish and compact design
- Preserves quality and flavor of your beverage
- It does not work with champagne and sparkling wine bottles
4. ERHIRY Stainless Steel Wine Bottle Stopper
For a simple stainless steel stopper, we recommend the ERHIRY.
Just slip the plug into neck of the wine bottle, pull the lever down, and you’ll have a perfectly sealed bottle of wine.
We also love how easy it is to unstopper by lifting the handle again.
No pulling or struggling is necessary.
This stopper is also stylish, compact, and fits all standard wine bottles.
5. OXO SteeL Wine Stopper and Pourer
For a great dual-purpose wine stopper, we recommend the OXO SteeL.
It fits over the top of the bottle creating a wonderful, drip-free pourer.
When you’re ready to close the bottle, just gently pull the lever to engage the sealing mechanism inside.
It’s also highly durable, made of stainless steel. We love the extra utility of the pourer and the overall simplicity of its design.
This is a must have for your kitchen drawer.
6. Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver
The Vacu Vin is a very popular wine stopper system that also preserves the wine for a short time.
Just insert the stopper and connect the small pump that comes with it.
As you pump, it creates a vacuum inside the bottle which will both secure the stopper and remove enough oxygen to protect the wine from spoiling for up to a week.
This is a popular choice among wine lovers because it’s one of the simplest wine preservation kits available.
7. Repour Wine Saver
The Repour is a wine stopper that is also a wine saver.
This ingenious product was funded in a Kickstarter a few years ago and we’re glad to see it commercially available now.
It’s a “smart stopper” that has an oxygen-absorbing cartridge on the inside. This means it not only protects the wine from oxygen on the outside of the bottle, it clears oxygen on the inside.
You can’t store the bottle on its side as you can with a normal silicone stopper, plus the capacity of the scrubber is limited to use with a single bottle of wine.
Still, this simple little stopper will allow you to save a bottle for months.
Simply putting a stopper in a bottle of unfinished wine won’t preserve it.
Once oxygen has entered the bottle, evaporation will begin releasing some of the volatiles. The wine will also oxidize, changing its smoothness and flavor. This process will continue as long as oxygen is present, though eventually it will not be drinkable anymore.
So if you’re going to let a bottle sit for days, weeks, or longer, you should look into using a wine preservation system. If you just need to transport an open bottle or store it overnight, however, a simple wine bottle stopper will suffice.
Cork vs. Silicone Wine Stoppers
Many people ask whether the stopper material makes a difference in how well the wine lasts.
The answer is a resounding yes if you’re talking about long term storage of wine. As experts are fond of saying, “cork is king” when it comes to aging wine.
This is because cork is naturally porous, which means oxygen entry into the bottle is well-controlled. We store bottles horizontally so that the wine touches the cork, too, so that it expands for a better seal.
There’s always the danger that the wine may become “corked,” which gives it a dank, astringent taste, but improvements in cork production have reduced this problem significantly in recent years.
Silicone stoppers aren’t great for aging wines because they tend to shrink after a few years, causing leaks.
They also completely block contact with oxygen. This means they’re not ideal for cellaring, but they’re fine for wines that will be consumed relatively soon. The same is true of screwcaps. Wine stoppers are an easy wine seal for you.