In this week’s SIP o’ the week column, I’m featuring a wine gadget whereas I normally write about particular wines, cocktails, beers, etc. I’d like to introduce Üllo ($79.99) a nifty wine purifier that takes up very little space in your wine cellar or at the table.
Üllo handles a couple of chores very well. First of all, it “captures” sulfites in wine with Üllo’s Selective Sulfite Capture. And second, Üllo also serves as a weapon for aerating wine. You know when wine geefs slosh wine around in their oversized wine glasses? Well, what they are doing is aerating the wine – adding oxygen, which can help bring the wine alive and highlight nuances – good or bad.
Üllo is simple to use: Just pour wine from the bottle into a decanter or glass with Üllo on top. I think you’ll be surprised at how important aerating wines is – white or red – in order to fully appreciate the beautiful juice in the wine bottle. A wine expert friend of mine – who really is into aerating wines – will take a bottle of uncorked white wine, and then shake the bejesus out of it, thereby aerating it. If you don’t want to be seen in restaurants manhandling wine bottles, I highly recommend Üllo. It’s small and portable enough to fit in a purse, backpack, wine bag, and is perfect for picnics where there’s wine.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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