6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Vinni Wine Bag
Whether you’re bringing a favorite Pinot to a summer hostess or carrying a bottle of olive oil home from an Italian vacation, pack it securely away in this inflatable, altitude-safe bag. The interior air cushion will protect against high impact and fluctuating temperatures, which will prevent against leakage.
To buy: $30, flight001.com.
Featured June 2013
Freezable Chill It Bottle Wrap
Who wants to sip warm Chardonnay on a hot summer day? Wrap this insulated wine sleeve around a bottle of white to keep it cool while dining outdoors. When not in use, stow it in the freezer to chill.
To buy: $6, thecoolsack.com.
The next time unexpected guests drop by and there's no Pinot Grigio chilling in the fridge, you won't need to panic (or pull out the ice bucket!). Simply keep these stainless steel orbs, filled with food-grade freeze gel, chilling in the freezer and they will instantly cool whites and bring reds (ideal for sipping at cellar temperatures) down to ideal serving conditions.
To buy: $25 for four, uncommongoods.com.
Glide Clip and Clean
Clip this sleek device to your knife to effortlessly and safely slide chopped food—think sticky garlic—down the blade and onto the cutting board. The best part is that your fingers never have to get dirty. Fits most cooking knives.
To buy: $8 for two, quirky.com.
Vivinio Wine Scanner
Next time you're out enjoying a Pinot, it’ll be a cinch to remember the brand so you can purchase that bottle again. Simply snap a photo of the label and this free app will scan and analyze it, add it to your personal wine list, and use its handy “nearby” feature to locate a store that carries that bottle in your area.
Nothing can darken a sunny day like a painful sunburn. Ensure you don’t get scorched by using this free app, which utilizes your phone’s GPS to tell you how strong the sun is at your current location. Based on the UV index in your area, it will recommend the type of sun protection (sunscreen? hat? sunglasses?) you need. Plus, you can set alerts so you’ll know when it's time to reapply.
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