You’ve invested in a set of crystal Cabernet glasses and added yet another $100 Napa Valley specialty to your collection.
But for lawyers looking to take their wine hobby to the next level, that’s only the beginning.
As wine has proliferated in popularity, so too have wine accessories—and any good wine collector knows to stockpile books and gadgets too. With that in mind, we’ve detailed some of the best that any oenophile lawyer should have in their possession.
The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil
If you’re into wine and don’t have this book on your shelf, we’re not so sure you can really call yourself a wine lover. The Wine Bible, a tome of about 1,000 pages, is both fascinating and approachable, and is the single best-selling wine book of all time in the U.S.
Judgment of Paris by George M. Taber
Do you know about the Paris Tasting of 1976? Being a self-professed wine lover and not knowing about this mythic event is like being a lawyer who’s never heard of Brown v. Board of Education! Which is to say, the Paris Tasting of 1976 was a landmark occasion that changed the world of wine forever.
The New Wine Rules by Jon Bonné
The New Wine Rules is for those who want to learn as much as they can about wine and what they like. It’s specifically for those who want to avoid obeying the overly complicated, traditional rules that can make wine feel less like a fun hobby and more like a stressful job (and really, we’ve got enough job stress already).
Wine Folly by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack
Looking to take your understanding of wine to the next level? Curl up with a copy of Wine Folly, which breaks down more than 100 different varieties of grapes, helps explain the variances between wine from different countries, and includes an entire section on wine pairings.
You’ve probably had some manner of corkscrew since your undergrad days, but now that you’re a wine collector with a J.D., it’s time to level up. The market is oversaturated with nifty wine openers that go above and beyond the basic utilitarian models, so the best fit for you comes down to personal preference. If you like a more manual, hands-on approach, the Original Rabbit is an industry favorite. If you’d rather save your energy for lifting wine glasses to your lips, you might prefer a rechargeable electronic wine opener, of which options abound.
Unless you’re blessed with a basement with year-round temperatures in the 50s, you’ll want to consider a wine fridge. Wine fridges allow you to store your wine at a temperature that promotes a successful aging process, which in turn can help your wine last longer and possibly even taste better when it’s time to pop the cork. No, you cannot store your wine in a regular refrigerator (trust us), but wine fridges are now available in any size and price range, from less than $100 to store a few bottles to thousands and thousands for the lawyer looking to house a large collection.
Many wine collectors will give their wine time to breathe before enjoying a glass by pouring it into a decanter and letting it sit a while. If you’d rather speed up the process, consider an aerator, which helps the less desirable (read: less tasty) elements of wine evaporate faster than the more flavorful and aromatic ones. Aerators are fun gadgets to break out when you’re entertaining, and can help wine “open up” and become more expressive.
We’ve shied away from brand names for most of this list because there’s a lot of quality out there, and like with choosing your favorite vintner, much comes down to personal preference. However, when it comes to wine preservation systems, no one beats Coravin. As you’ve learned by now, opened wine will go bad within a handful of days as it oxidizes. This presents a challenge for those of us who crave a glass or two, but don’t want to commit to a full bottle. Coravin allows you to enjoy as much wine as you want without removing the cork. They don’t come cheap, but spending power is part of why you chose a career in law, right?