Newsletter Signup | Subscribe to Magazine

WWMD (What would Margaret drink?)


Margaret Pearman is a certified sommelier under the Court of Master Sommeliers and is responsible for curating the award-winning wine list at Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte.

Wine toys
Last-minute gifts from local stores are my Christmas tradition. Giving the gift of wine gadgets is a great idea for the experienced oenophile and the novice alike.

Here is a list of my top 9 wine toys:
1. Coravin Pivot Combines stopper and preservation devices to keep wine fresh for up to four weeks. Available at Rollers Wine and Cheese. $99. 2. Franmara Mighty Pull Electric Cork Screw Easily opens a bottle of wine in 6 seconds without straining. Available at Rollers Wine and Cheese. $30. 3. Schott Zweisel Cru Wine Glasses This glass collection integrates Tritan technology for added strength and seamless design. Available at Le Cookery. All cost under $20. 4. Finest Catch Bottle Opener Seriously sleek and stylish double-hinged corkscrew in the shape of a fish. Available at Pretty Papers. $25. 5. Peugeot The Cadillac of prong cork extractors; a necessary tool for those who open bottles of wine older than 10 years; a bonus that it’s practically already wrapped. Available at Le Cookery. $30. 6. Oenophilia Longboard Serving Tray A really cool way to serve your friends wine. Available at Le Cookery. $50. 7. Vinturi Wine Aerator For younger bottles of wine that need to open up, just click on this attachment and pour. Available at Rollers Wine and Cheese. $30. 8. Micheal Aram Coral Wine holder and stopper It’s always a good idea to showcase a bottle of wine. Available at Pretty Papers. $150. 9. Chirpy Top Wine Pourer Perfect for a stocking stuffer, this wine stopper actually chirps when you pour! Available at Le Cookery. $26.