As a food and drink writer, I get the opportunity to try out a lot of gadgets that purport to make my drinking life easier. Not that I don’t appreciate them, but the drawers of my liquor cabinet are full of things to cool my drinks, tools to aerate and decant wine, strainers, bottle stoppers, collars that fit around bottlenecks to prevent dripping and strainers to filter out the sediment in aged wines. It’s frankly getting to be a bit of a mess in there, and I usually just keep the drawer shut.
So I was quite excited to hear about the Tempour from www.sorieehome.com, a product which purported to do all those things at once. And you know what? It might just be the solution to my clutter problems.
The Tempour is a very attractive device, all modern and sleek-looking and made from stainless steel and silicon gaskets. The top half of the Tempour is a combination stopper/pour spout, omnigasket and aerator/strainer. The lower half is a chilling rod that screws off to store in your freezer. It’s all very intuitive and easy-to-use.
But how does it work? Quite nicely, thank you. First you pour a few ounces of liquid out of the bottle to prevent the possibility of overflowing as the Tempour displaces space in the bottle when you insert it. No problem there … I’m always willing to try a little sample of every bottle I open anyway. Y’know, just to make sure it hasn’t gone bad or anything.
If you wish to chill your wine before drinking, just remove the chilling rod from your freezer and screw it on the bottom before inserting the Tempour. Be careful though, since the very cold stainless steel can damage your skin. If you’re patient, leave the chilling rod in the bottle for about a half hour and it will bring room temperature wine down to drinking temp. They even include a handy-dandy chart to tell you what is the best drinking temperature to drink your wine. We tend to drink our whites too cold and our reds too warm, so follow accordingly.
If you aren’t willing to wait, you can just pour through the Tempour right away and it will cool it by about 5 degrees while it passes through the aerator. While that’s not optimal, it will do in a pinch.
The combination of the pour spout and aerator does slow the flow of your pour considerably, so hopefully you’re not that impatient. The benefits of aerating your wine are worth the wait. The pour spout also prevents that annoying drip down the side of a bottle which has led to nasty red stains on more than one white tablecloth in my house, so the Tempour can pay for itself just in that way.
The Tempour is dishwasher-safe, but the manufacturer suggests hand-washing without the use of abrasive soaps and drying with a soft towel. For what could become your favorite wine tool, you’ll want to take care of it!
The Tempour is available from the soireehome.com website.
What I Like: Does a nice job cooling and aerating wine before drinking. Makes even a cheap bottle of wine look like a million bucks.
What Needs Improvement: It’s a little expensive for a pour spout, but when you consider all the tools it could replace, it’s a bargain. Individual aerators and decanters certainly do a better job of those tasks, but the Tempour is a great all-in-one solution.
Source: Review sample provided by manufacturer.