Wine Gadget Review: The Wine Spike – “Don’t Spill Your Wine – Spike it!”

The World of Social Media can be funny; I can post the most serious, (self perceived) insightful post or blog and get little response, and then sometimes get large immediate responses to random things.

Last Tuesday at the weekly Healdsburg Music on the Square, I posted this pic and comment:

Love my wine spike :)  http://tweetphoto.com/36680681

And got 5 responses back on Twitter in seconds and 3 on Facebook.

This was enough to spur me into action for an idea I have been percolating for awhile: Wine Gadget reviews. I am a closet geek and love gadgets; both techie and conventional. Lately I have also been approached for input on iPhone apps, gadgets etc and thought why not share these with readers, so tada, welcome to the new feature.

I stumbled across the Wine Spike some months ago on their Facebook site. At that time they didn’t have online ordering, and being the busy geek that I am, waited until they did. Luckily this was on time for the many Outdoor musics events we have Sonoma, including the one I am going to all afternoon today in Petaluma.

“Please drink responsibly, use a Wine, Beer, or Beverage Spike!”

This is the slogan for the product on their web page, along with things like “Don’t Spill Your Wine – Spike it!”

The wine spikes come in a variety of price points, styles, colors. There are (as of now) clearance spikes starting as low as $10, to $35 for premium, with a wide range in between. Spikes can be ordered as single or double glass holders, and even have a stand option so can be used indoors.There is a wide array of colors, designs (expanded since I bought mine) and wood tones. You can even have them customized with your company’s logo.

How Do They Work

I bought two singles and one double to test. I wasn’t sure how some of the colors would look with the wood, so went for a natural wood tone. They are relatively lightweight, but well constructed. The Spike is solid, and once pushed into the ground, is firmly planted.

This won’t win an Academy award, but I thought a little film demonstration might be fun.

Even larger glasses fairly full aren’t going anywhere. Playing around, I discovered stemless glasses like Riedel O series and GoVino can rest ok on the top of these…if the round hole was a tad larger would fit more securely, but its still better than sitting it on the grass.

Tip:

Save the plastic tubing they ship with; the spikes aren’t razor sharp, but are designed to stick in the ground, and could poke through a bag or backpack. I wrap mine in a towel or the blanket.

Wishlist:

I’d like to see an all wire metal frame version, maybe with a tribal or SouthWestern Kokopelli US kinda of theme.

Overall:

I couldn’t be more pleased and will be putting to maximum use today at the Petaluma Music Festival.

Upcoming Reviews:

I have a few more in my hopper, and am taking reader requests/input, and samples for future articles. Next few planned are:

  • Wine storage containers/bags for travel
  • Portable stemware (am seeking containers as well; why Riedel doesn’t have a hard case for ‘O” escapes me.
  • Wine aeration devices: Vinturi, Wine Soiree, etc

Hope you enjoy; feel free to ask questions, make comments below – cheers!

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6 Responses to “Wine Gadget Review: The Wine Spike – “Don’t Spill Your Wine – Spike it!””

  • Joe:

    One of those simple ideas I wish I’d thought of first.

    Granted, I don’t know how well I’d do on “Pitchmen” selling this…

  • Lynette Neasbitt:

    I have 2 of the wine spikes and absolutely love them. Great item.

  • The spike is so totally overdue. Hospitality directors with any sort of sloping vineyard need these for outdoor tastings/tours. I would refer these to Candice at Chappellet (notice what’s going on toward the end of this post: http://vinebuzz.biz/node/60 , because this is the environment in which she gets the concept of the Chappellet Vineyard and Winery across to the private tours and tastings groups through her exquisitely beautiful storytelling. You see it in the faces. Also, we spilled a bit too much when my group went up the hill with her.

  • Found this as I was searching for wine spikes. We are in Hawaii and my husband hand turns wonderful koa spikes with Riedel glasses. Different style, the glass is attached to the spike and you just stick it in the grass or the sand. Hope it is not inappropriate for me to post this here, but they are really beautiful as well as useful. His website is:
    http://www.konapete.com.

    Thanks and aloha,
    Joyce

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