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Jan 13, 2013 08:43 PM

Pouring wine, and avoiding drips

We saw a metal disc / ring around the neck of an uncorked wine bottle at dinner recently. Presumably the "ring" was there to catch drips. Is there a name for this device and where can one be purchased? Basically it looked like a napkin ring and rested in the middle of the bottle's neck.

I thought of just using an actual napkin ring. But I'm not sure if it would fit properly, plus I guess it would have to be heavy enough to not fall off in the wine glass when wine is poured. I know Vacuvin (or a similar company) makes an inexpensive plastic contraption that serves this purpose, but I'm looking for something more attractive and less utilitarian-looking.

A related question. To avoid the drips in the first place, I guess you're supposed to kind of twist the bottle after the pour. Sometimes this works for me, but not consistently so. Is it a matter of more practice? Or do even pros sometimes dribble?

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  1. Practice. It's all in the wrist.

    1. It's called a drip collar or a drip ring. They come in all sorts of designs & finishes - just Google the terms and you'll come up with tons of options.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Thanks! Sure enough, I've come up with a bunch of options.

        The Amazon reviews are a bit mixed, however. Apparently, the rings don't fit on all bottle necks. Okay, if the ring doesn't fit, so be it I guess. Unlike my friend's, the rings in the picture seem to fit snugly so the base of the ring is parallel with the base of the bottle. My friend's didn't do that which I thought looked attractive ... it had a kind of casual elegance. But at least one of the reviews complained that the ring came loose when you pour the last wine out of the bottle. In that case, I guess it's probably better to have the ring fit snugly on the neck after all, huh?

        Ultimately, do these things work? What's people's experience? If the darn thing has a tendency to fall off and land in a glass or something it hardly seems worth the effort! In that case I might as well leave things alone or, ugh, go the practical route of getting one of the neoprene sleeves advertised.

      2. Have someone teach you how to rotate the bottle clockwise or counter-clockwise as you finish pouring. It's a tactic that effectively eliminates drips.

        However, all the people I know who pour professionally, especially at events or tastings, always have a napkin or cloth in the non-bottle hand to quickly wipe the lip of the bottle so that drips/drops don't get on the tablecloth.

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        1. re: maria lorraine

          Yeah, I do the rotation thing but I can't always guarantee that there won't be a drip; with red wine, especially, that is obviously a real nuisance. But if even the pros always have something handy to wipe drips I suspect I too will have to a backup plan.

        2. That neck thing is OK to stop a drop of wine at the top of the bottle dribbling down the bottle when the bottle is placed upright. but I don't think it will stop drips when the bottle is horizontal or tilted, as when you pour.

          What we use at tastings is what we colloquially call a 'Drip Stop' which is a thin silver coloured Mylar disk about 1 - 1.5 inches diameter which you curl into a tube and stick in the neck of the bottle. It makes a drip free spout - and makes it easier to pour.

          The things cost peanuts and if you go to wine events you'll often find them given away as gifts or promos with an advert printed on one side.

          Of course you can buy them -- they'll likely have them in a decent wine shop and winery gift shop and online - this link is to because it has a picture of one in action

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          1. re: Gussie Finknottle

            +1 on the drip stops -- they work well, and I see them used all the time in wineries.

            The drip collar isn't a napkin ring, really -- the inside of it is foam with a fabric covering - it actually soaks up the drips as they go past.

            1. re: sunshine842

              I'm curious to see one of those "drip stops" in action, given the positive feedback. I was about to order a couple on Amazon but now I'm concerned whether it really makes sense for us, "us" being two people who typically do not finish a bottle of wine in one sitting. In that case it sounds as if we would need to remove the drip stop before recorking the wine (strictly speaking, it would be using a vacuvin stopper and pumping the air out), and then reinserting the drip stop the next time we have wine. Sounds like a lot of work!

              Thanks, sunshine, for the clarification on the wine ring-thing

              1. re: uwsgrazer

                The drip ring is just a ring that drops over the next of the bottle. Pulls right off -- no biggie.

                The drip stop is a thin circle of mylar that you roll up and put in the neck of the bottle -- total weight is a few grams -- a child can roll it up. Removing it is no more involved than picking up a piece of paper....far less work than inserting the vacuvin and pumping the air out. If you can manually pull the foil off of a bottle of wine, you can certainly pull out a thin little piece of plastic.

                  1. re: boredough

                    That looks great. I think I'll order that!

                    1. re: boredough

                      Just used it tonight. Worked like a charm! Thanks for the idea. It's quite attractive, too. Certainly unobtrusive.

                    2. re: uwsgrazer

                      <Sounds like a lot of work!>

                      It's not at all. and it keeps the drips off the tablecloth

                  2. re: Gussie Finknottle

                    drip stop - works perfectly, cheap, reusable.

                    1. re: Gussie Finknottle

                      Another fan of the Drip Stop (or whatever it's called)--have saved several white damask table cloths. Cheap, but even if it weren't, would be well worth the money. We now give them with every bottle of wine that we gift.

                    2. A quick fix is to tie a white cloth or paper napkin around the neck.

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                      1. re: PolarBear

                        Funny, I was just thinking that myself. I have some decent linen napkins I no longer use. I think I may give them a try, first.

                        1. re: uwsgrazer

                          please remember that the first drop of red wine will stain linen napkins, and within a few uses, they'll be grotty and grungy-looking, even after laundering.

                            1. re: sunshine842

                              If you have black napkins you're ok. ;)

                              1. re: mrsfury

                                Unless the wine is white. I mean, really white.

                              2. re: sunshine842

                                This is why my pastor has politely deflected my offers to provision the Cathedral with red sacramental wine. He muttered something about his sacristans killing him. He did accept the wine for entertaining the Archbishop, though...