There's no need to tilt the bottle to dispense wine from the skybar thanks to its pouring mechanism. When you open a bottle before placing it inside a skybar wine chamber, remove all bits of cork and foil around the neck. Then, place the tube extending from the pour assembly into the bottle of wine and fit the bottle stopper at the top of the tube inside the neck of the bottle. That rubber stopper ensures skybar's vacuum technology that facilitates the wine dispensing and storing will function properly. After the tube and stopper fit are locked in place inside the wine bottle, you can replace the pouring assembly in the skybar and close the chamber door. To reduce the chance of wine stains on your floor or furniture, the kitchen sink is the wisest place to complete this process.
Once you're ready for a sip, simply press the button at the top edge of the chamber, and the wine will come out of the pour spout into your glass, not unlike a fancy keg tap. Sediment from wine gathers at the bottom of bottles, which isn't pleasant to drink. To prevent skybar users from swilling a glass of these dregs, the bottom of the bottle tube curves upward.
When you've had your fill of wine but haven't finished the bottle, the skybar can extend the life of the remains. Generally, a corked bottle of wine sitting on the counter will hold for barely two days. That's because of a chemical reaction called oxidation that occurs when oxygen makes contact with the wine, leading to compound-altering reactions. Signs of oxygen include darkened color in the wine, sharp odor and spoiled taste. Through patented vacuum technology, the skybar Wine System halts oxidation by removing the oxygen from the wine bottle while the chamber is set on preservation mode. An open bottle of wine can last for up to 10 days inside of the skybar.
If dropping a grand on a three-in-one wine cooler, dispenser and preserver doesn't add up in your budget, don't forget about the box. Boxed wine companies have recently started marketing higher-end wines that you can nip on over the course of a month. The plastic bladder inside the box won't tell you when its contents have reached prime sipping temperature, but after a few glasses, you won't care anyway.
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