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Sometimes all you need is a tennis shoe and the ingenuitive  wherewithal to enjoy some vino.

I recently watched a [Link Removed] of two guys opening a bottle of wine with a tennis shoe and their teeth. The wine bottle opening method is ingenious, and watching it makes me think of all the paraphernalia that exists for wine lovers these days. Clothing, dishes, garden art, greeting cards – the list of stuff you can get to enhance the wine drinking experience is pretty much endless.

Which is why I've been in a Denver wine equipment shop three times in the last three weeks. Each time I needed a quick, unique gift and all the recipients are wine connoisseurs. Plus, I was in a hurry. Equipement de Vin at 1412 Larimer Street in downtown Denver is the shop I can't stay away from. Walking into it is like walking into an adult, wine-drinker's Disneyland. Over there spectacular decanters sparkle β€” other there the most unique wine glasses you'll ever see draw you in β€” over there a wall of copper garden art with clever wine sayings beckons.

Most of all, I like ingenuity. That's why I like the video of a couple of guys on a sidewalk using a concrete wall, a little muscle and jaw power to get to their vino. I'm a cynic and have enjoyed years of wonderful wine drinking using little more than a hardware-store bought corkscrew and Walmart glasses.

However, I hospiced a dying sister a few years ago and a friend, not knowing how or what to do to help the family crisis, presented me with a gift-wrapped set of beautifully etched Italian wine glasses. I love those glasses. I saw the likes of them when I visited Italy years ago. They're small and intricately etched and those glasses somehow laugh at all our "bigness" about which glass to use to drink what.

Ninety percent of the wine I drink today gets first poured into those sweet Italian glasses my friend gave me. By sheer coincidence, I learned this past week that she'd snagged them at Equipement de Vin.

Moral of this story? Even cynics can appreciate nice, appropriate, artistic wine equipment. So do your friends and yourself a wine enjoyment favor and upgrade a thing or two in your wine equipment drawer already.

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