Put A Lid On It!

By Tamra Botlon

I have a few “pet peeves”…among them are coffee cup handles turned every which way in a cabinet, drivers who don’t know how to use their turn indicators, and gnats.

Yes, gnats.  Those summertime pests that seem to appear out of nowhere, does anyone really know how they get into your house?  Or swarm your patio?  Is there a gnat alliance somewhere that pinpoints the exact moment you relax and boom, they immediately dispatch a squadron of gnats to annoy you and dive-bomb into your freshly poured glass of wine?

This happens to me all the time in the months of June, July and August.  Sometimes, I wonder if there is a gnat contract out on me, they are so determined to destroy my peace.  Well…this year, I finally found something to thwart the gnat patrol; these lovely silicone lids that fit over the top of my glass.  Mine is a Charles Viancin Hibiscus Flower lid, but you can find a variety of styles and manufacturers on-line.  These cute little helpers keep the nasty gnats at bay and if you’re a slow sipper, they keep the wine from too much oxygen exposure.  I don’t think that was the intended use, but I am always coming up with ways to use things in a different way.  Maybe it’s because I never read the directions.

And if you’re wondering, no, I did not get paid to mention this product; I just like to pass neat finds and tips along to my friends and family.  And you as a reader of my blog are part of my virtual family!  Do you have a favorite summertime wine gadget or tip to share? Please pass it along so I can share it with the rest of the Best Bottle family.

Until next time, keep the gnats out of your wine, your disposition sunny and remember, we are not in charge.  And that my friend, is the best news of all!