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Yes, It Works -- But Do You Want It?
on September 4, 2012
The Skybar wine cover seems like the type of product that you give to a person who has everything. When you place a bottle of wine, preferably white, in the center and cover it, the base lights up to illuminate the wine bottle while the cover holds in the chill, making it unnecessary to plunge it into an ice bath which will chill the wine too much.
The base is a silver-colored plastic with a black plastic underside, and it is shaped like a flying saucer. The center disk of the base is spring-floating so that the weight of a wine bottle depresses it slightly to turn on the bluish LED lights. THEN, it really resembles a flying saucer. The double-walled clear plastic topper fits over the bottle to hold it the chill already in the wine for a couple of hours. If you dine outside, it's great to keep hungry wasps and flies out of the open bottle. It comes with four AA batteries that fit into the bottom of the base.
Although the Skybar works exactly as advertised, the question I found myself asking is "Why buy this?" The answer isn't entirely obvious, although it would make an unusual wedding or housewarming gift. In my case, I started resenting it a bit when I went to find a place to store it -- it takes up a fair amount of space. And then I had to ask myself whether I would take it out to display white wine during a party. The problem then becomes where to put the top when pouring wine. Besides, at a party, the wine goes so quickly that I'd be replacing the display bottle almost as soon as I opened it. To me, the Skybar is more useful on a night when my husband and I want to share a bottle of wine but anticipate spreading out our glasses over the course of a couple of hours -- any longer than that, and the wine would be room temperature.
While it works as advertised and while it makes a bottle of wine a nice focal point on a bar or table, its practical use is questionable.
-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann