You’ve opened a bottle of your favorite wine, enjoyed a few glasses and now it’s time to go. There are several ways to preserve the remains of the day but if you’re looking for an easy, light-weight, collapsible container to pack and enjoy your wine wherever you go the PlatyPreserve made by Cascade offers a portable system that promises to keep your vino enjoyable for weeks.
The Seattle-based, outdoor gear company designs hydration and water filtration systems for backcountry hikers, bikers and campers and repurposed the technology to preserve wine. The PlatyPreserve stores the remains of each bottle in a sealable pouch safe from oxygen exposure. If not properly preserved wine can go bad in as little as 2 to 8 hours so protecting the taste of an opened bottle of wine by completely eliminating the presence of oxygen means that it can live a little longer and you have the flexibility to enjoy another glass at your leisure.
Team Billy Goat Members
Eric,our marketing director, is spending the week mountain biking in the Nantahala National Forest in southwestern North Carolina. For the last 15 years he and a group of friends (Team Billy Goat) have a biking bromanace once a year camping and riding the trails on land said to more closely resemble coffee spatters than official survey lines.
More than 516,000 acres cut across the crest of mountain ranges and waterfalls to the river valleys and lakes below making the trail loops and switchbacks of the Nantahala bikeway a popular destination for off-road bycycling.
Like any white, green and red-blooded Italian male, Eric wants, needs and must have his morning espresso but sitting around the camfire on a brisk cold morning waiting for your Moka pot to boil may not be the best way to tackle the 4-loop trails of the Tsali. So on next year’s ride we’re having him trail test the Handpresso Espresso Wild, a portable handheld espresso machine that weighs just 2.05 pounds. Perfect for espresso to go. The Handpresso Wild pulls a 16 bar pressure, just as high and in some cases, higher than an electric espresso machine but uses power you create manually, much like with a bicycle pump. There are two models, one that uses pre-packaged E.S.E. pods or one that uses freshly ground coffee beans. All you need is hot water, which is easily made over your fire. All I would need is a Brioche S’more made with Nutella to make me one happy camper.