Opening a bottle of wine can often lead to surprises. No, not surprises because of what happens while consuming the adult beverage, but rather having to do with the wine itself. Like many imbibables, it is meant to be enjoyed at a particular temperature -- but wine enjoys the reputation of being very specific as to its serving temperature.
Coaxing wine to its correct serving temperature often involves walking a tightrope between the kitchen countertop and the refrigerator. Stored in the fridge, red wine becomes too cold; stored at room temperature it can be too warm (at least here in California). And of course, leaving a bottle of white out on the counter while drinking just warms it up to the point where the last glass is nothing like the first.
There is a simple solution that makes drinking wine as easy as going to the fridge. The Waring Pro PC1000 Digital Wine Chiller/Warmer ($100, £98) keeps things together by offering not one, not two, but 33 different temperature settings.
Better yet, the wine box (not boxed wine) holds the temperature for open bottles as well as sealed, so the first glass will be the same as the last. Any other surprises you'll just have to supply on your own.