Metrokane, founded in 1983 by Riki Kane and headquartered in New York, is well-known for its Rabbit® line of sleek and widely advertised wine bottle openers and other accessories, but what I urge My Readers to acquire are the incredibly low-tech, remarkably inexpensive yet highly efficient bottle stoppers. The problem has plagued wine drinkers since the first waiter opened an amphora and poured a beaker of wine for a patron in, oh, 463 B.C.: How do you keep the rest of the wine fresh in the bottle for the next few days? Now, of course, restaurants have costly systems for keeping their wine-by-the-glass bottles viable, but the home consumer can’t indulge in such mechanisms; all we want is a simple device that will keep the sparkle going in a bottle of Champagne or retain the quality of a bottle of red or white wine so we can enjoy them for more than one fleeting occasion.

I did not receive these fairly cute little objects as review samples, nor did Metrokane ask me to endorse them. In fact, this post marks the first time that I have mentioned any kind of product other than a beverage on BiggerThanYourHead since its inception in December 2006. LL bought a pair of these Rabbit bottle stoppers at Bed Bath and Beyond. The suggested retail price is a mere $4 a pair.

We drank half a bottle of Besserat de Bellefon Cuvee des Moines Brut Champagne on the evening of June 12th for LL’s birthday. I jammed one of the Rabbit bottle stoppers in it and stuck it in the fridge, and we left for vacation the next day.

Last night, July 6 — 24 days later — I pulled the stopper out of the bottle with a distinct “POP!” and poured us each a flute of the Champagne. It was lovely; it displayed a fine bead of tiny bubbles, no, not the fountain of bubbles it offered more than three weeks previously, but delightful and effervescent nonetheless, and it tasted just fine, thank you very much. And we drank the rest of the bottle.

I have tried many sorts of bottle stoppers; sometimes it seems as if I have tried every kind. All failed eventually.

These little devices are so simple that they seem almost counter-intuitive. Point is: They work.