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We've heard about using a spoon to preserve Champagne, but no one's ever told us to stick a gherkin in it. That is, until this breaking news arrived in our inbox:

For all the salt suckin' pickle lovers out there, we all know there's no better way to keep your wine at its freshest than with a pickle. But who likes all that briny aftertaste? Now you can have your pickle shoved into your most precious Chianti without fear of spoilin the taste of the liver and fava beans.

Problem solved: You can buy this pinot-preserving pickle-shaped silicone bottle stopper at Gadgets and Gear for $8.95. Whew.

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