As wine has become more popular in Japan, an increasing number of related goods have appeared on the shelves of the nation's shops.

Of these, what's needed first and foremost is an opener to get at the bottle's contents without too much trouble. Although there are many kinds of corkscrews on the market, those who still have problems twisting and pulling may find their prayers answered by the French firm Le Creset. All the eager quaffer has to do to operate their Screwpull is turn a handle to drive the screw into the cork -- which is then pulled out at the same time.

With that hurdle overcome, it's hardly seemly to be imbibe straight from the bottle -- which is where glasses come in. Not that a glass is a glass is a glass, of course, as the fashion for wine-drinking has spread worldwide.