Wine Things (Shameless Commerce)

For those days when you don’t want to kneel at the edge of the table and drink it straight from the box…

Wine Decanter

Perfect for holding your red wine. Hand crafted by the most highly committed European craftsmen. This classically formed wine decanter is designed for aged reds. The wide body allows the wine to breath. The sharp shoulder will prevent any residue from entering the glass. Use with a single 750 ml bottle of wine. 9”;, 50 oz. cap.

Wine Decanter

DamnGoodWine explains why you want to decant wines, especially older reds (hint: it’s about flavor, it won’t improve the buzz)…

1. In older bottles, specifically red wines, using the decanter will allow you to separate some of the sediment from the wine that is inevitable during the aging process.

2. Decanting opens up the bouquet – especially in big red wines – young or old.

3. Decanters add a nice touch to a dinner table. Generally they make very pretty centerpieces.

Riedel Vinum Bordeaux Wine Glasses, Set of 6

Riedel Vinum Bordeaux Wine Glasses, Set of 6

A good wine glass is supposed to do two things, bottom line: 1) be completely nonreactive and nonporous so it doesn’t affect the flavor and 2) fit your nose in the glass, because 90% of “taste” is actually smell.

What can we learn from a Riedel (rhymes with “needle”) glass? That size matters, as does shape? That form following function has meaning for wine-lovers as well as designers? Or perhaps the deeper lesson that the contents of an outwardly “plain” glass may provide a more sensual, complex, and rewarding experience than those of a superficially beautiful one? The Austrian Riedel family has been involved with glass-making since 1756, but it was two centuries later that Claus Riedel conceptualized a glass made specifically to enhance the flavors and aromas of a designated wine. Through an involved process each style of glass is crafted to accentuate the strengths, while minimizing the weaknesses, of a particular spirit. This is done through changes in the size and shape of the bowl, the diameter of the opening and the cut and polished lip which directs the wine towards a specific area of the tongue. Small wonder Riedel stems are preferred by sommeliers and oenophiles world wide for their ability to transform the perception of a wine.

Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener Gift Set, Silver

Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener Gift Set, Silver

This set not only opens wine, it has a “a sealer that twists so tightly into any size bottle’s neck it preserves even Champagne bubbles.” Apparentely some people don’t finish a box bottle of wine the first time around.

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