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G G Collection Metal Acanthus Leaf Three-Bottle Wine Holder
Metal Acanthus Leaf Three-Bottle Wine Holder
Handcrafted metal wine bottle holder. Holds three wine bottles.

G G Collection Metal Acanthus Leaf Wine Rack
GG Collection Metal Acanthus Leaf Wine Rack
Handcrafted metal wine rack. Holds eight glasses and four wine bottles.

Godinger 9-Bottle Luggage Cart Wine Rack
Godinger 9-Bottle Luggage Cart Wine Rack
Wine rack that holds nine wine bottles. Made of metal and wood. Approx. 13.25"L x 8.25"W x 23.5"T.


Royce New York Leather Wine Carrying Case
Top handle. Dimensions: 3.63"W x 4.5"D x 13"H. Fits one standard bottle. Zip closure. Includes stainless steel corkscrew/bottle opener. Padded for safe carrying


Thea Wall Mounted Wine Rack
Crafted in a honeycomb-inspired design, this bottle holder showcases your favorite bottles in stylish way.


Wine Enthusiast 24 Bottle Cube
Made from rich mahogany wood that's been sourced from sustainable Indonesian tree plantations, this hand cut and sanded cube offers a classically modular space to stow your favorite wines.


Luxen Home Shabby-Chic Distressed Storage and Wine Cabinet
The charming shabby-chic design and distressed finish of the accent wine and storage cabinet make it a wonderful addition to any home. Features wood construction, square legs, cathedral-style door, open storage, and wine rack.


Pisa Collection Gold Round Bottle
Handcrafted glass round bottle with 24-karat gold accent. Approx. 12.8"T x 4"W

Faunacrystopolis Harcourt Decanter 0
Faunacrystopolis Harcourt Decanter
Reinterpreted by Jaime Hayon, Harcourt is transformed into a pitcher with a bird's head. With its pointed beak, its diamond-cut eyes, and its feathers inspired by the facets of the famous glass, the Faunacrystopolis pitcher transports us into the realm of the fantastic. Handcrafted of crystal. Approx. 4.3"L x 4.3"W x 8.7"T. Made in France


Richard Brendon Jancis Robinson Young Wine Decanter
Designed to maximize your enjoyment of a wine's aroma, flavor and texture. Use for every wine, including sparkling wine, port, sherry and sweet wines.


Lalique Versailles Decanter
Highlighted by satin-finished crystal, a frieze of grapes and vine leaves run through this exceptional object, crowned with a stopper carved in the same motif


L’Atelier du Vin Round Perched Wine Carafe
An ideal gift for any wine connoisseur, this glass-blown carafe honors and magnifies the flavor profiles of both red and white wines. Its modern design features a transparent podium and a hollow base that allows a comfortable grip for effortless pouring


Wine Enthusiast Cork Serving Tray
Give your entertaining decor a personal touch with a toast-worthy task. A charming way to display corks from your favorite and most memorable bottles of wine, this mahogany wood tray offers space to arrange 108 corks. A removable plexiglass cover offers an ideal surface for cocktail hour.

L'Atelier Du Vin Bubble Indicator
L'Atelier Du Vin Bubble Indicator
The Bubble Indicator® keeps the pressure inside the bottle, and its sensitive indicator tells you about the bubbles pressure: as soon as the colored ring starts to disappear, it is time to finish the bottle. ABS plastic and steel plated.

French Wine Dictionary

acerbe/astringent: tart 
acrid
: pronounced acidity
amertume
: bitter
apéritif: appetizer

Appelation d'Origine or Appelation Controle: label term signifying origin and legal right to the name
assertive: upfront, bold
balanced: fruit, acid, wood flavors in the right proportion
bouquet/nose: aroma; sève/palate--flavor and body
Brandy click for a selection of Cognac and Armagnac plus glossary of terms
buttery: flavor and mouth feel, usually Chardonnay
chambrer: bringing reds to room temperature (65-68) gradually

Champagne
click for glossary and wine from this region
charnu
/ full bodied, big, rich, fills the mouth; léger/light: thin
chateau-bottled: usually Bordeaux, bottled on estate where the grapes are grown
chewy: rich, heavy, tannic, full-bodied

goût/taste: bon goût--good taste; goût de bois-- woody taste; de bouchon--corky ( from diseased cork even in fine wines); d'évent--flat from contact with air; de pierre à fusil/flinty--found in Chablis; de pique--vinegary; de terroir--earthy, usually reds
heady: smell of high alcohol content
legs: viscous droplets that form on sides of the glass when wine is swirled
mou
/flabby: lacking in character; mouillé--watered
musty: moldy, unpleasant smell
oxidized: stale, "off,"--too much contact with air
pourriture noble/
noble rot: over-ripe grapes making very sweet Sauternes
robust: full-bodied, intense, vigorous
sediment: natural deposits. Decanting-- transferring to decanter for serving.
tannin: acid found especially in reds necessary for aging (dry sensation)
tasting tip: light to fuller bodied, whites before reds, dry to sweet
toasty/oaky: hint of wooden barrel, usually dry whites
usé:
passed its peak
velouté/velvety: rich flavor, silky texture
verte/
green: usually too young to drink
vin/
wine: naturally fermented juice from pressed grapes. du pays: regional wines drunk locally; de goutte: last pressing, poor quality; de garde: worth aging; cuit: concentrated, added to improve other wines; doux: sweet; mousseux: sparkling; ordinaire: table wine; sec: dry
vintage wines: dated bottle, entirely from one harvest only in the best years
color
: from contact with pigment found on grape skin: none, white; limited, rosé, extended, red
Confréries: ancient wine fraternities
coupé
/blended: similar wines married for uniform quality; cuvée--the blend
corps/
body--richness in alcohol, flavor
corsé: full bodied
crisp: fresh, young
cru
: growth or vineyard
complex: all flavor components in harmony
coulant/attractive: easy to drink
délicat/delicate: light- weight with nice flavor
depth: subtle, complex, concentrated layers of flavor; thin lacks body and depth
domaine: followed by a name indicates ownership
élégance
/elegant: grace, balance but not longevity
fading: losing color, fruit or flavor
finish/aftertaste: taste remaining after swallowing. Long, lingering finish indicates good quality; short: not remaining on the palate
flat: low acidity or sparkling wine that has lost its bubbles
fruité/Fruity: body, richness with some sweetness-- apples, berries or herbs

There are four main classifications of wine:

Natural still wines

Alcoholic content 14% or less. Improve after bottling. The main wine grape growing areas are Alsace (fine white), Loire (moderately priced reds and whites), southern France (inexpensive table wines), the Rhône (wines that match with strongly flavored foods) and, of course, Bordeaux and Burgundy (arguably the best wines in the world).

Sparkling

Champagne

Fortified

Alcohol increased by adding brandy. Best known types not made in France.  Alcoholic content 16 to 23%.

Aromatized

Vermouth. Alcoholic content 15 1/2 to 20%.


L'Atelier du Vin Wine Lovers' Curiosities Cabinet
Wine-lover’s Curiosities Cabinet is like a secret place that opens to reveal a useful collection of wine tools, conjuring up memories of wine-tasting sessions amongst friends, strolling through the vines and lingering visits to winegrowers. A collection that becomes truly intimate and personal over time. To be put on a piece of furniture or to be held on to a wall. Solid walnut. Walnut veneer. Handmade in France.

L'Atelier Du Vin L'Artiste Corkscrew
L'Atelier Du Vin L'Artiste Corkscrew
A sculpture dedicated to the pleasures of wine, L'Artiste is a vertical lever corkscrew made of injected metal with a chrome finish. Its unique and enigmatic shape is a tribute to the Graves terrain in Bordeaux, with pebbles polished by thousands of years on which the vines of this prestigious wine region are grown. L'Artiste uncorks bottles quickly and easily. Auto-locking system. Spare wire in treated steel included. Zinc alloy die-casting and chrome plated.


L'Atelier du vin Brass Soft Machine Corkscrew
Soft Machine® is a bottle opener that will extract the cork from your bottle in only one move. It will be easy as you will remove the cork in a completely fluid and continuous way, thanks to its unique gear system. The cork is pulled out vertically, without any torsion or effort minimizing any damage to the cork. Contains a foil cutting-blade and a bottle opener. Assembling and finishing by hand. This version is made of stainless steel and solid brass. Design patent.


L’Atelier du Vin Oeno Connoisseur Gift Box
Housed in an elegant wooden gift box, this set includes six wine tools handmade in France and intended for the true connoisseur. It includes a cork opener and a chromed metal sommelier corkscrew to open any bottle, and a bubble cork to preserve the effervescence of opened champagne and sparkling wines. The Developer Universel is a wine aerator for both glasses and carafes that gently oxygenates and fully releases a wine’s flavors. The Gard’vin is a unique, innovative piece that stops the oxidation of still wines and comes complete with two on/off stoppers.


L’Atelier du Vin Oeno Connoisseur Large Wood Gift Box
Iconic tools of L’Atelier du Vin for opening, serving and preserving still and sparkling wines in an attractive wooden gift box.


L’Atelier du Vin Soft Machine Corkscrew Gift Box
Designed with a unique gear system, this corkscrew extracts the cork vertically in a single fluid move without any torsion, minimizing any damage to the cork. It’s handcrafted using rosewood and solid stainless steel, complete with a foil-cutting blade and a bottle opener.


L’Atelier du Vin Oeno Sommelier Gift Box
Skillfully uncork wine with this sommelier set, which includes a chromed metal lever corkscrew and an innovative wine ring that clips onto the neck of the bottle to collect any errant drops. An excellent gift or addition to your own wine collection, it comes complete with a pocket guide for vintages, and a printed guide that helps you craft perfect pairings with food.


L'Atelier du Vin Chef Sommelier & Co Gift Set
The Chef Sommelier® & Co box set gathers the wine tools to open and preserve the bottles and (well) serve the wine.


L’Atelier du Vin Wine Essentials Mini Gift Box
Perfect as a gift or for your own use, this slim walnut box holds elegant essentials for the enjoyment of wine. It includes an ergonomic sommelier corkscrew, an easy-to-use cork opener for champagne and sparkling wines, and a universal cork that maintains the aroma and bubbles of unfinished wines. It comes complete with a printed folio featuring a map of all the major French wine regions, as well as space for your wine tasting notes.


L’Atelier du Vin Gard’vin Wine Keeper Gift Box
An innovative tool for the wine connoisseur, this wine keeper stops the oxidation process by removing oxygen in an unfinished bottle. This set includes one Gard’vin with two on/off sealers that indicate whether your opened bottle is protected from the air.

Wine Chillers and Coasters

Stainless Steel Ice Bucket 0
Stainless Steel Ice Bucket
Unmistakably Versace, this piece is decorated with the house's iconic Medusa head in relief. Made of stainless steel. Approx. 4.75"T

Wine Bottle Carrying Clutch Bag 0
Wine Bottle Carrying Clutch Bag
The hostess gift reinvented and transformed forever: Stylish, trendy, and easy to carry with its wristlet, this wine clutch is the hostess gift you want to keep for yourself. Holds a 750ml wine bottle. Made of EVA, PVC, and polyester. Interior features 2 card slots. Button front closure. Approx. 14.5"L x 9.5"W

Wine Bottle Carrying Clutch Bag 0
Wine Bottle Carrying Clutch Bag
The hostess gift reinvented and transformed forever: Stylish, trendy, and easy to carry with its wristlet, this wine clutch is the hostess gift you want to keep for yourself. Holds a 750ml wine bottle. Made of EVA, PVC, and polyester. Interior features 2 card slots. Button front closure. Approx. 14.5"L x 9.5"W

Stainless Steel Champagne Bucket - 9.4" 0
Stainless Steel Champagne Bucket - 9.4"
Unmistakably Versace, this piece is decorated with the house's iconic Medusa head in relief. Approx. 9.4"T. Made of stainless steel

Sparkling Wine Preservation System 0
Sparkling Wine Preservation System
Preserve the crisp flavor and effervescence of your favorite sparkling wines for up to 2 weeks with the Coravin Sparkling™ Sparkling Wine Preservation System. The universal sparkling stopper locks securely on virtually any bottle, while the sparkling charger delivers Pure™ CO2 that blankets the remaining sparkling wine, ensuring the bottle remains fresh for the next pour. When you are ready for that next glass of bubbly, simply remove the stopper to pour. Now there’s no reason to wait for a special occasion to enjoy a glass of champagne, prosecco, cava, or any other sparkling wine.

G G Collection Wine Bottle Holder & Stopper
Wine Bottle Holder & Stopper
Bottle holder and stopper made of cast aluminum.

Ivy Oak Coaster & Stopper Set
Ivy Oak Coaster & Stopper Set
Wine bottle coaster and matching stopper. Made of hand textured stainless steel, stainless steel, and natural brass. Coaster: 4.5"Dia. x 1.5"T. Stopper: 5.5"L.


Wine Station Pristine Plus Exclusive Bundle
Napa Technology has created the Wine Station Pristine PLUS as an exquisite wine serving solution that lets you enjoy the freshest wine, each and every time. This sophisticated, professional quality, temperature-controlled system is perfect for keeping your premium wines in pristine condition allowing you to enjoy the freshest wine any time you choose.


Cuisinart 30 Bottle Private Reserve Wine Cellar with Compressor
Freestanding, counter-height storage of 30 bottles. Touchscreen controls to set preferred temperature from 43°F to 64°F with LED display. Compressor technology keeps interior perfectly cool despite room temperature fluctuations. Soft interior lighting. Rubber-coated racks with beechwood trim. Product dimensions: 20.2"W x 19.68"D x 32"H


Cuisinart 15 Bottle Private Reserve Wine Cellar with Compressor
Freestanding storage of 15 bottles. Touchscreen controls to set preferred temperature from 43°F to 64°F with LED display. Compressor technology keeps interior perfectly cool despite room temperature fluctuations. Soft interior lighting. Rubber-coated racks with beechwood trim. Product dimensions: 14.56"W x 19.68"D x 30.7"H


Wine Charms, 6-Piece Set
Wine charms made of zinc and glass. Set includes one of each design shown.


Joanna Buchanan Bee Wine Charms, Set of 6
Zinc/glass/resin


Joanna Buchanan Chinoiserie Wine Charms, Set of 6
Dimensions: 1" x 1.5" x 0.5". Zinc/resin

Beehive Wine Stopper and Stand
Beehive Wine Stopper and Stand
Handcrafted wine stopper includes coordinating stand. Decorative elements in metal with 14-karat gold finish. Hand enameled and handset with Swarovski® crystals. Stainless steel and rubber stopper.


Joanna Buchanan Sparkle Bee Wine Stopper
Zinc/steel/glass


Joanna Buchanan Amber Bee Wine Stopper
Bejewelled honey bee. A perfect hostess gift. Use our sparkling bee wine stopper to save the buzz for later!


MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Enamel Wine Cooler
Hand-glazed steel with hand-painted Courtly Checks. Heavy-gauge steel with ceramic glaze; rim: bronzed stainless steel; handles: antiqued brass

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