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

Slide View: 1: Lâ??Atelier du Vin Gardâ??vin Wine Keeper Gift Box
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.

Slide View: 2: Lâ??Atelier du Vin Round Perched Wine Carafe
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.

Slide View: 2: Live Edge Bar Shelf
Live Edge Bar Shelf
Maximize your space by organizing spirits atop this smooth acacia wood shelf, and hanging stemware from its underside rack.

Slide View: 1: Interlaken Wine Holder
Interlaken Wine Holder
Mango wood, marble, iron

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.

 Breville iSommolier Wine Decanter
Instantly decants wine to its optimal taste using 90% pure oxygen

Carafe with Three Bees
Carafe with Three Bees
Handcrafted glass carafe. 4.3"Dia. x 9.7"T. Made in Italy of domestic materials.

Oak Bottle Mini
Customize your favorite wine, spirits, beer or cocktails and infuse oak-aged flavors and aroma in a few hours, not years with this innovative bottle, designed to accelerate the aging process

Wood Wine Holder
Appearing as if it has surfaced from a venerable wine cellar, the weathered design of this wood wine holder handsomely holds seven bottles

Hirondelles Decanter Gold Stamped
Lalique Hirondelles Decanter Gold Stamped
The dancing and twirling of swallows have always been a source of inspiration for Lalique. Highlighted by crystal, these birds symbolize freedom, happiness and luck. The dynamic movement of the three swallows are illuminated by gold-stamped clear crystal. The compelling top adorns a classically shaped clear crystal decanter. Designed to highlight the flavors of the finest spirits.

Saint Louis Crystal Tommy Wine Decanter
Handcrafted lead-crystal decanter. 14.3"T; holds 25.4 ounces. Hand wash. Made in France.

"Mille Nuits" Wine Decanter
Baccarat "Mille Nuits" Wine Decanter
From the Baccarat® Mille Nuits Collection. Handcrafted of full-lead crystal. Holds 26.5 ounces. 14.875"T. Hand wash. Made in France.

Tack Storage Wine Rack
Tack Storage Wine Rack
Handmade. Zinc, iron, mango wood

Metal Wall Wine Bottle Holder
Conserve counter space and create an impressive decorative display of your favorite vintages with the Creative Co-Op metal wall wine bottle holder.


Blackened metal bands and rich wood pair up in our wine rack’s industrial design. The sides are finished to replicate planked pieces, and the bottle holders feature visible rivets.

Folia Wine Decanter
Saint Louis Crystal Folia Wine Decanter
Handcrafted crystal decanter. Holds 50.7 ounces. 7.5"Dia. x 11.6"T. Hand wash. Made in France.

Twist 1586 Decanter
Saint Louis Crystal  Twist 1586 Decanter
Handcrafted decanter. Lead crystal. France

100 Points Wine Decanter/Stopper
Lalique100 Points Wine Decanter/Stopper
Beautifully detailed and glistening. Approximately 5.71"Dia. x 8.74"T; holds 33.81 ounces. A collaboration between Lalique and James Suckling. Lead crystal. Hand wash. Made in France.

Rabbit Pura Decanter
Aerate and filter wine without removing stopper. Pour into decanter to aerate wine. Pour out of decanter to filter wine

French Wine Dictionary

acerbe/astringent: tart 
: pronounced acidity
: 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

click for glossary and wine from this region
/ 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
/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
passed its peak
velouté/velvety: rich flavor, silky texture
green: usually too young to drink
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
: from contact with pigment found on grape skin: none, white; limited, rosé, extended, red
Confréries: ancient wine fraternities
/blended: similar wines married for uniform quality; cuvée--the blend
body--richness in alcohol, flavor
corsé: full bodied
crisp: fresh, young
: 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
/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).




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


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

Slide View: 1: Lâ??Atelier du Vin Oeno Sommelier Gift Box
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.

Slide View: 1: Lâ??Atelier du Vin Wine Essentials Mini Gift Box
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.

Slide View: 1: Lâ??Atelier du Vin Oeno Connoisseur Gift Box
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.

 Slide View: 2: Lâ??Atelier du Vin Golden Boy Corkscrew
L’Atelier du Vin Golden Boy Corkscrew
Designed in Paris, France, this iconic sommelier’s corkscrew is plated in 18-karat gold for a luxurious touch. Its curved design is both stylishly sleek and ergonomic – it’s the perfect tool to have on hand at your dinner table or a picnic.

Slide View: 1: Lâ??Atelier du Vin Soft Machine Corkscrew 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.

Slide View: 1: Lâ??Atelier du Vin Oeno Box Uncorking Tool
L’Atelier du Vin Oeno Box Uncorking Tool
This compact and elegantly shaped bottle opener makes uncorking wine effortless. Crafted from chromed stainless steel and solid wood, it is a luxe accent piece for your bar or dining table.

L'Atelier du Vin Oeno Collection 1 Set
Six-piece set

L'Atelier du Vin Open Cristal Developer Carafe
Open carafe decanting design

L'Atelier du Vin Garcon & Co Set
Seven-piece set


Slide View: 1: Claude Dozorme Champagne Sabre
Claude Dozorme Champagne Sabre
In the age of Napoleon Bonaparte, cavalry officers would use their sabres to open champagne as part of their victory celebration. To bring this tradition into the modern age, renowned French knife-maker Claude Dozorme created this elegant tool, which comes with a booklet describing "The Art of Sabering Champagne." It's a novel, prestige gift that brings extra elegance to your social occasions - and will be a family treasure for generations to come.

Wine Enthusiast 84 Bottle Wine Jail
A twist on the classic wine jail, this steel-scrolled console is a decorative option that fits anywhere in your home. It comes complete with padlock and key to protect your prized collection, while the wooden top provides an extra surface for decor, bar accessories or a platter of hors d'oeuvres

Copper Champagne Cork Puller
Copper Champagne Cork Puller
Open champagne in style with this handy cork puller with a coppery finish.

 Wine Enthusiast 96 Bottle Wine Jail
Protect your wine behind the steel scrollwork of this handsome storage jail, antiqued with a bronze finish to enhance any room. Includes jailer's padlock and key.

Opinel Corkscrew Folding Knife
Beechwood/stainless steel. Hand wash. Made in France

Modeled after a vintage professional wine opener we saw at a vineyard, our tabletop version securely holds a wine bottle in place for uncorking.

Aervana Wine Aerator
Enjoy a perfectly aerated bottle of your favorite red with this device. Simply attach the straw to the body of the Arvada and insert the batteries. Slip your Arvada into the open bottle of wine and press the button for a rich bouquet of flavor.

Rabbit Waiter Corkscrew
Retractable foil cutter

Wine Chillers and Coasters

Heritage Wine Chiller
GG Collection  Heritage Wine Chiller
Handcrafted wine chiller. Made of natural mango wood with metal inlay. Hand finished.

 Wine Enthusiast 21 Bottle Dual Zone
Keep wines at their optimal temperature with this versatile design, offering a top zone adjustable temperature range of 46-65F and a bottom zone range of 52-65F

Marseilles Coaster Set
Jonathan Adler Marseilles Coaster Set
A black and gold play on French fifties faces. Handcrafted of high-fired porcelain with gilt details. Hand-painted finish.

Versailles Coasters, 4-Piece Set
Jonathan Adler Versailles Coasters, 4-Piece Set
Coasters made of high-fired porcelain. Gilded accents. Set includes one of each design shown.

Antique Silver Sentiment Wine Bottle Cooler
This elegant piece recalls the glamour of silver tableware once used in grand hotels and ocean liners. We created ours with an antiqued finish that’s polished yet has a rich patina with ribbed detail and the inscription chilled.

Joanna Buchanan Bee Coasters, Set of 4
Coasters made of glass beads on cotton backing.

 Rabbit Rbt Calacatta Marble Bottle Chiller & Stand
Includes faceted marble chiller and steel base. Naturally cool marble keeps chilled wine cold for up to 2 hours. Steel base prevents condensation on the table's surface

Corkcicle Air+
Keep wine chilled without diluting with the innovative Corksicle. Simply chill, then place in your bottle of white or bubbly between serving.

Based on the timeless elegance of French champagne buckets, this radiant set of coasters elevates the style of any gathering. They have a subtly indented well and a smooth rim to help contain moisture and protect furniture surfaces.

Based on the timeless elegance of French champagne buckets, this radiant bottle coaster elevates the style of any gathering. Protect furniture surfaces from condensation and drips with our bottle coaster, designed with a deep bowl to securely cradle a bottle of wine while collecting moisture.


Christofle Vertigo Bottle Coaster
Silver-plated bottle coaster. Designed by Andree Putman. Approximately 6"Dia. Made in France.

Made in France

Baccarat Chateau Baccarat Decanter
Lead-crystal wine decanter. Wide base and tapering neck aerate wine.


Oxymore Wine Decanter
Saint Louis Crystal  Oxymore Wine Decanter
Handcrafted decanter. Lead crystal.

Oenology Wine Decanter
Baccarat Oenology Wine Decanter
Clear full-lead crystal. Handcrafted in France.

Country Carafe Pinot Noir

Twist 1586 Bottle Stopper
Saint Louis Crystal  Twist 1586 Bottle Stopper
Handcrafted bottle stopper. Lead crystal.

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.

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.

The pieces in our Founders Collection are crafted using high-quality materials that echo the simple elements used to make great wines. Vintners once stored wine in crates like these, designed for portability and practicality.

Our shelves save space and add style to the home bar. Combine several to store and display your entire wine collection. Glasses hang upside down under our wine glass ledge to stay dust free. They’re beautifully crafted to reveal natural knots in the wood that make each piece one of a kind.

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