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Wine Storage and Decanters

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

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%.

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 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 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.

Oeno Motion Vertical Lever Corkscrew
Oeno Motion Vertical Lever Corkscrew
Made in France, this compact vertical-lever corkscrew was designed to ensure the quick and easy uncorking of wine bottles. Crafted of a chrome-plated zinc alloy with solid wood on the handle.

Oeno Collection 2 Wine Tools Set
Oeno Collection 2 Wine Tools Set
Made in France, this collection of bar essentials is the ultimate toolkit for lovers of wine and sparkling wine. The boxed set includes a Chic Monsieur Corkscrew, On/off Gard'Vin Metal Wine Keeper, On/off Stopper, Cork Opener, Pourer-leaf, Chromed Metal Foil Cutter and Model 54 Universal Cork.

L'Atelier du Vin Le Globe Wine Tools Set
L'Atelier du Vin Le Globe Wine Tools Set
Step up your home bar or entertaining space with sommelier-grade wine tools. This set arrives showcased under an elegant glass dome and features an ergonomic corkscrew, easy cork opener for sparkling wines and champagne, bottle vacuum and cork stopper.

Wine Chillers and Coasters

Christofle Graphik Champagne Cooler
Ideal for presenting and keeping champagne cool for a longer time. The emblematic Graphik pattern at the base of the piece is highlighted by an exceptional mirror-polish finish, a signature of Christofle. Rounded handles facilitate the bucket's handling while respecting its line. Dimensions: 9"H x 8" diameter. Made in France

Christofle Graphik Wine Cooler
Ideal for presenting and keeping wine cool for a longer time. The emblematic Graphik pattern at the base of the piece is highlighted by an exceptional mirror-polish finish, a signature of Christofle. Rounded handles facilitate the cooler's handling while respecting its line. Dimensions: 9"H x 6" diameter. Made in France

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

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

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

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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