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Wine Storage and Decanters

Slide View: 1: Shelby Leather Wine Rack
Shelby Leather Wine Rack
Featuring hand carved leather details, this wine rack offers sophisticated, au courant storage for your home.

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

Slide View: 1: Phoebe Wine Rack
Phoebe Wine Rack
Crafted from iron wire, this wine rack is an elegant way to store your favorite bottles on a kitchen counter or buffet.

Slide View: 1: Avery Stackable Wine Rack
Avery Stackable Wine Rack
This unique wine rack offers a stackable design so you can add sections to fit the size of your ever-growing vino collection.

Zadie Wine Rack
Zadie Wine Rack
This glittering wine rack is a glamorous way to showcase cherished bottles of red and white.

Cottage Two Bottle Carrier Basket
Mainly Baskets Cottage Two Bottle Carrier Basket
Handcrafted wine carrier basket holds two bottles. Made of woven rattan. For indoor use only. 

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.

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

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 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.

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%.

Ullo Wine Purifier + 2x Angstrom Wine Glasses
Revolutionary wine purifier restores the natural taste of wine with Selective Sulfite Capture™ filter technology. Aerates and filters by the glass or by the bottle. Wine glasses have an ultra wide profile designed to fully expose a wine's aroma profile 

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. Hand-painted design.

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: 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.

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

L'Atelier du Vin Soft Machine Pure Cork Extractor
Cork extractor. Assembled and finished by hand.

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

Aervana One-Touch Luxury Wine Aerator - Second Edition
Let your red wine breathe instantly, so it can be enjoyed at its best. Dispenses and aerates your wine under pressure, providing more effective aeration with an innovative "wine tap" format. Ensures that less favorable compounds like ethanol and sulfites evaporate away, so the delicious, flavorful elements of your wine can shine through. Simply push a button for instant wine aeration that allows you to enjoy any portion of the bottle. Keeps sediment in the bottom of the bottle, instead of your glass. 

Vinturi Deluxe Aerator Set
Finally you can breathe in the fine bouquets and taste the complex flavors of your red wine without having to wait for a decanter. This deluxe aerator from Vinturi opens up your wine when you pour a glass, providing perfect balance right away.

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.


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

Made in France

Lalique Clear and Gold Stamped Swallows Decanter, 2018 Vintage Edition
The swallow symbolizes happiness and freedom. 12.68"H x 6.30"W; 50.75 oz. capacity. Highlighted by hand-applied 24 karat gold enamel. Made in France

Baccarat Harcourt Decanter
The oldest collection in the Baccarat archive, the Harcourt 1841 collection is defined by its iconic design and brilliantly cut detail. This elegant decanter makes a timelessly sophisticated addition to your home bar. 26.5 oz. 11.875"H. Made in France


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

Slide View: 1: 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.

Double Fish Decanter, Clear
Lalique Double Fish Decanter, Clear
Designed to highlight the flavors of the finest spirits, the Double Fish Decanter enriches the fleet of Lalique decanters to satisfy the desires of connoisseurs and discerning collectors. Highlighted by satin-finished crystal, a couple of Koi fish symbolize richness and perseverance; gushing from water to adorn the stopper. Made from crystal of the finest quality, this decanter opens the doors to a universe of everyday luxury living. 

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

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