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Wine Storage and Decanters

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. 

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Spencer Wine Rack
This contemporary wine rack is handcrafted from steel and Buffalo leather - it's an elegant, dignified storage accessory that adds an unexpected touch to any space.

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Claudia Wine Rack
Handmade from finely-wrought iron, this exquisite piece offers a rustic yet romantic appeal for your wine display.

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Geometric Wine Rack
This hand-wrought wine rack is an elegant, understated way to display and store your favorite bottles.

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.

Wine Enthusiast 8 Bottle Wall Rack
Contemporary and convenient, this handcrafted eight bottle wine rack is designed like a wall sculpture to hang behind the bar, above the counter or in multiples in the pantry.  

Old Dutch International 8 Bottle "Bouton" Wine Rack with Hammered Copper Accents
Store up to eight bottles of your favorite wine in this beautifully tiered rack. Due to the design of this rack, wine bottle are stored horizontally, to keep the corks moist. This ensures your wine to stay fresh for a longer period of time. The wine rack is constructed of light, yet durable iron, with hammered copper accents.

Old Dutch International Antique Embossed "Victoria" 3 Bottle Wine Rack Bookend
This 3 bottle wine rack bookend is a perfect accent for wine lovers. It adds style and elegance to any counter. A great present for the holidays or any special occasion.

Old Dutch International Antique Embossed "Heritage" 3 Bottle Bookend Wine Rack
Old world meets modern with this antique embossed 3 bottle wine rack bookend. Coordinates with other antique heritage items such as canister sets, cookie jars and kitchen tool caddies

Old Dutch International 6 Bottle Iron Wine Rack, Matte Black
Store up to six bottles of your favorite wine in this beautifully tiered rack. Due to the design of this rack, wine bottle are stored horizontally, to keep the corks moist. This ensures your wine to stay fresh for a longer period of time.

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Terrazzo Wine Rack
Holds five bottles. Terrazzo marble, brass

Gourmet Basics By Mikasa Spiral Wine Wire Rack
Make a beautiful display of wine bottles with the spiral pattern of this wine rack from Gourmet Basics by Mikasa.

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.


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

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.

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


Rabbit Waiter Corkscrew
Retractable foil cutter

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

French Country Winery Wall Basket
Mainly Baskets French Country Winery Wall Basket
Handcrafted winery wall basket. Made of woven rattan.

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 

Joanna Buchanan Bee Wine Charms, Set of 6

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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L’Atelier du Vin Oeno Garcon & Co
This set includes one black metal Garçon bottle opener, 5 soft aerating Pourers and one Gard’bulles Stopper. This is the gift set ideal to open, serve and preserve all type of wines.

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.

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.

Certified International Gilded Wine Wine Cooler
Enjoy beautiful golden colors shining off the warm Old-World wine and grape still life paintings by Susan Winget for Certified International's Gilded Wine ceramic collection. This Wine Cooler will complete your adventure to the hills of Tuscany while entertaining your family and friends

Old Dutch International Antique Embossed Heritage 2 Bottle Wine Chiller
This 2 bottle wine chiller by old dutch is the ultimate tool for entertaining in style. This functional work of art features a handcrafted grapevine design and is finished in a warm, antique copper finish. It holds and chills two bottles and has a convenient lid to keep ice protected from the elements.

Wine Coaster & Corkscrew Set
Le Cadeaux Wine Coaster & Corkscrew Set
Two-piece set includes melamine wine bottle coaster and wooden corkscrew.

Bumble Bee Wine Bottle Holder
Star Home Designs Bumble Bee Wine Bottle Holder
Nickel-plated aluminum.

 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

Old Dutch International Antique Embossed Victoria 2 Bottle Wine Chiller
This 2 bottle wine chiller is a perfect accent for wine lovers. It adds style and elegance to any counter. A great present for the holidays or any special occasion.

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.

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


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.


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

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.

"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.

Saint Louis Crystal Tommy Wine Decanter
Handcrafted lead-crystal decanter. 14.3"T; holds 25.4 ounces. 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

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