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Wine Storage and Decanters

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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

Orchard Fruit Decanter
Orchard Fruit Decanter
Glass


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.

 


INDUSTRY 12-BOTTLE WINE RACK 
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.


RUSTIC WOOD ENTERTAINING SHELVES
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.

Barrel Tabletop Wine Rack
BARREL TABLETOP WINE RACK
With the rough-hewn look of a traditional barrel used for aging wine, this rack holds and displays your favorite vintages with artisanal style.

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Christofle Malmaison Wine Decanter
Wine decanter with restrained palm and lotus leaves frieze and symmetrical design. Silver-plated metal and lead crystal.

Wine Barrel Wall-Mounted Drink Dispenser
WINE BARREL WALL-MOUNTED DRINK DISPENSER
Styled after the traditional barrels that serve to age wine and whiskey, our reusable version has a spout for an easy pour and a glass interior for simple cleaning.


FOUNDER'S WINE STORAGE BOX
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.

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

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


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.

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%.


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


Wine Enthusiast Wine and Preserver Set
The epitome of form and function, this must-have set opens, aerates, serves and preserves all in just 6" of counter space. The sleek cylinder features a corkscrew on one end and vacuum pump on the other. A foil cutter, two stoppers with date keeper and an aerating pourer complete the set on a rechargeable stand.


Le Creuset Compact Lever Wine Opener
Le Creuset's wine opener makes popping open favorite bottles simple and seamless.


Le Creuset Wine Pump and 3 Stoppers
Preserve an opened bottle of wine for up to a week with Le Creuset's easy-to-use wine pump.


Baccarat Louxor Tip Top Stopper
Inspired by a celebrated design of George Chevalier in the 1930s, Thomas Bastide's diamond-cut wine stopper is the perfect way to top your favorite vintages.

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


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.


Wine Enthusiast Cork Catcher
An invitation to memories of great bottles and good company, this cork catch-all features a whimsical central cartouche that reads ‘Wine a Little. You’ll Feel Better’. The vintage design is beautifully handcrafted in metal with an antiqued bronze finish.


Wine Enthusiast Frame, 5 x 7
Give your 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 frame is completed with your own wine corks.

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.

Charleston Wine/Champagne Bucket
Charleston Wine/Champagne Bucket
The essence of old-school hospitality, this generous bucket is crafted of a solid piece of polished stainless, rendering it truly leak-proof. Exclusively designed for Crate and Barrel, this contemporary take on the classic wine chiller is generously sized to hold several bottles.


BLONDE WOOD WINE TROUGH
Not your usual ice bucket, ours offers rustic stowage for white wine, soda and beer.

Antique Silver Sentiment Wine Bottle Cooler
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.

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GG Collection  Wine Bottle Holder & Stopper
Enjoy an elegant arrangement of wine and cheese with accessories from the GG Collection.

French Kitchen Marble Wine Cooler

French Kitchen Marble Wine Cooler
A column of cool white marble with grey veining unique to each piece chills wine at the table with classic flair. The properties of marble naturally help wine keep its cool.



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


GG Collection "Baroque" Beverage Tub
If you need to keep drinks on ice but prefer to do it with a bit of flair, choose this pretty beverage container from the GG Collection


HARRISON DRINK COASTER, SET OF 4
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.


HARRISON BOTTLE COASTER
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 Malmaison Bottle Coaster icon
Designed and crafted in France, Christofle's historic Malmaison pattern showcases an Empire-style silhouette featuring delicate palm and lotus leaf details

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

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Baccarat MILLE NUTS WINE COASTER
Made in France

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


Christofle Malmaison Wine Carafe icon
Christofle's historic Malmaison pattern showcases an Empire-style silhouette featuring delicate palm and lotus leaf details.


Baccarat Oenology Young Red Wine Decanter
Decanter for young red wine. Clear Crystal.

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