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

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.

Lalique Orchidee Decanter, Numbered Edition
Designed to highlight the flavors of the finest spirits, the Orchidée decanter enriches the Lalique collection of decanters to satisfy the desires of connoisseurs and discerning collectors Highlighted by satin-finished crystal, orchid flowers symbolize of seduction, sensuality and refinement, majestically bloom on the stopper

Lalique Aphrodite Decanter
The romantic figure of Aphrodite, The Goddess of Love adorns the stopper of this eye-catching decanter.

Villeroy & Boch Purismo Red Wine Decanter
A classic silhouette and crystal craftsmanship make this glassware a striking addition to your tabletop.

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 Merlot Decanter
A vine motif adorns the stopper of the decanter. Inspired by the Blackbirds & Grapes motif designed by Rene Lalique in 1928 for the legendary Orient Express

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

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%.

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

Cuisinart 30 Bottle Private Reserve Wine Cellar with Compressor
Freestanding, counter-height storage of 30 bottles. Touchscreen controls to set preferred temperature from 43°F to 64°F with LED display. Compressor technology keeps interior perfectly cool despite room temperature fluctuations. Soft interior lighting. Rubber-coated racks with beechwood trim. Product dimensions: 20.2"W x 19.68"D x 32"H

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 Electric Barman
L'Atelier Du Vin Electric Barman
Rechargeable corkscrew, Electric Barman will uncork your bottles gently and without any effort. Pulls wine corks at the touch of a button. Adaptable system to any bottle neck. Single charge opens 30 or more bottles. AC charger and foil-cutter included.

L'Atelier Du Vin Bubble Indicator
L'Atelier Du Vin Bubble Indicator
The Bubble Indicator® keeps the pressure inside the bottle, and its sensitive indicator tells you about the bubbles pressure: as soon as the colored ring starts to disappear, it is time to finish the bottle. ABS plastic and steel plated.

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

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 Chillers and Coasters

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

Wine Station Pristine Plus Exclusive Bundle
Napa Technology has created the Wine Station Pristine PLUS as an exquisite wine serving solution that lets you enjoy the freshest wine, each and every time. This sophisticated, professional quality, temperature-controlled system is perfect for keeping your premium wines in pristine condition allowing you to enjoy the freshest wine any time you choose.

Cuisinart 15 Bottle Private Reserve Wine Cellar with Compressor
Freestanding storage of 15 bottles. Touchscreen controls to set preferred temperature from 43°F to 64°F with LED display. Compressor technology keeps interior perfectly cool despite room temperature fluctuations. Soft interior lighting. Rubber-coated racks with beechwood trim. Product dimensions: 14.56"W x 19.68"D x 30.7"H

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

Joanna Buchanan Bee Wine Charms, Set of 6

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.

Plum Wine Wine Dispenser & Preservation System
The first appliance to automatically preserve, chill, and serve any bottle, by the glass. Plum holds two standard bottles of wine, automatically identifies any varietal with artificial intelligence, chills each bottle to its ideal serving temperature, and preserves wine for 90 days—offering a new way for people to enjoy wine by the glass with a single touch of a button.

Joanna Buchanan Sparkle Bee Wine Stopper

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!

Plum Wine Plum Reserve
Automatically identifies, chills, preserves and serves your wine. Holds two bottles

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

Lalique Bacchantes Champagne Cooler
Adorned with the iconic Bacchantes motif, this striking champagne cooler features a removable stainless steel insert for easy clean up.

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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