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Wine Storage and Decanters


Thea Wall Mounted Wine Rack
Crafted in a honeycomb-inspired design, this bottle holder showcases your favorite bottles in stylish way.


Thea Wall Mounted Wine Rack
Holds six bottles


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.


Luxen Home Wood Wine Cabinet
A classic, farmhouse-inspired, a country charmer, this rustic chic wine cabinet is big on function and finesse. The bottom open cubby features ample wine storage as well as an enclosed cubby for storing wine glasses and other bar accessories.


Luxen Home Rustic Wood Sliding Barn Door Wine Cabinet
Crafted of fir wood in a natural finish to show off its character and distressing, this accent cabinet strikes a rectangular silhouette with chunky moldings and caster wheels. keeps all of your wine glasses in one place, and a built-in wine rack.


Wine Enthusiast 96 Bottle Wine Jail
Protect your wine behind the steel scrollwork of this handsome storage jail, antiqued with a bronze finish to enhance any room. Includes jailer's padlock and key.


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 Double Fish Decanter
Designed to highlight the flavors of the finest spirits for connoisseurs and discerning collectors. Showcases satin-finished crystal and Koi fish to symbolize richness and perseverance. Dimensions: 14"H


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

 

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%.


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


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.


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


Rabbit Waiter Corkscrew
Retractable foil cutter

Wine Chillers and Coasters


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 Bee Wine Charms, Set of 6
Zinc/glass/resin


Joanna Buchanan Sparkle Bee Wine Stopper
Zinc/steel/glass


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.


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


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


Baccarat Massena Large Decanter
The rich, beveled pattern emphasizes the gleam of the sensuously curved crystal.


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.

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