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Wine Accessories

Wine Design
May 13, 2014
By , Associate Editor

We at Galavante are a celebratory bunch. In addition to it being “five o’clock somewhere,” we know it’s a birthday, graduation or wedding somewhere, too. So there’s always something to toast. Bring on the wine.

But it’s not just the vino itself that we adore – we love prepping the drink as much as drinking it. And since all things should be done in style, we’re always searching for ways to jazz up the former. A sleek and sculptural carafe? We’ll toast to that. Turns out there are other smart wine accessories on the shelves. Here’s to popping bottles in style.

Just as good headphones enhance the music, a good taster enhances the wine. The alloy on the Peugeot Clef du Vin Pocket, Service and Bottle Set reacts with wine’s tannins to decant it on the spot, one year of ageing per second. (Each taster fits to a different glass or bottle size.) You’ll know exactly what that spendy price tag is buying you.

Carafes are the tabula rasa of wine gear. Give them a base and a hole, and the rest is the designer’s choice. The Georg Jensen Carafe is so striking with wine inside, it makes us want to decant forever. If only there weren’t a time limit...

The two-quart size of the Reed & Barton Gadroon Ice Bucket with Swing Handle makes it easily portable: Bring it along to friends’ parties as well as your own. But more than that, we enjoy the sleek and streamlined design, which gives it more than enough style to go around.

Chilling the bottle isn’t much use if you don’t open the thing. We always try to de-cork gracefully, so the user-friendly Geo Leverpull Wine Openerin Antique Chrome is a godsend. And thanks to the Le Creuset label, it looks good off the bottle as well as on.

It’s hard to enjoy stopping the wine. A stopper on the bottle is a stopper on the fun. That is, unless your stopper is a hand-cut, mouth-blown crystal from a royal-commissioned glassworks, like the Baccarat Crystal Bottle Stopper in LouxurWho said the party was over?

(Photos courtesy of Casa.com, Barneys New York and Williams-Sonoma)