I'm not much of a liquor lover (more of a wino), but I'm aching for these gorgeous glass decanters by sculptor and designer Elizabeth Lyons. I don't think I'd even bother filling them; they're delectable as is. The vibrant colors of the hand-blown glass alone are enough to keep me happy forever, but the oversize round stoppers really give them that extra kick. The decanters are available in a range of colors, and Lyons can even be commissioned to create something special for you. Prices are not listed, which often suggests that they're steep. You can pick up one for yourself at several boutiques on the East Coast, including Lyon's own glass studio, More Fire Glass Studio in Rochester, NY. Ahhh, love, love, love!
My grandfather is so unbelievably cool — think Austin Powers meets Frank Sinatra — that gift shopping for him is incredibly fun. He already owns everything from a fancy wine cooler to a digital meat thermometer, so I have to get super creative when looking for gifts. I suggest you do the same when searching for the perfect gift for gramps. Customized matches with his name or initials and gourmet, comfort food like lobster pot pie are two wonderful options. Or ask everyone in the family to donate money to buy a case of Champagne. This is a gift that he can enjoy with grams (or his lady friends!) and the entire fam when they come to dinner. For more ideas scroll below.
To pour the upper layer of liquid into a new vessel, leaving behind the heaviest part (solids or another liquid) that has settled. If done correctly, when pouring from the bottle to a new container, the residue and sediments formed at the bottom of the bottle will be left behind. It is usually used in regards to wine. Decanting a wine will also allow it to breathe and "open up" faster than would otherwise.
Steady Sticks - Think about the last time you took a bottle of wine to a picnic in the park. You found a nice shady spot on a hill, rolled out the blanket, pulled out the cork, poured the wine and then, oh... nowhere to put the glass. Well thanks to the handy Steady Stick, you can now put your glass anywhere there is grass or sand. Made of weather resistant stainless steel, these sticks will make a perfect gift for the wine lover on your list. Set of two Steady Sticks for $11.95.
ReServe Wine Preservation Kit - Once a bottle is open, there's no way my favorite wine lover doesn't finish it on the same day. You see, the taste just isn't the same the next day. However, imagine if she could open up a bottle on Sunday and have it taste just as great next Sunday. Well with the Sommelier-Endorsed ReServe Wine Preservation Kit, she could do just that. Using a simple on/off twist seal, the preservation adaptor releases pure argon gas to safely displace air in open bottles. This prevents oxidation and preserves the wine. Three piece Wine Preservation Kit available for $149.95.
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