The Post-Travel Bounce Back
A selection of products to help you feel like yourself again.
Luxury accessories for the serious wine lover in your life.
FOR MANY WINE lovers, the focus is on the wine itself: the terroir, the complexity, the finish. But as with so many things, the experience of drinking wine is enhanced enormously by being in possession of the proper tools — in this case, a stunning decanter, beautiful glasses, and a durable, well-designed corkscrew. And to accompany occasions with fireworks, there’s even a Champagne saber. It’s easy to down your vino unthinkingly, but the true connoisseur knows that the more consideration put into each element of the winemaking and wine-drinking process, the more intoxicating the result.
Not all wine glasses are created equal. When you’re ready to level up, consider Lalique’s clear crystal Merlot Glass, a versatile vessel handcrafted in France that marries form and function. Together with Lalique’s decanter, it’s part of the brand’s Merlot Collection, which was inspired by the Blackbirds & Grapes motif designed by René Lalique in 1928 for the legendary Orient Express. Created for an optimum tasting experience, this elegant glass will elevate any oenophile’s kitchen. SHOP NOW
It’s a marvel that this handcrafted decanter looks so commanding and traditionally beautiful while at the same time possessing so many surprising design elements, like interior fluting and a tapered neck. This decanter may be the crown jewel in Chicago-born designer Felicia Ferrone’s maximalist Margot Collection, which combines playfulness and opulence. It’s also oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe, so it’s made for everyday use. Ferrone credits her early work as an architect in Milan, Italy, as a major influence on her craft, which pushes boundaries while maintaining aesthetic balance and unparalleled glamour. SHOP NOW
Fferrone’s Dearborn Collection is ornate yet undeniably modern. This glass — stout, with heft and a kind of scalloped effect from its interior detail — is like an ultraluxe Italian take on a tumbler. It’s perfect for red or white wine, spirits, and even cocktails. Each piece is hand formed by master glassblowers in borosilicate glass, which allows for hot and cold temperatures. Like all of Fferrone’s other designs, it’s oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe, so it fits into daily life, whether that’s a 5 o’clock refreshment, a casual dinner with wine, or holiday Prosecco. SHOP NOW
Who doesn’t want to own a saber? And who doesn’t want to use said saber to open Champagne bottles? As the story goes, according to Italian knife maker Berti, in the late eighteenth century, the citizens of France gifted Napoleon’s soldiers celebratory Champagne. But the soldiers couldn’t open the bottles while on horseback, so they lanced the corks with their swords, and a tradition was born. Handmade in Italy from Lucite and stainless steel, this saber is an ideal gift for any lover of bubbles and fanfare or to keep in your personal collection for moments that call for a little extra pizzazz. SHOP NOW
A longtime favorite among the world’s foremost sommeliers, the Chateau Laguiole Classic is a high-end corkscrew made entirely in France with a durable blonde horn tip from domestic cattle. Designed in 1993 by master sommelier Guy Vialis, the easy-to-use waiter-style corkscrew looks sleek and unique (each one is slightly different because they’re made with cattle horns). It’s the perfect gift for wine lovers who prize authenticity and quality. SHOP NOW
Nina Renata Aron is a writer and editor based in Oakland, California. She is the author of “Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls.” Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the New Republic, Elle, Eater, and Jezebel.
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