I love crystal. I’m a New Englander, a Mainah Yankee, and we love our china, silvah, and crystal.
Today, they’re mostly just treasures from the past, with great memories for special occasions. Our kids don’t even want our “old stuff.” But, I’ll tell you who does… Our grandchildren, for any of us lucky enough to have them.
So, while I love the good ‘ole things from the good ‘old days, I’ve also been morphing. Modern crystal is every bit as exciting as my Mimi and Pipi’s 100 year old glasses were; but, in a radical new kinda way. As art…
The crystal I had held in my hand was amazing, and what I drank from during my kid holidays. The wine? Manischewitz. (What else, then, right?)
The glasses were really gorgeous, pale yellow in color, and some were green; and they were totally etched with delicate delicate flowers, in my instance.
Is etching even done any more, to the extent that machines have to be tooled to get all of the etching details perfectly captured?
Not even… But if I swirled and sniffed back then, chances are that I wouldn’t have had any kind of aromatic, sensory experience that we have today, either. So, the new trade-off works for me. Still, the memory of it all allows for me to share the history; perhaps only for the memory recall of others.
For new history buffs, I’m painting a whole new canvas for you… In your travels to museums, see if you can capture any of that old wine glass work; maybe ever find a piece. for you own wine library. Most museums of wine have these classic pieces of history. This is the Museum of Georges Duboeuf, in Romanèche-Thorins, France, called Hameau Duboeuf. Here, glass plays a really important role; not only in the bottles, but also in the stemware of old, where I did get to see some.
Our new crystal companies are now focused on creating a glass that will sing the wine right into your senses, delivering a totally new palpable experience. As the old crystal glasses were etched for our eyes, the new crystal is delivered with tiny flecks on the inside of the glass that capture wines’ aromas for your sense of smell, for instance. With a glance, a swirl, and taking in aromas, we’re transformed into the sniffers of some alchemist’s magical potions, and that’s fun.
ENJOYING YOUNG WINES ~ TANNINS
First and foremost, decanters in wine enjoying is really not meant for older wines. Decanters are meant to aerate YOUNG wine, in order to manage the tannins still present in your bottle. Tannins are the phenolic compounds in wines, which simply dissipate over time. If you’re having a young wine, you’re going to experience the pucker power of it’s strength, the dry cotton feeling left on your palate, unless you’d like to manage it. Decanting is the best way for this to happen.
Tannins affect the color, aging ability, and texture of wines. There are many more tannins in red wine, BTW. Decanting transforms your wine into a more pleasant experience. It’s all part of the glamour and the glitz.
So here we are weighing crystal decanting options. Each glass company has its own talking points. Today, I’m going to focus on Era Vino’s hand blown crystal glass Aerating Decanter. I was asked if I’d like to sample a decanter. I was free to choose what I’d like to experience for a story. Many of their decanters I’ve had experiences with in the past, so I poked around on their Era Vino site.
I found it! Something revolutionary for me to find: Wine Decanter Aerating Carafe with Lid ~ 100 Percent Hand Blown, Crystal Glass Decanter. What a concept. I could see using it to soften young wines, but I also saw it as collecting sediment, if any exists. It can happen with unfiltered and/or unfined wines.
I’m fine with sediment, it’s just part of wines that haven’t been filtered and/or fined. These processes remove some of the wine’s character… It’s like losing a layer of blankets during a cold, winter night. Something comfortable gets lost in the translation of filtering and fining for my palate.
So we tried to capture this pouring process. I’m more of a writer than a photographer. I thought of uploading our video, but it would take just so much time to get it done. My video is in slow motion… Not he same effect.
The Wine Decanter Aerating Carafe with Lid falls in the Christmas gift category of $100 or less ($89.99). It’s got a lot of style, appeal, an the ability of making a younger wine have less tannins and flavor… Check it out; maybe even for yourself. Every wine lover deserves a decanter.