For the wine buff: Replica of 1770s decanter
Sleek contemporary decanters from the Austrian glass company Riedel are coveted by wine buffs around the world. But nothing feels as festive and, well, special, as an elegant etched glass decanter. The Rare Wine Co., a wine importer in Sonoma, commissioned the 109-year-old British glass company John Jenkins & Sons to create a replica of a 1770s decanter. The original held a magnum, and is just about sold out now, but the firm has also developed an exquisite single bottle decanter based on the same late 18th century design. The Taper is 12" high and holds 750 ml of wine.
The Taper decanter, $275, from the Rare Wine Co. (800) 999-4342; (707) 996-4484. Available for holiday delivery.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photo credit: The Rare Wine Co.