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Just because you don't live in Italy doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun! You can pretend you're sipping wine at a Tuscan vineyard from the comfort of your own home with this wonderful wine carafe. This handmade ceramic piece features a breathtaking, hand-painted landscape and vineyard design you're sure to love.

Wine Carafe Details

  • Material: Ceramic
  • Finish: Hand-painted and glazed
  • Dimensions: 9-1/2"H x 4-1/2" diameter
  • Capacity: 40 oz
  • Weight: 1.24 lbs
  • Limited Edition: Yes
  • Care: Dishwasher and microwave safe, may get hot in the microwave
  • Collection: VIETRI
  • Country of Origin: Italy

Please Note: Due to the handmade nature of this product, some variations are to be expected.

Proper Technique for Aerating & Decanting Your Wine
The purpose of letting wine breathe, or aerate, is maximizing your wine's exposure to the surrounding air. By allowing the wine to mix and mingle with air, it will typically warm up and the wine's aromas will open up, the flavor will soften a bit and the overall flavor characteristics should improve.

It is a common misconception that upon removing the cork, all bottles of wine need to be given time to breathe. This is not always the case. Not all wines require aeration. However, different wines require different amounts of time. Many wine sellers have experts that are educated on the wine they are selling so it's best to consult them regarding aeration time.

As soon as you open a bottle of wine, pour a small amount into your glass for a taste test. Wine is subjective in that there is no right or wrong flavor. If the wine is to your liking, then it's time to drink!

For wine that has aged for some time, a decanter is highly recommended. Many people simply open their bottle and let it sit. While adequate, it is not ideal. Decanting is a terrific technique for letting newer wines aerate and removing older wines' sediment. Sediment occurs in wine when pigments and tannins within the wine breakdown, leaving behind a harmless but bitter residue. Not only is sediment displeasing to the mouth, it's displeasing to the eye as well.

When decanting a wine with sediment, it's best to let the bottle stand upright, undisturbed for 24 hours. This allows the sediment to collect at the bottom of the bottle. After this allotted time, slowly pour your wine into a cleaned decanter. Observe the wine as it passes through the neck, stopping your pour upon the first sign of sediment.

The final result of this process leaves a decanter of pure wine and a bottle with some sediment-heavy wine left in it. While the remaining un-decanted wine may not taste the best, it makes a great addition to gravy or red sauces. Many wine enthusiasts pride themselves on their ability to find new and exciting uses for sediment-laden wine.

Proper decanting alters wine for the better, softening its bite and developing aromas and flavors more pleasing to the taste buds. Whether 100-years-old or one day, any bottle of wine will benefit from a decanter!

About the Collection
Handcrafted from Italy with love, VIETRI stoneware celebrates all things Italian: people, food, history and culture. Their dinnerware designs showcase beautiful glazes and are crafted from the very soil of the Italian countryside. No mass production. No machinery. Just raw materials worked by many passionate hands. Found in high-end retailers across the country, each collection combines the emotion and dedication of skilled artisans to produce classic, quality stoneware that can serve sophisticated dinner parties or casual get-togethers with equal aplomb. Experience the innate beauty of VIETRI in every design.

VIETRI
From Italy, with love

Susan GravelyAbout the Guest
Susan Gravely grew up in the American South, where hospitality and entertaining are a way of life. VIETRI began in 1983 when she and her daughters traveled to Italy and found themselves enchanted with their hotel's colorful, expressive dinnerware. After spending three days watching the artisans craft each piece by hand, they decided to start their own business. Since then, VIETRI has become the largest importer of Italian stoneware, working with family owned and operated factories throughout Italy.