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House of Waterford® Prestige Collection 20 oz Crystal Claret Decanter - 431-556


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431-556 - House of Waterford® Prestige Collection 20 oz Crystal Claret Decanter
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House of Waterford® Prestige Collection 20 oz Crystal Claret Decanter

Pieces like this Claret Decanter are crafted by a master-cutter, the intricate detailing and deep cutting make these precious Waterford Crystal masterpieces something to be treasured always. Made in Ireland, Waterford's Heritage Collection illustrates Waterford's commitment to produce iconic pieces that have been beloved for generations. A stunning conversation piece to bring elegance to any room!

Each year the leading designers at Ireland's House of Waterford Crystal studio are given the opportunity to craft a signature piece, a creation that showcases their individual skills and unique vision. The Designer Studio Collection gathers these exclusive works into a numbered, limited edition series, 200 pieces each. This prestige Designer Studio Collection, produced at the House of Waterford Crystal, epitomizes the highest level of craftsmanship and celebrates Waterford as the pre-eminent maker of the world's finest crystal. The six celebrated designers are Jim O'Leary, John Connolly, Martin Ryan, Billy Briggs, Tom Cooke, and Matt Kehoe.

Additional Information:
Set of two. Measure 12"H x 6-3/4"L x 5"W. Made of crystal. For indoor use only. Made in Ireland.

Care Instructions:
When washing by hand, avoid using scouring pads and/or abrasive detergents. To prevent spotting, combine quarter cup ammonia with a mild lemon detergent. Rinse in clean water and air dry on a rack. Clean vases and decanters by filling them half-full with moderately hot water, a small amount of mild detergent, two tablespoons of white vinegar or ammonia and 1/2 cup uncooked rice. Swirl the rice around for a few minutes to remove residue. Rinse well with moderately hot water and air dry, upside down, on a rack.

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Aerating & Decanting Wine
Aeration is a process that exposes wine to air in order to mellow its flavor and enhance its aroma. Air breaks down the wine's tannins, smoothing out the flavor. It also eliminates the stale aroma from the bottle. The goal of aeration is to maximize wine's contact with the surrounding air. For this reason, simply popping the cork is insufficient; so be sure to swirl it in a wine glass or let it sit in a larger vessel.

A common misconception is that all bottles of wine need to be given time to breathe. This is not always the case. Light whites gain no discernible improvement from aeration and wines older than 40 years can lose their flavor if exposed to air for too long. However, most reds and richer whites do benefit from being allowed to breathe. Different wines call for various aeration times, so be sure to consult with your wine retailer regarding aeration for each specific type and brand.

As soon as you open a bottle, 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 for removing sediment. Sediment occurs in wine when pigments and tannins within the wine break down, leaving behind a harmless but bitter residue. Not only is sediment displeasing to the mouth, but it's unattractive to the eye.

When decanting a wine with sediment, it's best to let the bottle stand upright and undisturbed for 24 hours. This allows the sediment to collect at the bottom of the bottle. After this time, slowly pour your wine into a cleaned decanter. Watch the wine as it passes through the bottle's 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 pristine, it makes a wonderful addition to gravy or red sauces. In fact, 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 further developing its aromas and flavors.




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