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Riedel: The Pleasure of Glass

SEEN is often struck by how what you’re drinking can be elevated by the glassware you’re drinking or pouring it from. The most quotidian of wines suddenly acquires a taste of the luxurious and unusual, if you’re pouring from an exquisitely designed decanter; guaranteed to delight the oenophile in your life this Christmas.

SEEN is often struck by how what you’re drinking can be elevated by the glassware you’re drinking or pouring it from. The most quotidian of wines suddenly acquires a taste of the luxurious and unusual, if you’re pouring from an exquisitely designed decanter; guaranteed to delight the oenophile in your life this Christmas.

The Ayam Decanter is unique, and a signature piece for Riedel Crystal’s 260th year. It marries functionality with exceptional aesthetic appeal. It not only has the functionality to double-decant, enabling wine to aerate twice as quickly than any other decanter, but also has the ingenious option to hang from the table for an exceptional space-saving benefit (not that SEEN has the nerve to try this, you understand). This flagship piece takes its name from the world’s most exclusive and coveted breed of hen, illustrating an elegant and impressive appearance with an easy-to-handle shape.
Price: £395

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The Horn Decanter’s impressive design gives it the ability to perform not only as a wine instrument, decanting wine, but also as a musical instrument, capable of producing music, similar to a traditional horn. How advisable this is after a few glasses is a moot point. Modelled after a musical horn’s coiled shape, the Horn Decanter is formed freely without the help of any mould, and proves extremely difficult to create. Requiring three master glassblowers’ efforts, the Horn’s form is mouth-blown with two openings on either end; the larger of which is to be used for both receiving and pouring wine. The decanter’s clear lead crystal colour is accented by a large regal golden yellow stripe outlined by two black lines, following the contours of its curved silhouette.
Price: £675

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