In Vino Veritas Carafe - 2.5 L - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter & Crystal

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This stylish crystal carafe is the perfect vessel within which to perform the important decanting process, ensuring your wine not only tastes good, but looks good too.

It includes a pewter collar inscribed with the Latin phrase ‘IN VINO VERITAS’, which translates as ‘in wine [there is the] truth’, meaning that people speak the truth after drinking wine, when at other times they may conceal or disguise their true thoughts. The expression, according to the Roman historian Tacitus, derives from the Germanic peoples who used to drink alcohol while holding councils in the belief that no-one could lie effectively when under the influence, although similar expressions also appear in other cultures including Persian, Russian, Chinese, and Greek.

The process of decanting into a carafe has ancient origins, when wine was drawn off from a barrel and carried to the table in a pitcher. The uncorking and decanting of a bottle of wine, the more conventional image of decanting, has played a significant role in medieval Italian households and carried out with an almost ritualistic attention to detail, and the exacting procedure is still followed to this day.

Decanting was historically important to separate clear wine from sediment that had built up after extended aging, and to open-up the wine, making it rounder and richer, after being exposed to air - some would say a decanted wine opens up like a rose in bloom.

The topic of which wines benefit from decanting is very complex, but as a general rule, the majority of wines benefit from being decanted, irrespective of their price. It isn’t just red wines either; and white wines with high acidity, like Rieslings, white Burgundies and Chenin Blancs also benefit from decanting. Maximum impact is achieved when exposing younger, vigorous wines to air, and such wines can benefit from being decanted an hour or more before serving; this applies to most wines that we drink today. Old, more fragile, wines with a delicate fragrance still benefit from being decanted, but for only fifteen or twenty minutes before serving, as they lose their character more quickly.

Size: Height 24 cm

Volume: 2.5 Litres

Materials Used: Pewter, Crystal

Ref: CT0126401

Designers: Alberto Tabellini & David Reiss

100% Lead Free

All Cosi Tabellini Pewter is 100% lead-free, so it is totally food & drink safe, and is both EU and US FDA approved.


Cosi Tabellini pieces come gift-boxed with a guarantee card and instructions on how to care for pewter.

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