Design The Essentials:

Wine Time

We get so much joy from unwinding with friends over a bottle of vino. They don’t call it happy hour for nothin’! The simple ritual is one so many of us share, it definitely deserves its own set of accoutrements. When you’re relaxing at home, having pretty pieces on hand, from glasses to decanters to wine buckets, makes the whole experience feel that much more special. And besides, we’ll be the first to admit we have a soft spot for swoony kitchenwares. So whether we’re gathering with a small group or are all-out entertaining, here are the 10 pieces on our wine-accessory wish lists.

Wine Time
Ice Cold

Stainless Steel Travel Ice Bucket

We’ve been searching for the perfect wine cooler for ages. Well, we’ve found it. This simple, elegant beverage carrier was inspired by a classic farm milk container and can be used at home or out on a picnic.

Mind the Table

Set of 4 Agate Coasters in Smoke

Nature does it best. Crystalline layers of agate make for dazzling coasters. The rubber feet on the underside allow them to protect your table from ring marks without scuffing it up.

Let It Breathe

Iitala Essence Carafe & Decanter

The tall, gently sloped shape and tiny spout on this decanter lend it a sculptural quality. Use it for just about any manner of wines, or simply for water on a day-to-day basis.

Say Cheese

Lostine Bartram Board

Wine loves cheese — the two go hand-in-hand. Serve it on this gracefully elongated hand-carved board.

Spread the Love

West Elm Copper Cheese Spreaders

Wine calls for cheese, and cheese needs spreaders! We can thank the current copper home wares craze for these delicately-shaped gems.


Dew Clear Glassware

Unfussy, all-around useful glassware is just the best. The subtly dimpled detail on these glasses is beautiful, and you can easily use these cups for everything from wine to water to juice.

Wild Thing

ABC Co-Create Eskayel Napkins

Digitally printed from hand-painted designs, these patterned napkins add a welcome dose of bohemia. At 20” x 20”, they’re a great size to use as a bar towel.

Pop the Champagne

Deborah Ehrlich Pair of Straight Champagne Glasses

Deborah Ehrlich always delivers when it comes to delicate stemless designs. This stunningly sophisticated pair is made from non-lead Swedish crystal and is hand-blown and hand-cut.

Crack It Open

Forge de Laguiole Cow Horn Handle Corkscrew

Too swoony to be stashed in a drawer — we say, leave this corkscrew out on display instead! Each item is handmade by a single artisan, start to finish, in the village of Laguiole, France.

A Cooler Wine Cooler

Stelton Glacier Ice Bucket

Great wine buckets can be hard to find. A tip — we like to use ice buckets instead. Just remove the lid on this Stelton piece and it acts as a petite wine cooler.

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