Robb Report Host Guide: Barware with Flair

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  • Karyn J. Bilezerian

As your social calendar heats up at this time of year and you dash from event to event, the challenge is to find gifts that are both unique and complementary to your host’s style. Wherever you are celebrating—in a penthouse or onboard a yacht—these bar accessories will make spirits soar.

Breathing Room
Handblown lead crystal decanters from Riedel Crystal (www.riedelcrystal.com) will add a modern twist to any barware collection. Riedel, which was founded in 1756 by Johann Leopold Riedel in Bohemia, Austria, is bringing out the bulbous Pomerol Magnum and the sleek Médoc Magnum ($490 each).

Sea Side
There is no limit to onboard entertaining with these colorful cocktail accessories from Asprey (www.asprey.com). The pair of 1930s-style cocktail shakers ($8,600) come in red and green crystal (red to hang on the port side, green for starboard) and are encased in sterling silver. Matching tumblers ($615) and shot glasses ($165) make elegant accompaniments.

Red, White… and Blue
For nearly 500 years, Spiegelau (www.spieglau.com) has been creating handblown crystal that now grace the tables of Chez Panisse, The French Laundry, and other top-tier restaurants. Glassware in its Willsberger collection—including a martini glass (left), Burgundy and tequila glasses—is sold in sets of six ($180 to $210) and is available through the Sonoma Stemware Co. (970.926.5841). 

Rock the Boat
Form and function converge in Asprey’s Gimble Glass (www.asprey.com), a sterling silver wine goblet ($2,520) that goes with the flow when entertaining at sea. The unique design allows the glass to swing like a pendulum and absorb the movement of the waves, ensuring spill-free gatherings.

Sterling Service
A true oenophile will go wild for the sterling silver accessories in the Sandra Jordan Collection (707.836.9240). Included in the line are a sommelier’s tastevin for tasting and analyzing wine ($250); a decanter drying rack with a solid sterling silver base and wood drying stand ($325); a custom-made crystal Riedel decanter ($225) and sterling silver decanting funnel ($400) that provides an even distribution of wine down the side of the decanter and ensures the slow introduction of oxygen; a hand-engraved silver wine stopper generously sized to prevent finger contact with the cork ($300); and a table for cooling and serving wine ($5,000). All items are available at Bergdorf Goodman.

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