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Etienne Meneau Carafe No. 5

As a person practicing Seventh-day Adventism, I don’t drink alcohol, never have, and would prefer that no one else did either, even recreationally. So, on MEDIA ASSASSIN, you won’t see me recommending fine wines or drinking paraphernalia. It’s a religious, health, and spiritual thing for me.

Carafe No. 5, faceThat said, I’m kind amazed by these “strange carafes,” that French artist Etienne Meneau crafts out of high-grade, shatter-resistant borosilicate glass. The No. 5, above and right, which looks like inverted caribou antlers as drawn by a Cubist, stands 25 1/2 inches high, holds one bottle of wine, and costs $2,800. Meneau’s only made 12—eight signed and four artist proofs.

“Little Heart” carafe by Etienne MeneauOr, maybe your style is something a little less outrageous and angular, like, say, Meneau’s Petit Coeur (“Little Heart”), right, with its musical four-chambered heart, flipped-over valentine form. Just under 8 inches in height, holding 6.7 oz, it’s $1,900 in the same limited quantities.

Rich as they are as sculptural art, the question any sensible person will immediately have, particularly about No. 5, is, “How do you wash this?” Meneau anticipated the query.

Borosilicat glass is a very strong, chemically and thermically, the glass is thick (0.0788 in.) . You can wash the Decanter with very hot water. Rinse thoroughly, last rinsing with demineralized water…Let drain the decanter 2 or 3 hours upside down on a towel folded, propped up well in a corner.

Gorgeous, aren’t they? Bump special occasions: If I could afford one, I’d drink my cranberry juice from it every morning.



#1 Me on 12.10.08 at 12:13 pm

HA, where do you find ‘this stuff?’

#2 MML on 12.10.08 at 5:40 pm

this is dumb. the whole point of a decanter is to let the wine breathe, to give it a wide amount of space where oxygen can reach the wine. none of these contraptions allow that.

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