Today, I’d like to share a few words about the Aurora Wine Decanter.

It’s the most valuable piece in the Aurora Collection and, as a lot of our customers write in to tell us, is possibly the grandest and most exquisite.

Personally, I always have one on my table.

In fact, almost every elegant family in whose house I have dined — whether they were a Scottish, an English, a French, an Italian, or an American family — they always served their “house” wine in a decanter too, and for a good reason.

It’s a form of discrete elegance.

It creates an air of mystery and intrigue.

If your guests have a particularly keen palate, they might be able to discern the type of grape and where it comes from. But everything else is your secret.

They won’t know what the label on the bottle looks like.

They won’t know how Robert Parker rated it, or what others say about it.

They certainly won’t know how much it cost.

This removes all the snobbery. You can offer your family’s favorite wine, and then ask your guests — with a wry smile — how they feel about it.

If you ask me, even the best wines taste noticeably better when thoughtful hosts serve them to you in this way — with a dash of mystery, a dash of intrigue, a dash of discrete elegance. It changes how you experience the wine.

Am I the only one who noticed this phenomenon?

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