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Raising the Bar

Must-have accoutrements for wine connoisseurs

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Decorative wine stops keep wine fresh and add a touch of class (or whimsy) to your bar: purple ceramic ball with lime swirls and glass-and-wire topper, $16; or classic stainless steel black detail, $24; both from Judy at the Rink.

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Brushed steel wine cooler has side handles, space for four bottles and an interior ice well, $248, from Judy at the Rink.

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Save your table linens and your clothes from stains with a spray bottle of Wine Away red wine stain remover by Evergreen Labs, $5 for 2 oz., from Martin Wine Cellar.

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Get the most out of a great bottle of wine with a Cascadia wine funnel by Oenophilia that has a strainer to separate sediment from the wine and an aerating funnel that directs the wine towards the sides of the decanter while you pour. It also comes with a stand to hold the funnel when it's not in use, $20, from Martin Wine Cellar.

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Make sure your wine is at its optimum from the first drop to the last with a simple vacuum pump that takes the air out of a bottle of wine to seal in freshness. The kit also comes with two rubber bottle stoppers by Vacu Vin, $14.99, from Elio's Wine Warehouse.

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This simple plastic pourer looks like crystal, has a rubber ring around the neck to keep it securely in place and prevents your wine bottle from dripping on table linens by Vacu Vin, $4.99 for set of two, from Dorignac's Food Center.

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Add grace to any table with long-stem crystal wine glasses with a gold rim around the top and a band of a dozen lines etched into the glass by Ralph Lauren, $49.95 for a set of four, from Dorignac's Food Center.

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Perfect for any wine cart is a hollow half-moon stand with a set of three stainless steel Forme bottle stoppers that have silicone gaskets to seal any wine bottle, $25, from Cameron Jones for your Home.

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This fleur de lis wine cozy not only adds spark to your bar but keeps wine drips off the furniture and linens, $39, from Cameron Jones for your Home.

Resources:

Cameron Jones for Your Home (2127 Magazine St., 524-3119)

Dorignac's Food Center (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com)

Elio's Wine Warehouse (6205 S. Miro St., 866-1852)

Judy at the Rink (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018)

Martin Wine Cellar (3500 Magazine St., 899-4711; 714 Elmeer St., Metairie, 896-7300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Hwy. 190, Suite A1, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; www.martinwine.com)

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