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Accoutrements to enhance your enjoyment of wine.

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Photos by Eugenia Uhl

You say "wine," I say "vino." Either is OK, and both are etched on these short, stemless wine glasses, $8 each, from Quince (2115 Magazine St., 556-9668).
Cheese is a great accompaniment for wine, and these porcelain plates by BIA Cordon Blue, decorated with art from traditional Swiss cheese labels, will make the experience all the more lovely, $23.95 for a set of four, from St. James Cheese Company (5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com).
Every oenophile, or anyone who wants to sound like one, needs The New Wine Lover's Companion by Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst, which gives you comprehensive definitions for about 4,000 wine-related terms, $14.99, from Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300; 2895 Hwy. 190, Suite A-1, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; 3500 Magazine St., 899-7411; www.martinwine.com).
Chill several bottles of wine beautifully in a stoneware basin designed and handcrafted by local artists Alex and Cindy Williams, $200, from Potsalot Pottery (3818 Magazine St., 899-1705).
Beauty meets function with a thick and durable bamboo cutting board with handles by Swissmar, $44.95, topped with artisan cheeses such as Evangeline aged triple cream goat cheese from chef John Folse's Bittersweet Plantation Dairy, $10.50; a wedge of Belgian Chimay Biere, $16.95 per pound; and a wedge of French Fourme D'Ambert, $15.25 per pound, all from St. James Cheese Company (5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com). Make serving easy and stylish with a set of three cheese cutters and a positioning fork, all with different colored ceramic handles by Tag, $24, from Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300; 2895 Hwy. 190, Suite A-1, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; 3500 Magazine St., 899-7411; www.martinwine.com).
Expand your wine rack as your collection of vino grows with pewter wine holders designed to stack as high as you need, $12 each, at Pier 1 Imports (Locations citywide; www.pier1.com).
Take the party outside in style with a wicker wine carrier that has a leather strap for comfortable carrying, two wine glasses that are strapped safely in place, a wood-handle corkscrew and foil cutter, and secure places for two bottles of wine, $50, from Pier 1 Imports (Locations citywide; www.pier1.com).
Never lose another cork in your bottle of wine or spill a bottle because you bobble the corkscrew. This tabletop wine bottle opener has a suction base to keep everything in place and automatically inserts the corkscrew with the flip of a lever. It even comes with a foil cutter, $29.99, from Linens-N-Things (locations citywide; www.lnt.com).

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