How to Set Your Table This Summer

With the onset of summer, this is again an opportune time for you to update your china collection. Summer is about letting go so be adventurous. You need not use one pattern alone for your table setting. Try mixing and matching them and release your inner creative vibe. Your guests will surely appreciate it.

Want some inspiration? Read this blog by our design collaborator: 5 Tips to Create a Pretty Mix and Match Summer Table (With Classic Replacements)

5 Tips to Create a Pretty Mix and Match Summer Table (With Classic Replacements)

5 Tips to Create a Pretty Mix and Match Summer Table (With Classic Replacements)

Want some more ideas? Take a look at our suggested summer picks:  Mix & Match Summer Chic.

Summer is usually characterized by the sea and the birds that fly above it such as seagulls. Take a look also at our featured pattern for the week:  the Bing & Grondahl Seagull.  If you want to achieve a more tranquil feel at meal time, this will work for you.

Bing & Grondahl Seagull 5-Piece Place Setting

Bing & Grondahl Seagull 5-Piece Place Setting

Just like the seagulls that seek warmth, try to make your home a cozier place by playing with your table setting. Subdue the elegant by pairing it with casual dinnerware. Upgrade the modern by pairing it with a classic. Contemporary with country? Well, why not? It will work with the season!

Visit our website Classic Replacements and have a summer blast with our options. The possibilities are endless!

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Focus: Bernardaud

Our focus for the week is Bernardaud, a porcelain company headquartered in France.  The company has been in existence for more than 150 years now – thanks to the visionary apprentice and sales person extraordinaire Leonard Bernardaud.

Leonard took it upon himself to expand out of Europe, into the United States, which is why we can enjoy their quality products now.

His sons, Jacques and Michel are credited for working with various artists to expand their collection.

The company’s productivity and artistry has since been sustained.

Take a look at our featured patterns for the week.

Bernardeau Chateaubriand Blue

Bernardeau Chateubriand Blue

Bernardeau Chateubriand Blue

Bernardeau Grace

Bernardaud Grace

Bernardaud Grace

Bernardeau Madison Platinum

Bernardaud Madison Platinum

Bernardaud Madison Platinum

All patterns are works of art, bearing distinct designs to match your sophisticated taste.

Visit our website Classic Replacements for more options. The possibilities are endless!

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Food and Wine Pairing

Are you preparing to host a cocktail party? Then it is important to know what food goes best with the different kinds of wine.  Here’s a rundown as culled from the Wine Folly site:

  • Dry white wine is best paired with vegetables, especially roasted ones, starches such as bread, and fish.
  • Sweet white wine is a perfect match for cheese (both soft and hard cheeses), cured meat, and sweets.
  • Rich white wine goes best with soft cheese, starches, fish and other seafood, and white meat.
  • Sparkling wine is compatible with cheese, starches, and fish.
  • Light red wine can be complemented by roasted vegetables, starches, seafood, white meat, and cured meat.
  • Medium red wine can be partnered with roasted vegetables, hard cheese, and with meats (white, red, and cured).
  • Bold red wine is best paired with hard cheese and red & cured meats.
  • Dessert wine goes best with soft cheese, starches, cured meat, and sweets of course.

Lastly, as important as the food and wine that you will serve at your cocktail party is the china and stemware that you will use. We suggest John Aynsley Pembroke Oval Serving Platter with Gold Trim and Waterford Araglin Claret Wine Glass.

John Aynsley Pembroke with Gold Trim 15" Oval Serving Platter

John Aynsley Pembroke with Gold Trim 15″ Oval Serving Platter

Waterford Araglin Claret Wine Glass

Waterford Araglin Claret Wine Glass

Or visit our website Classic Replacements for more options. The possibilities are endless!

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6 Tips in Decanting Wine

Now that you know Why You Should Decant Your Wine, let’s go to the how:

  1. Let the wine bottle stand for at least one night before decanting so the sediment will settle at the bottom of the bottle.
  1. Insert your cork screw fully as some corks can be very long, delicate, and crumble easily. Pull out slowly and carefully.
  1. Pour the wine with the bottleneck over a candle or flashlight. This way, you can see if the sediment is already approaching the mouth of the bottle, and stop so you don’t transfer it to the decanter.  Else, it will defeat the purpose of the process.
  1. Let the wine rest before drinking it. For how long?  The rule of thumb is 1 hour of decanting for every 10 years of wine.
  1. Next, enjoy your wine which now smells and tastes even better than before.
  1. Lastly, when cleaning your decanter, make sure to use a fragrance-free soap so as to avoid altering the taste of your wine in your next use. Wash the outside with hot water first and rinse the inside with cold water.  This is to retain the clarity of the glass.

Now that you have the know-how of wine decanting, do select from our many decanter options including the item below:

Baccarat Massena

Baccarat Massena

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Why You Should Decant Your Wine

You probably have the best stemware for your chosen wine by now.  Not yet?  Then read this blog:  How to Select the Best Wine Glass.

Now, do you want to know how you can make your wine taste even better?  Well, the secret is in decanting.

You’re probably wondering what decanting is and why it is necessary.

Well, decanting simply means transferring liquid from one container to another.  In our case, we pour out the red wine from its original bottle to a wine decanter.  Why is this necessary, you ask?  In this way, you separate the wine from the sediment; and what you get is wine in its purest form.  Wine sediment is composed mostly of grape skins and potassium bitartrate, also known as cream of tartar, which is a byproduct of the fermentation process that wine goes through.

Decanting also allows for the elimination of any unpleasant odor, making the wine more palatable.

This step is usually forgotten but it is really the one thing that will greatly improve the flavor of your wine, whether you buy an affordable wine or an expensive fine one.

You’ll learn more about decanting wine in our next blog.  In the meantime, do select from our many decanter options including the item below:

Waterford Lismore Decanter with Stopper

Waterford Lismore Decanter with Stopper

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How to Select the Best Wine Glass

In the blog 4 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Crystal Stemware, we have established that crystal works best with wine.

But did you know that the shape of the glass you use for your wine also affects how it tastes?

In a study that came out in February 2015, a Japanese group of chemists (Yes, there is a science to wine tasting in case you didn’t know.) developed a special camera that captured the images of ethanol vaporization of wine using three different glasses:  a cocktail glass, a straight glass, and a wine glass.  In the study, the wine glass shape performed the best for delivering aroma in a consistent ring around the rim.  Remember that wine glasses are thin at the rim.  The thin rim allows for better circulation of the aroma as well as taste.

And this is why it is very important to pick the right-shaped wine glass to ensure that your wine tastes the best it possibly can.  But with so many glass shapes out there, how do you know which is best for you?  Well, as a rule of thumb, remember the following:

Red Wine

Red wines (full-bodied, light-bodied, rose or spicy) are typically served in larger bowled glasses.  The larger surface area allows the ethanol to evaporate more quickly.  In so doing, it delivers more aroma and you smell less of the ethanol since it is farther from your nose.  In the process, you taste less of the bitter, minty, spicy flavor too.  The wider opening simply makes make the wine taste smoother.

Varga Verona Bordeaux Wine Glass

Varga Verona Bordeaux Wine Glass

White Wine

White wines (fortified sweet, light-bodied, or sparkling) are typically served in smaller bowled glasses.  This is to preserve and deliver more floral aroma and also to maintain cooler temperature.

Varga Imperial Wine Glass

Varga Imperial Wine Glass

And there you have it.  Wine glass shopping simplified.

Select your crystal stemware collection now so you will be prepared to host your own wine tasting.

Then you will experience for yourself the difference glass makes.

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How to Care for Your Crystal

In our blog How to Care for Your China, we discussed the value of china and how proper care is important for its preservation and value appreciation.

Today, we’ll focus on caring for your crystal, which follows the same 3 easy steps:

Step 1.  Wash

Hand Wash

In order to prevent damage, glasses should be washed individually using warm water and a non-abrasive product (i.e. soft sponge).  Tilt glass downwards and rinse under the faucet ending with the base.

Dishwasher

Set the dishwasher to the delicate cycle, with a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend using gentle care dishwasher tablets.

Separate the glasses so as to avoid them having contact with other items.

Step 2.  Dry

Place the glasses on a towel or on absorbent surface to drain, or wipe delicately, holding the glass by the stem to minimize pressure.  Always use a lint-free fine cotton or linen towel.  Make sure that fingerprints are not transferred onto the sparkling glass.

Step 3.  Store

Always put the glasses back in their boxes or stand them upright, so they do not touch each other.

For decanters, it is best not to leave wine in them.  (They should be rinsed immediately after use.)  They should also always be stored without a cap so as to allow for airing.

Lalique Langeais Decanter with Stopper

Lalique Langeais Decanter with Stopper

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4 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Crystal Stemware

Crystal, known for its clarity, has long been used in the service of wine and other spirits. It is the choice of wine connoisseurs because its clear over all appearance allows the drinker to assess the color and viscosity of the wine or liquor.

Its bright reflective quality also allows fine wine glasses to actually sparkle.  Perfect for your champagne and other bubblies.

Another benefit of crystal is its ability to be spun thin. This is useful specifically for wine glasses at the rim where it can be very thin, but still heavier and more durable.  This allows for a more direct sip.

And let us not forget the other aesthetic qualities of crystal stemware which adds vibrance to your table setting:  its silver, sometimes purple, hue; plus, its refractive quality causing it to cast a rainbow prism effect when held up to the light.

Because wine appreciation is not just simply about the taste but also the enjoyment of the ambiance and aesthetics, crystal stemware can make the experience of the beverage better overall.

Click here to check out our stellar Crystal brands for collections that will give you a better wine tasting experience.

Waterford Castlemaine Champagne Flute

Waterford Castlemaine Champagne Flute

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Crystal Clear

Do you want to add some sparkle to your table setting?  Then aside from china and flatware, you must not be without crystal stemware.

After all, what are cocktails without the impeccable glassware that only crystal brings?

Crystal makes any occasion truly special by adding elegance to the table.  It will enable you to entertain with class and enjoy the finer things in life.

Crystal – Because not all that glitters is gold.

Click here to check out our stellar Crystal brands.

Baccarat Massena His & Hers Champagne Flutes

Baccarat Massena His & Hers Champagne Flutes

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4 Reasons Why You Should Invest in China

Are you still undecided in making that first china purchase?

Well, here are 4 reasons to convince you:

  1. With proper care, the quality of the china is preserved and its value appreciates.  Take the case of Royal Copenhagen’s Flora Danica Collection, said to be the most expensive china in the world.  A 20-piece service of this collection now costs $29,500!  Should you need money for emergency or whatever purpose, you can actually sell your china collection for much, much more than what you initially paid for it.  Especially here at Classic Replacements where we give you the lowest prices. As mentioned in the last blog – what drives the price is the craftsmanship of the china that dates back to centuries.  In the present world where everything is instant, craftsmanship has become a forgotten skill.
  2. Speaking of craftsmanship, if you are a true art aficionado, you know that china is one of the best representations of visual art. No words are needed for you to appreciate these works of art.  Anna Weatherley’s collection is an example.  Each piece is a masterpiece, delicately handpainted, not lacking in detail.  To display or to use – the choice is entirely up to you.
  3. Using china also gives you a taste of royalty. After all, fine china was originally manufactured only for the emperors or the royal family, you know.  Think of all the meaningful conversations you will have as you gather around the dining table with your family and friends.  And your guests will surely commend your sophisticated taste.
  4. Lastly, china is an heirloom that you can pass from generation to generation. It is a lifetime legacy for your grandchildren and even great grandchildren to remember you by.  What better reason could there be?

Are you convinced already?  Take that first bold step.  Click now.

Anna Weatherley Ivy Garland Flat Cup & Saucer Set

Anna Weatherley Ivy Garland Flat Cup & Saucer Set

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