Girls’ Night IN

I so enjoy spending time with friends.

There’s always so much to do in New Orleans, but there’s nothing wrong with a good old girls’ night in!

Yesterday, I was able to have breakfast with a friend who was in town for a conference and then wrapped up my day with a game night with my girlfriends.


Bible Taboo got HEATED! One of my friends got this candid shot of me clutching my pearls with the church fan going! šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚

We had a ball playing Bible Taboo and enjoying a few snacks.


What’s a game night without snacks?!?

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Decant or Naw?

This blog will be the first in a series of decanter reviews that I’ll be completing for the Bella Vino brand.

I’ve already shared my thoughts on some of their wine glasses via my various social media sites and I’ve been given three different decanters to review and share with you all. Ā (Yayyyyy!) We may even wrap up this series with a giveaway if the brand approves, so be on the lookout for an update!!!

What is a Decanter?Ā 

If you’re not already familiar with what a decanter is, it’s probably best to start with a quick, Wine-101 course. There’s soooo much that comes along with wine prep and wine tasting and no two guides agree on every detail, so please don’t think of this as an end all be all guide– it isn’t. It’s just a quick reference to give some context to my review. šŸ™‚

By being corked and stored, wines are typically left without any exposure to air for an significantĀ period of time untilĀ the bottles are opened. Ā As a result, wine needs to be exposed to the air in order to draw outĀ its full aroma and flavor.

There are two commonly known methods of preparing a newly opened bottle of wine: Using an aerator or using a decanter.

Aerator: AĀ wine aeratorĀ is a rapid approach to preparing wine for drinking, by adding oxygen into the liquid to improve the taste.

Decanter: DecantingĀ performs a somewhat similar act, but the main purpose is to remove the sediment from olderĀ wines.

Decanting isn’t always believed to be necessary for younger wines, but most recommend it for any wine that has been bottled for 5 years or longer. Given the age of these wines, they are more likely to have sediment resting in the stored bottle. Ā Transferring the wine from its original bottle to a decanter leaves the sediment in theĀ bottle, while theĀ wineĀ is poured into a different vessel. Ā At the same time, air is infused into the wine and the wine is better able to absorb oxygen once it is placed in the larger vessel. (Read waaaay more here.)

If wine isn’t your thing, this may still be worth reading since crystal is always one of my go to wedding gifts– It’s hard to go wrong with a quality dish or stemware.

More about theĀ Premium Red Wine Decanter by Bella VinoĀ (Details from the manufacturer):

ELEGANT DESIGN: This elegantly designed crystal glass wine decanter makes for a perfect center piece! With its simple yet beautiful design, it’ll wow your guests and be a stylish addition to your dinner table.

IMPROVES TASTE: Has a wide base that helps softens tanninsĀ in your wine. This provides for a smoother, richer, wine taste and texture that you are sure to love.

SPILL-PROOF SPOUT: This wine decanter has a carefully designed spout for a nice, no-mess pour. With its light and easy pour feature, you can pour your wine smoothly and easily.

MADE FROM PREMIUM MATERIALS: Enjoy your wine and stay healthy as this wine decanter is made from 100% lead-free, premium materials.

LIGHTWEIGHT AND STURDY: Made from transparent, thick, and durable crystal glass yet light and easy to use. This wine decanter doesn’t chip or break easily so it’s ideal for dishwasher use.


My Final Review:

I love the classic look of this decanter. Ā I do wish that it had come with a lid or stopper of some sort to use to store your wine if it’s not finished in one sitting Ā (not a common occurrence in New Orleans, but it happens). If you were to use a decanter like this, you would want to be sure to keep the original wine bottle to use to return the wine to for storage. This back and forth could be slightly annoying, especially given that it could have been avoided with a better product design, so I deducted one star from my review as a result.

Below are images of two of my upcoming reviews. I will also be reviewing some additional wine glasses and sharing my thoughts.

Would you all be interested in a giveaway?

Please let me know in the comments. Ā Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, “Go Fix Something!” šŸ™‚


Crystal Horn Decanter Review on Fix_It_With_Fran

Elegant Crystal Horn Wine Decanter

Large Bella Vino Wine Decanter Review by Fix_It_With_Fran

Large Crystal Wine Decaner