Yesterday was about food, wine, and a Claret jug
My muscle fatigue and balance issues mean that I can no longer pour wine into a decanter, and I had some that was going to benefit from decanting from the point of giving it a bit of air, and separating the sediment….so my friend brought a claret jug over, and duly decanted said wine a couple of hours before we were due to eat.
Is that not a lovely item? (Don’t tell, but if it were mine I would have cleaned the silver!)
I would have too Sue 😀
Agreed, but then, what the hell. Was the wine good?
The wine was very good – a 2005 Chateauneuf, all the better for decanting.
It is lovely. I’m sorry about your continuing issues with muscle fatigue and balance, Sue. I learned firsthand this weekend of balance issues as I overstepped a lower step in a museum and fell hard on a marble floor, twisting my ankle in the process. The next day, I almost fell again! I’m seeing a doctor today to find out if I have a twisted ankle or a broken foot, or just some kind of strain. Anyway, wine would certainly be a great antidote!
Well, I just have to make the best of what I still can do
That’s all you can do Sue, as we all must. 🙂
Things like Claret jugs and decanters seem to be less popular now. When I got married in 1977, we received a set of Bohemian crystal decanters as a wedding gift, accompanied by a set of six of each glasses for various drinks. Most of them were undamaged when we split up in 1985, and I sometimes wonder if my ex-wife still uses them.
Best wishes, Pete.
Well, most wine now doesn’t need decanting anyway….
It is a lovely piece. Know any history of it? When made? (Can’t tell, but looks later than the Brilliant period. A good many old pieces are leaded glass.)
Many people now do not polish the silver often because old silver pieces do wear down over the years – would be a shame to lose the details. Human touch does “polish” the tarnish a bit like with Navaho jewelry (If you wear it a lot, it stays “polished”; store it and it goes dark)
That’s a treasure for sure (and glad it’s used – things put away are sad – you might as well not have them at all)
I don’t know the history- must ask my friend
Does the muscle fatigue and balance issues impact your photography and travels?
Oh yes, but I’m learning to adapt over time. Travel is much more limited, and for the last 7 years I have been using mirrorless cameras with small lenses, as I can’t lift anything too heavy…
I won’t “breath” a word 😊
That IS lovely, even uncleaned.
It is lovely, but would look better for a bit of silver polish. We got rid of all our silver a while ago. Life’s too short to polish it. 😀
I would have polished it too — especially if the wine was really good. I think I t adds to the experience.
Well, yes, but silver polish has a sharp smell, wouldn’t do the wine much good…a glass decanter is best!
Agree about the decanter. I don’t use silver polish because I hate the smell. Toothpaste works well to clean silver and you rinse away the “minty freshness” quite easily.
Well, I’ve never heard that before!
I react to a lot of household cleaning products, so use alternatives whenever I can find them.
Some of the answers are very telling 🙂 🙂 Me, I just like the jug. And claret!
Except we weren’t drinking claret that day!
You are excused 🙂 🙂
Indeed….I love a top Rhône wine, which is what we were drinking.
Sorry about your physical problems but regarding photography, you still do a great job. We once shared a very expensive and very good wine with friends and because we were in the mountains and they didn’t have their usual decanter, we used a vase from Walmart. 🙂 Wine tasted fantastic anyway and made it even more fun.
My physical problems are a challenge and a nuisance…. Glad you like my photography! Love the story of the wine in the mountains!
We were given a claret jug as a wedding present in 1981. I don’t think we ever used it and I’m not sure where it went. Hadn’t thought about it for years till I read this!
Isn’t it funny how memories are triggered!