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Bird decanter at Fitzsu

November 21, 2009

For wine lovers with a sense of humor and a taste for the modern, this bird decanter -- a new arrival at the Los Angeles store Fitzsu -- is a welcome change in the way one might aerate a favorite red.

The profile suggests Scandinavian design, but the piece is actually mouth-blown glass from Italy. Think fun and functional: The low, wide bowl benefits younger vintages that need more room to breathe, and the shape of the piece allows for graceful handling and serving. Simply straddle your index and middle fingers around its leg and cradle the bowl in the palm of your hand, then pour.

It's $330 at Fitzsu, 7970 Melrose Ave.; (323) 655-1908; www.fitzsu.com.

To complement the decanter, look for Perch ceramic designer Amy Adams' holiday hit, the Shake a Leg salt-and-pepper set. A pair of shakers amusingly shaped like little bird feed sells for $48 at www.velocityartanddesign.com.

-- David A. Keeps

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