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Riedel Amadeo Lyra Decanter

Creating a Masterpiece

The Riedel Amadeo Lyra Decanter has a unique shape, allowing for effective and stylish decanting

The highlight of the Limited Edition Riedel Amadeo Collection, created to celebrate the glass company's 250th anniversary, is their Lyra decanter. The completely handmade and hand-blown 24-percent lead crystal work of art shaped like a lyre combines both the practical and the pretty.

The decanter's name and its shape have musical roots. Riedel named their latest line of products, which includes stemless Cabernet and Chardonnay wine glasses, after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Like Riedel, the composer was also born 250 years ago in Austria, and his work is still being enjoyed today.

While in use, the Amadeo Lyra helps aerate and open up wines so that they show their aromas and flavors. The wine is poured from the bottle into the wider opening, then poured into the glass through the narrow opening. While on display, it is a fine example of skillfully blown glass. Because of its unique shape, no two Lyra decanters look exactly alike.

Reviewed by Jeff Hoyt

Price: Around $240 on Amazon


Making a Lyra Decanter

Gathering the post, or molten glass
Preparing the post on the Wulgaplate, which cools the molten glass
Gathering the post, or molten glass
Preparing the post on the Wulgaplate, which cools the molten glass

The post beginning to be blown
Extracting the glaslot
The post beginning to be blown
Extracting the glaslot

Retightening the glaslot
Bending to the basic form
Retightening the glaslot
Bending to the basic form

Burnishing the cut surface with the cork gap
Hot air dehydration after washing
Burnishing the cut surface with the cork gap
Hot air dehydration after washing

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