Any restaurant that serves wine should keep glassware wine carafes on hand, for serving both red and white wines. Not only do wine carafes add a touch of elegance to a table setting, but they also help control liquor costs. Plus, it's easier to up sell a carafe of wine to table than a whole bottle, further increasing profits.
A wine carafe is a tall pitcher with a narrow neck and wide base. Also known as wine decanters, wine carafes are not just a pretty serving piece. Their design is intended to enhance the flavor of wines, by aerating the wine as it is poured into the wine decanter from the bottle. True wine connoisseurs will appreciate the beauty and function of a wine carafe.
Glassware wine carafes:
- Come in a variety of sizes and styles.
- Are available in several price ranges.
- Work well with most restaurant decor.
Buy a restaurant wine carafe that will lastThere are many beautiful wine carafes on the market that feature hand-painted glass and delicate designs. While these may look great in your restaurant, a wine carafe designed for home use will not hold up to the rigors of a busy restaurant. It is best to stick with commercial wine carafes that can be run through a restaurant dishwasher without breaking or chipping.
Decide what size wine carafe will work best in your restaurantSome wine carafes are designed to hold as much as a bottle of wine. Before you buy, decide what size carafe will best suit your pricing. Do you want a restaurant wine carafe that will hold 2 glasses, 4 glasses or 6 glasses of wine?
Select wine carafes that will "wow" your guestsEven if you can't have the delicate hand-blown glass carafes made in tiny European villages for your restaurant, you can still purchase beautiful wine carafes that will impress restaurant guests. Look for wine carafes with sleek modern designs, such as extra wide bases and colored glass. They are both durable and beautiful and a lot easier on the budget than artisan wine carafes.
- Don't buy plastic wine carafes. It is like serving wine in a plastic cup. It just shouldn't be done. Stick with traditional glass wine decanters.