Decanters are a part of wine culture that aren’t always talked about but are very important. On a basic level, decanters are a vessel to hold wine, however, they offer a lot more than just a container. Many wines require a level of “breathing” when you open them before drinking which allows the oxygen to hit the liquid, aerating the aromas. When you decant, especially a heavy red wine, you’re reforming any sediment to the wine itself so that it isn’t separated when you drink it.
Just like everything else in the wine world, there are plenty of options to suit the needs you have when decanting. And sometimes they’re purely aesthetic! So here are our recommendations for the five best decanters on the market this year.
Electric: vSpin Wine Aerator
Electric decanters speed up the aeration process by making a little tornado inside the decanter. This means instead of letting it sit for hours, you can effectively create the same outcome in a quarter of the time.
Crystal: Reidel Boa Decanter
Crystal is classy, what else is there to say? This one is beautiful and in a really cool shape. Reidel is known for their high quality wine gear, especially that made of glass and crystal. This one is no joke on the price but it will last you for your entire lifetime, and your children’s lifetimes.
Classic Carafe: Godinger Wine Decanter Carafe
The classic carafe is always a good idea. There isn’t anything fancy about it but it definitely gets the job done. The wide mouth of the decanter allows for a big influx of air which helps the aeration process and the slanted top makes sure you don’t spill when you pour.
Unique: Menu Wine Decanter
Getting the wine back in the bottle after you decant it can be a pretty big struggle and if your decanter doesn’t have a stopper, your wine gets wasted. This unique design lets you pour it straight back into the bottle with no spillage, plus the aeration happens as it pours so the next time you pop that bottle open, it will be ready to drink.
Overall: HiCoup Wine Decanter
Sometimes you want form AND function at the same time and that’s what you’ve got with this decanter. The beautiful design adds to your experience while doing its first job of decanting and aerating your wine. It’s easy to pour from too.
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