Holiday Gift Guide, Decanters

Why do we use them and which kind should you buy?


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Punting

In order to best aerate wine, you want a lot of the wine to be exposed to air. Paradoxically, as the wine gets more air, you'll want to expose less of it to further aeration, and once you start drinking the wine, you'll want to reduce that surface area to volume ratio even more. What's a wine lover to do?

This is where punts, those little cones in the bottom of the decanters come into play. As you consume your wine, the peak of the punt emerges. As the volume of wine goes down, more punt is exposed, further reducing the surface area of the wine. It's an inelegant solution and probably does little to adjust the volume to surface area ratio, but it does make for great marketing speak!

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  • Snooth User: swinnea
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    My wife, the nurse, won't let me get a "duck". Looks too much like a urinal.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM


  • The other great thing about a decanter is that it removes ugly labels from your dining table. It's an aesthetic decision as much as an oenological one. Would you put ugly plates or cutlery on your table? If you've got a great wine with a nasty label...decant it! See http://sedimentblog.blogspot.com/20...

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:24 AM


  • The Decanter is handy for three main reasons
    1. To oxygenate any young red wine - releasing its flavours
    2. To slowly pour into it any old wine that may have sediment at teh bottom of the bottle
    3. To know more about a wine (colour, aroma etc) hidden behind a coloured glass winebottle.

    We got a basic one from a charity (second hand) shop and it has been fine.

    There is a lot of poncery about opening wines hours before you drink them and another good reason for decanting is to puncture such pomposity

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:46 AM


  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
    Hand of Snooth
    154660 995

    I use several decanters when I have blind tastings. This is much better than bags over bottles.

    Dec 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM


  • Snooth User: JCBellomy
    936597 7

    I just love the look of a decanter on a beautiful dining table, esp. in candlelight...

    Dec 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM


  • good

    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM


  • outstanding

    Sep 09, 2013 at 3:18 PM


  • Snooth User: gomab37
    1332096 17

    Novice wine drinker, enjoyed the insight.

    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:40 AM


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