Holiday Gift Guide, Decanters

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


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Of course, there is no reason to have to expose a massive surface area of wine to air. You could just wait longer to enjoy the wine. If you'e enjoying a wine that really needs to breath, chances are that you've either paid a pretty penny for it or have had cellared it patiently.

In either scenario, it behooves you to chill out and take the requisite time to enjoy the damn bottle! In which case, any old decanter would work just fine. While I have indulged my inner child with at least one foolishly designed but gorgeous decanter, the majority of the time I use a rather straightforward, simple design which has the added benefit of being easy to store and easy to clean.

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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
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    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


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