Holiday Gift Guide, Decanters

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


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Balls to the Bottom

Speak of cleaning, it can be a real struggle to get a decanter properly cleaned. Rinsing with plenty of warm water helps, as does drying on a rack upside down. You can buy those specialized drying racks by the way, though I've always been able to manage to get my decanter to stay upside down while it dried without one.

Back to the balls though. Even doing all that, I have found that some residue does tend to build up on the bottom of my decanters, especially when I leave them out overnight with a touch of wine left in them. These decanter washing balls are the solution. They agitate the residue left in the decanter without effecting the decanter and obviate the need for harsh chemicals, which may leave a residue and affect the flavor and aroma of your next wine. They also make for great stocking stuffers!

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  • Snooth User: swinnea
    483269 16

    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

    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 1,084

    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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