Last Updated on August 27, 2021 by Bill Allen
The best wine decanters not only give your wine a unique and elegant vessel to look at while it’s sitting on your table waiting to be drunk, they also help make your wine taste better because they allow your wine to breathe and aerate. Air enhances the taste of your wine. Pouring a bottle of red wine into a wine decanter gives your fine wines a chance to breathe a bit before the wine is consumed.
For the best tasting wine, wait fifteen minutes after pouring to let the wine settle a bit.
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But of course the most attractive aspect of a wine decanter is its looks. Some of these decanters are truly a beautiful piece of drinkware. My personal absolute favorite is the Le Chateau Wine Decanter, and it’s what I always use here at Upscale Drinks. Decanters should be something that is eloquent and adds to the overall presentation of the wine itself.
Glass decanters are the best for a few reasons. First, glass does not effect the taste of the wine at all. Most metal decanters will change the taste of your wine, and some metals like copper should simply never be used. Secondly, having a glass wine decanter allows you to see the color of the wine, and there’s nothing like the deep reds of many wines in a beautiful decanter to make any drinking experience more “Upscale”.
Regardless if it’s for a picnic, or a commercial restaurant, the best wine decanter will definitely add luxury to any situation.
Any wine decanter is better than no decanter, but I’ve listed the best ones below that I feel are not only functional, but created well and will last a long time if taken care of. And like I said, try to stick to glass and get something that speaks to you own personal taste as far as looks. If it moves you in some way when it’s empty, imagine when it is full. Or re-filled for the third or fourth time in a row!
This is arguably the best wine decanter in the market today. The Le Chateau Wine Decanter comes with an exclusive and elegant look that literally makes you feel like royalty every time you use it.
It comes off as a hand blown and lead-free crystal glass that is fit for the red wine carafe. It is so elegant that you can actually decide to wrap it up and give it as a present to your friend. You will want it for the impression that it makes on your friends, as well as the fact that it enhances ambience of your preferred drinking location, and preserves the purity and taste of your wine.
The decanter is spacious enough for two standard bottles of wine with its amazing 1.5 liters capacity. This decanter allows for the aeration of your wine, making it better in taste and aroma.The pouring spout is slanted for easy pour to prevent any inconveniences that come when pouring your wine out. This will ensure that minimal spillage occurs, and that you keep your surroundings clean even as you sip on your favorite beverage. The decanter also has a wine breather that is specially designed to enable the enhancement of the taste of the wine.
You may want to purchase this decanter if there is someone you want to impress by offering this as a gift to them. You can make this a present for your spouse, mother, and even parents in law.
Bormioli Rocco Selecta
If you are one of those people who believe in love at first sight, then the Bormioli Rocco Selecta is the wine decanter of your dreams. This Italian wine toy immediately bewitches you with its stunning look, and then captures your heart once you learn about its amazing features. Then comes the amazing low price which is an under- belt hit if you still want the classy but pocket conscious goodies. It is elegant, vintage in style, and pleasing to the eye. You will love the large capacity that is approximately one liter, enough to have a full standard wine bottle under the lid.
The glass is stunningly cut to reveal grooves that will never cease to intrigue your mind. You will love the narrow neck and the square stopper. The flared sides are among the many things that make this bottle irresistible.
One tip for you if you settle on this particular decanter: you may want to use the Bormioli collection of drink ware to make a perfect match for your wine spree. Knowing which wine glass and their differences will help you decide which wine glasses are the best to buy. It is easy to clean and safe to use in the dishwasher as well, which makes it very convenient if you plan to use this piece of equipment regularly.
Wine Decanter and Drying Stand
It is stylish; it is glamorous, making this decanter a favorite among those fashionable types. Mention a decanter to the vintage wine lovers, and this wine decanter comes to their mind. The shape is bold and aggressive, the capacity is a hot point that many wine lovers will dream about. At a 1.8 liters capacity, this is so far, the largest wine decanter.
Its intriguing shape will make you fall in love with it. Sitting on a stainless steel stand the decanter’s wide base and long neck will depict a swan in the water. It oozes an aura of style and tranquility, and the wine sits gracefully, having all the aeration there could be.The design is maximized for the flavoring and aerating the wine. Made of lead free crystal glass, the decanter is an absolute treat for the average wine lover or the serious wine collector.
The stand is also rubber coated and therefore it will not slide, rust, or bend. You can have it sent to your friend in a golden gift wrapper, and stun them for a lifetime.
Bormioli Rocco Dedalo
This is another of the masterpieces from Bromioli Rocco. It comes off with the clear and stunning stylish cut glass that reflects light and leaves your wine glowing. As beautiful as it is, Bromioli has managed to fashion a narrow neck and a squared stopper that seems to sit above the decanter. Unlike the Bromioli Rocco Selecta, the square edges gave been curved to give the bottom a narrower base. You will love the shape that gives this decanter a sticking shoulders top. The price is a one- off love story that is cooked by the Bormioli Company, which has made glass for more than 250 years.
Wine Decanter WBSEos
We are into the amazing and stunning world that glass and shapes can make. This decanter is 100% hand blown Lead free Crystal glass. The work done on the artisanship of this decanter arouses mixed feelings, mostly a mixture of awe and intrigue. You will want to look twice at it, and then you will want to hold it.
The amazement continues with the delicate look and the 1.2 liters capacity that is provided by this wine decanter. The spout has been designed for easy pour and the shape is a much appreciated added accessory to your bar. Coupled with a great looking wine cooler for your white wine, you can boldly have it as a centerpiece on your table to impress your friends or family.
Bella Vino Wine Decanter and Aerator
Glamour starts right off with the name of this Decanter. The Bella Vino wears a stunning shape that has a narrow neck leading to a wide aeration hold that settles on a protruded base.
It is all made of 100% lead free crystal glass to allow a durable design that is light in weight. You will love the 0.75 liters capacity that comes with the decorative shape of this decanter.
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Why You Should Decant Wine
The need to aerate red wine, (let it breath), has been known for ages, and if it is a young wine, it is a necessity to get the full enjoyment of the vintage. Traditional methods of aerating a wine were to decant it and let it “breath” for an hour or so before drinking. This allowed air to mix with the wine, bringing out the full bouquet of the wine, and enhancing the flavor by softening the effects of the tannins.
It also allows sediments to settle to the bottom. Modern wine aerators do a good job of aerating wines, but there are two areas of the process they just don’t do as well as decanting into a true wine decanter.
Wine, especially red wine, develops sediment as it ages. (technical explanation) Mostly this will be a fine sediment that is a visual problem, it will give you a cloudy glass, but there could also be larger sediment particles that not only look unappealing, but also taste bad. A modern wine aerator is designed to aerate the wine, not necessarily to filter it. So you could end up with sediment particles floating in your glass.
Secondly, and some would argue most importantly, properly decanting wine can be almost ritualistic, a significant and enjoyable part of the wine drinking process. When you take the time to properly decant an aged red wine, the process itself builds the anticipation of what is to come. You lose that when you use an “instant” wine aerator.
Wine Decanting with a Wine Funnel and Screen
Remembering that we are decanting aged red wines, the use of a wine funnel with a filtering screen, and a true wine decanter are the tools to use.
A wine funnel is nothing more than a small funnel sized for the task. Combined with an insert-able filter screen, the funnel serves the dual-purpose of beginning the aeration of the wine and filtering most of the larger sediment particles.
As the wine pours down from the large top of the funnel, through the smaller “spout” of the funnel, the Bernouli effect causes air to be drawn in and mixed with the wine flow. As the wine exits the funnel, you will be able to see a difference in the wine appearance due to its aeration.
A good wine decanter must have a body that allows a large surface area of the wine to be exposed to air. This continues the aeration process started by the funnel. A typical carafe may be fine for serving wine, but it is not a true wine decanter. The body is too narrow to create a large enough surface area for the wine to contact the air.
Like the wine decanter on the left.
A good wine decanter is more than just a vessel for your wine, it can be a treasured display piece that elevates the serving of a glass of wine to a visual experience. You can find them in classic antique designs or geometric shapes that defy traditional descriptions. This is one of the wine service pieces that really allows you to express your personality!
Wine Sediment – Technical Description
During fermentation, yeast cells convert the sugars from the grapes into ethanol, the alcohol of the wine. The grape sugars deplete as the fermentation process continues. (aging) As the sugars deplete there is less food for the yeast cells and the yeast cells die and fall to the bottom of the vat. These dead yeast cells are called lees.
This is the point that really differentiates reds from whites. The process that occurs while wine is left in contact with the lees, (dead yeast cells), is called, Autolysis. Autolysis is a further chemical reaction between enzymes of the lees and the wine which produces mannoproteins. These proteins give the wine a more creamy and full-bodied taste. They also bind with the tannins, reducing some of the natural bitterness and giving the wine a softer taste.
Typically winemakers use a process called “racking”, moving the wine to new clean vats to separate it from the lees. This is the case for white wines and light red wines. Full bodied reds are left in longer contact with the lees for the flavor and body characteristics they impart.
Bottle sediment occurs two ways, 1.)some of the original fermentation lees are bottled with the wine, (typically for wines intended to be further aged), and 2.)some full-body wines will continue fermentation in the bottle for up to 5 years, producing more lees (dead yeast cells), i.e. sediment, as the process continues.While for certain wines the lees provide desirable contributions to the wine, you don’t want to taste them. That is why sediments should be removed from the wine before drinking.
Can You Put Vodka in a Decanter?
Of course you can. You can put any alcoholic drink into a decanter. As long as the top closes tightly, there is really no difference whether it’s in a bottle or a decanter. Just remember, placing vodka in a decanter won’t improve its taste, but it will most definitely improve its presentation.