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10 Easy Pieces: Casual Decanters

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10 Easy Pieces: Casual Decanters

July 19, 2023

When serving a fine wine in a relaxed setting, an elaborate decanter doesn’t quite fit the bill. We like the idea of a more casual decanter: a vessel with simple proportions, potentially made of recycled glass, that still manages to aerate the wine within. Here are our 10 selects.

N.B.: Consider pairing a casual decanter with the New Short Wine Glass for indoor or outdoor entertaining.

from il buco vita, la riccia simple decanter is made from recycled glass in the 17
Above: From Il Buco Vita, La Riccia Simple Decanter is made from recycled glass in the Italian countryside of Maremma; $210 at March.
the holmegaard clear water carafe is designed initially for cabernet wines but  18
Above: The Holmegaard Clear Water Carafe is designed initially for cabernet wines but can be used for a variety of beverages; €60 at Rosendahl. For more from the designer, see our post The Timeless Table: Glass with Heart and Soul from Holmegaard.
the recycled glass decanter from la soufflerie is handmade from recycled glass  19
Above: The Recycled Glass Decanter from La Soufflerie is handmade from recycled glass in a Paris studio; $60 at The Primary Essentials.
the deborah ehrlich blue hill wine decanter, while made of fine, paper thin cry 20
Above: The Deborah Ehrlich Blue Hill Wine Decanter, while made of fine, paper-thin crystal, is designed with a simple, modern shape in collaboration with Laureen Barber of Blue Hill in New York; $390 at March.
from wine glass maker spiegelau, the casual wine decanter is \$39.99 at wine st 21
Above: From wine glass maker Spiegelau, the Casual Wine Decanter is $39.99 at Wine Stuff.
the il buco vita graduated pienza decanter is available in amber (shown), smoke 22
Above: The Il Buco Vita Graduated Pienza Decanter is available in Amber (shown), Smoke, or Clear; $160 at The Expert.
the made in decanter is the most traditional shape on our list. it&#8\2\17; 23
Above: The Made In Decanter is the most traditional shape on our list. It’s made of crystal, but in smaller proportions for pouring with one hand; $99 at Made In.
from french design duo tsé & tsé, the drunk decanter is 24
Above: From French design duo Tsé & Tsé, the Drunk Decanter is made of clear, mouth-blown glass; €62 at Tsé & Tsé.
the ngwenya recycled glass decanter is \$96 at bloomist. for more on the design 25
Above: The Ngwenya Recycled Glass Decanter is $96 at Bloomist. For more on the designer, see Stylish Recycled Glassware from Swaziland.
the la riccia pinch decanter is \$\2\15 from il buco vita. 26
Above: The La Riccia Pinch Decanter is $215 from Il Buco Vita.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a wine decanter?

A wine decanter is a vessel used to serve and aerate wine. It allows the wine to come into contact with oxygen, enhancing its flavors and aromas.

What is the purpose of a decanter?

The purpose of a decanter is to separate the wine from any sediment it may have, while also allowing it to breathe and develop its flavors.

How does decanting wine improve its taste?

Decanting wine helps to soften its tannins, enhance its aromas, and bring out its full flavor profile by allowing it to mix with oxygen.

What is the difference between a wine decanter and a serving carafe?

A wine decanter is specifically designed to aerate and separate wine from sediment, while a serving carafe is a more general vessel used for pouring and serving drinks.

Are all wine decanters made of glass?

No, wine decanters can be made of various materials such as crystal, stainless steel, or even acrylic. However, glass is the most popular choice due to its transparency and ability to showcase the wine.

Do I need to decant every wine?

No, not all wines require decanting. Decanting is generally recommended for older red wines, particularly those with sediment. Younger wines or whites may not benefit as much from decanting.

How long should I let wine decant?

The time required for decanting wine varies depending on the type and age of the wine. In general, younger wines may only need 30 minutes to an hour, while older wines with sediment may require several hours.

Can I use a decanter for other beverages?

Yes, you can use a decanter to serve other beverages such as whiskey, bourbon, or even non-alcoholic drinks. It can help enhance the flavors and presentation of various beverages.

How do I clean a wine decanter?

Cleaning a wine decanter can be a bit tricky due to its shape. It is best to hand wash it with warm water and a soft brush or sponge. Avoid using harsh cleaners or abrasive materials that may scratch the surface.

Are wine decanters dishwasher safe?

While some wine decanters may be labeled as dishwasher safe, it is generally recommended to hand wash them to prevent any potential damage or breakage.

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Water Carafe

$60.00 USD from Rosendahl

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