For such a simple task decanting your red wine can greatly improve how it tastes. Of course, you’ll need the right tools to get started—namely, a good decanter.
Most decanters are made of either glass or crystal, so they’re hardly an eyesore when placed on a table. But they’re not just a souped up centerpiece: A decanter’s chief purpose is to separate wine from sediment. Not only do these bits look less than appetizing in your glass, they can also make your wine taste a touch too acidic. Plus, decanting your wine lets it aerate, opening up its flavor profile.
Of course, there are plenty of different red wine decanters to choose from to house your choice cab. Much of the decision may even come down to aesthetics, as some decanters feature striking designs, while others don’t. Here are four of the very best in terms of both form and function on Amazon.
1. Riedel Cabernet Decanter
Riedel makes some of the best glassware in the biz, and its red wine decanter is no exception. Made of machine-blown crystal, it’s about nine inches tall and can hold about 37 ounces of wine—more than enough for a standard, 750 milliliter bottle—and, like any good red wine decanter, will remove any unwanted sediment from the bottle. It should only be washed by hand, though.
2. HiCoup Red Wine Decanter
HiCoup’s decanter does more than just aerate your vino—it stands out. The brand’s hand-blown glass decanter features a unique U-shaped design that is excellent at removing sediment and muting tannins. It’s also really stylish, so don’t be surprised if it becomes a subject of conversation at your next soirée. And if that wasn’t enough, it can be used as a decorative pitcher for your favorite fruit juice at breakfast.
3. Godinger Wine Decanter
Godinger’s red wine decanter may not be the biggest out there—it can hold a 750 milliliter of wine and that’s about it—but it gets some points for its ergonomic design. The top of the decanter is slanted rather than cut straight across, making it easier to pour without spilling. Plus, it’s sure to look beautiful on a mantle or dinner table.
4. Le Chateau Wine Decanter
One of the big perks of a red wine decanter is that it helps aerate your wine, which brings out its flavors. Le Chateau’s decanter is one of the best in that regard, as it’s perfectly engineered so that, when a full bottle of wine is poured in, it sits at the decanter’s widest point, so it can get as much air as possible. Of course, it can hold 32 ounces in total, but you’ll find the decanter is at its best holding just one 750 milliliter bottle’s worth.