It’s time to raise a glass—but only if it’s filled with wine that’s been properly aerated beforehand. One of the easiest way to achieve that at home is with a good decanter. There’s a classic, wide-bottom silhouette that many first think of when it comes to these pieces, but not all follow that blueprint. Some are made of crystal or glass that’s been molded into more dynamic shapes or are carved with intricate designs. No matter what they look like, though, all should first and foremost open up the wine and separate it from any sediment. Here, seven of our favorites that tick all the boxes.
Ralph Lauren Dagny Decanter
Most know Ralph Lauren for polo shirts and Purple Label tailoring, but the brand’s homeware is just as carefully made. Inspired by opulent, Edwardian-era aesthetics, it’s a crystal decanter that’s a bona fide centerpiece in and of itself.
Riedel Ultra Decanter
Riedel’s spot on this list should come as no surprise, as the Austrian glassmaker has long been top-of-mind for all things wine and spirits. Its Ultra decanter features a simple, sleek design that’s made to perfectly oxidize a full bottle of vino.
Baccarat Oenology Wine Decanter
Crystal decanters don’t get much better than this. Its design may look simple at first, but its clean curves and lines are both bold and elegant, all without being too over the top. It’ll match the rest of your glassware, then, without completely stealing the show.
Nude Beak Decanter
Nude prides itself on creating simple, handmade glassware that still has a concept behind it. This decanter does just that: Its spout is meant to look like a bird’s beak, creating a unique silhouette that you won’t find anywhere else.
Luigi Bormioli Wine Decanter
It’s not exactly breaking any rules in terms of its design, but if you’re someone who wants an unfussy but quality decanter, that’s a good thing. Like all of Bormioli’s pieces, this one is made in Parma, Italy, where glassmaking and other artisan crafts are a long, all-important tradition.
Williams Sonoma Handled Decanter
This decanter does not, rather obviously, look like the others. That’s because there’s a big hole in the middle of it, which does serve a purpose as a handle that you can use to grab the piece and move it around—or, more likely, to pour another round.
Lalique 100 Points Decanter
It may be a bit showy for some, but there’s no denying that Lalique’s decanter makes a real statement. The brand designed it in collaboration with wine critic James Suckling, so there’s plenty of expertise behind it in terms of both form and function.