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Wine Decanters and Reasons To Use Them

Updated on January 12, 2018
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Red Wine Decanter
Red Wine Decanter | Source

Wine Accessories

Are wine decanters simple accessories or rather necessities when considering best wine gifts for wine lovers on your list? I guess it all depends upon how much they enjoy drinking wine and if they are interested in bringing out the full flavor and aroma of a bottle of wine.

Wine decanters are especially important for people who collect older vintages of wine.

If you know anyone who has a wine cellar in their home stocked with a great collection of wines both old and new, you can be sure that they undoubtedly already have an assortment of wine decanters as well.

Even people who do not have large collections of wine in their homes are still interested in decanting wine for a couple of reasons.

For people just learning to appreciate wine or individuals who have literally grown up knowing about wine and wine culture, a wine decanter is something that you might wish to consider when searching for just the right gift for yourself or others.

Decanters For Wine

Decanters for wine come in all sizes, shapes and price ranges.

If in your home environment you regularly host formal dinner parties with fine crisp linens, sterling silver place settings, fine bone china and crystal wine goblets then you probably want Riedel wine decanters, Baccarat decanters or some other fine crystal decanters to hold your wine which will be served to your guests.

If on the other hand your setting is more casual the decanters you wish to use may be simple glass wine decanters. Either one is fine and will ultimately do the same job with regard to how it will affect the wine you are serving and hope to enjoy.

Red Wine Decanters

There are a number of styles that are available for sale and each one suits a different purpose. The overall purpose of decanting wine is to help aerate the wine faster. Just the act of pouring the wine into the decanter exposes the wine to air which helps it "breathe" opening up flavor components that might be lacking from its short or long slumber after being bottled.

Once poured the wine in a wider bottomed decanter continues to have more air contact than a more narrow wine decanter.

An interesting note: Often those wide bottomed wine decanters are referred to as a ships decanter which makes sense. As the waves of the ocean rock a ship a wider bottomed base would help keep the decanter firmly planted onto a table and the precious liquid inside the decanter would be less likely to spill.

If however the wine needs just a bit of breathing time than a narrow sided decanter will suit the job perfectly.

Naturally timing of the opened bottle of wine also plays a factor in the ultimate taste of the wine. Some wines benefit from much longer breathing times than others.

Decanting Older Wines

Inserted into this post are some great videos explaining why decanting is necessary for older wines especially the wines made in a traditional manner.

After crushing grapes it is the contact with the grape skins, stems and seeds which gives wine its flavor and color up to a certain point. This process is closely monitored by winemakers and at a certain point the wine is transferred to other containers leaving most of this sediment called "lees" behind.

More lees sediment can be formed and filtration and clarification of the wine takes place sometimes in many different steps all depending upon the wine.

Fermentation of the wine continues even after being bottled and this is highly desirable for some wines that actually need that aging to develop full and exquisite flavors.

Other wines have short contact with the lees and short time in a bottle and are meant to be drunk as soon as they are purchased.

Aging of Wine

Wine is a living and breathing thing that continues to change through the years as long as it is left in the bottle.

Of course there comes a point in time when the aging process will become a detriment and the wine will be past its prime for drinking enjoyment. Many people dedicate their lives learning about this fascinating subject of liquid nectar for the gods.

When serving an older wine that is likely to have thrown some sediment it is advisable to stand the bottle upright for a day or even longer before decanting it. While sediment in the wine is not harmful it can detract from the enjoyment of a fine wine. After all who wants to see bits of floating debris in a fine crystal goblet?

If you previously knew nothing about the need for wine decanters hopefully you have learned something enjoyable from reading this post.


Enjoy your decanted wine!
Enjoy your decanted wine! | Source

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dale,

      We generally only use decanters if a wine is old and would benefit from additional breathing time or if it throws a lot of sediment (which some older wines do). Most of those are red wines. We have never decanted a white wine.

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      Dale Anderson 

      12 months ago from The High Seas

      This is an interesting topic because, in my house, I like red wine but my wife likes white. Perhaps we will find that we each also like different types of decanters?

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Wine decanters can definitely be very decorative. I am sure you are not the only one that did not know the various reasons for decanting a wine. Hope you found the perfect bottle of "vino" with which to practice! Ha!

      Wishing for you a most wonderful day today and thanks for the angels!

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Very informative...the little video about decanting was revealing. I had no idea.

      I do not drink a lot of wine and have never ever decanted a bottle but I do have decanters I have collected because I love the various shapes of them.

      Thanks for sharing Peggy. Now I suppose I must go off in search of a bottle of that the word? :D

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Your decanters will make nice gifts for your kids who do drink wine. Do you use them for any other purpose or just have them for their decorative effect? Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      7 years ago from America

      I love decanters and have a couple. I don't know why I don't drink wine. My kids do so someday they will have them. They are good gifts. Voted up and shared.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dragonflyfla,

      Perhaps your family members who like wine will like this hub regarding the "whys and wherefores" of decanting wine. Thanks for your comment and vote.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      So happy to hear that you learned about the reasons behind using wine decanters from reading this hub. Appreciate your comment, votes and the share.

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      Joy Campbell 

      7 years ago from South Florida

      Interesting and I am going to vote you that way along with up. I am not crazy about wine, but I certainly have family members that are.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Though I had an idea about wine decanters your hub is very detailed about the benefits and importance of having one. I surely learned quite a bit from this hub.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello TycoonSam,

      It is interesting what wine decanters can do with regard to presenting wines in the best manner possible. Appreciate your comment and votes.

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      8 years ago from Washington, MI

      Excellent Hub Peggy! So many decanters to choose from too!

      Voted up and useful

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello livelonger,

      Often we also pour directly from the bottles. But for older wines or those that might tend to throw a lot of sediment and/or fancier dinner parties, it is nice to have the wine decanters. As to using them for pouring water...nice touch! Will remember that! Thanks for your comment.

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      Jason Menayan 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      We tend to pour directly from the bottle - I guess we're just lazy - but a decanter does add a touch of elegance to a nice dinner. My brother & sister-in-law use theirs to pour water, too, so I guess they can be fairly versatile. You've selected some gorgeous ones above.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SanneL,

      Yes, if one has wine lovers on their list for any type of gift giving purposes, a wine decanter will always be appreciated. Nice to know that you learned a bit that you might not have known by reading this hub. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      8 years ago from Sweden

      This is a great hub to those that haven't yet found the perfect gift for Christmas. A wine decanter is a great gift for any home. Very informative hub. I learned so much about wine decanters, very helpful indeed.

      Voted up and useful!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Hope you found just the perfect wine decanter for that birthday present! Amazon has some pretty good prices.

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      9 years ago

      Had to pop back and check out your decanter hub as looking for one for a birthday present Peggy.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jimmy Evola,

      Glad that you enjoyed this hub about wine decanters. Hopefully you found it to be helpful. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Jimmy Evola 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Great hub, it was really detailed

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Nice! You can celebrate Father's Day tonight AND tomorrow with some fine wine! Enjoy!!!

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      9 years ago

      Right on cue am about to decanter some fine wine for fathers Day.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Enjoy your decanted wine tonight. We may use one of our wine decanters tomorrow night with a Beringer Howell Mountain Merlot. :)))

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      9 years ago

      Peggy makes me want to go and decanter a vintage red for the evening :)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello BigSerious,

      The taste of wine can be greatly improved if given enough time to breathe. Do a taste test. Take a taste of wine directly after a bottle has been opened. Then taste the same wine after it has breathed for a while. Most often you will be able to taste a difference and the taste is most often improved. Many big bold red wines in particular need that time to open up their flavors for full effect. Since you both like wine, go out and surprise your husband with a gift of a wine decanter. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised at what it does for your wine!

      Most often my husband opens bottles of red wine at least an hour before drinking (sometimes even longer) and then decants depending upon the age, sediment, and so forth. We have inexpensive glass wine decanters and also some fancier crystal ones for when we have dinner parties.

      Let me know what you think. Thanks!

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      Christen Roberts 

      9 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

      I love love love wine but have never used a decanter. And when I married my husband and he insisted on having it "breathe," I didn't understand that either. Yet I love wine! This hub was really helpful. Now that I know how they work, I wonder what I've been missing. Thank you!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Wine decanters as best gifts for wine lovers...only wine lovers or those learning about wine would be interested That is true. At least you know how and why they are used by reading this hub. I thank you for that. Happy New year to you!

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I thought this is the best gift for someone who love to drink wine. Unfortunately I never drink wine before. But Thanks for share with us. Have a nice day and Happy New Year.

      Blessing and hugs,

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky,

      If it makes your love pant, perhaps you SHOULD learn to decant! Haha!

      Wine decanters as best gifts for orange juice drinkers? Why not! Would lend a certain elegance. :)))

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      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Oh Peggy! I can't decant!

      I do not drink and so I shan't!

      Even if it should make my love pant?

      Well, maybe I should decant!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Hello, hello,

      Thanks for being the first to comment on this hub about wine decanters being perfect gifts for wine lovers. Glad that it had educational value as well. Always enjoy seeing you commenting on my hubs! :-)

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      A brilliantly written hub and I learned a lot from it. Thank you, Peggy


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