Wine decanting

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What is wine decanting?

Decanting wine increases the complexity and fullness of a wine’s flavor. But what exactly does it do to the wine to accomplish this? Basically, when you pour wine into a decanter, which is generally larger than the original bottle and features a wide, rounded base, you are allowing the wine to “breathe” by exposing it to oxygen. The oxygen is what transforms the flavor of the wine.

Why should you decant wine?

Not every wine needs decanting. Many of us associate decanting with older vintage port wines or aged Bordeaux – wines that throw off a lot of sediment as they age.

Decanting separates the wine from the sediment, which not only would not look nice in your glass, but would also make the wine taste more astringent. Slowly and carefully decanting the wine ensures that the sediment stays in the bottle and you get a nice clear wine in the decanter, and subsequently in your glass.

A second and more everyday reason to decant is to aerate the wine. Many young wines can be tight or closed on the nose or palate. As the wine is slowly poured from the bottle to the decanter it takes in oxygen, which helps open up the aromas and flavours. Highly tannic and full-bodied wines benefit most from this – wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet blends, Syrah, and Syrah blends.

Opponents of decanting for aeration purposes argue that swirling the wine in your glass has exactly the same effect and suggest that decanting can expose the wine to too much oxygen, leading to oxidation and dissipation of aromas and flavour – which is what you don’t want to happen.

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How long can you leave wine in a decanter


If stored in the decanter, you’ll want to be sure to enjoy it within 2 to 3 days. Storing wine any longer than that once it has been opened is not recommended.

Some wines can be stored in your decanter but for older wines, they should be returned to the bottle.

For wines returned to the bottle, removing the air with a wine bottle vacuum pump specially designed for this purpose is recommended. This will allow you to store your wine much longer than if simply stored in the decanter. 

Wine Decanter with Wine Glass
Pouring wine into a wine decanter

Best wine decanters

Different shapes of decanters are beneficial for different wine varieties.

 ….any decanter is better than no decanter. With that in mind, the following 12 are your best options for wine decanters available today.

Quick wine decanting guide for you

Wine decanting Guide

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