Give your wine a breath of fresh air with these party-ready carafes and decanting vessels.

Adam Campbell-Schmitt
Updated March 20, 2019
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For most meals or casual evenings at home, pouring wine directly from the bottle suffices while having a glass or two. But for dinner parties, brunches, and cocktail attire-worthy soirees, serving wine in a decanter, usually made of glass or crystal, can give your best bottles an added boost of flavor and drinkability. While bottled wine is already sealed inside glass and behind a cork or a screw top until it’s meant to be enjoyed, giving wines (especially older or tannic reds) a breath of fresh air by pouring into a glass decanter or carafe can bring it to life.

Here are the reasons you should decant wine, according to Food & Wine Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle:

  1. It’s old. Older wines tend to have sediment accumulated at the bottom of the bottle. Pour these wines slowly into a decanter and you’ll avoid getting those gunky bits in your glass when you serve it. Plus, many decanters have a bulbous lower half and skinnier neck that further keeps floaters from creeping out.
  2. It needs oxygen. To get the fullest expression “as the wine interacts with air, the aromas come out, the flavors blossom, it makes the wine more delicious,” Isle says. Use a confident, heavy-flow pour to expose as much of your wine to the air as possible, as it travels from bottle to decanter.

While any clean vessel you can pour a whole bottle of wine into will work for the purposes of getting it properly aerated, here are nine super stylish containers designed for the job:

RBT Wine Decanter

Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

This decanting kit adds glints of gold the table thanks to a gold-colored stainless steel aeration funnel and banded acacia wood coaster.

RBT Wine Decanter — $100 on williams-sonoma.com

Crescendo Carafe 48-ounce Decanter

Courtesy of Wayfair

This organically-shaped carafe features a cutout that's as practical for holding and pouring as it is pleasing to the eye.

Crescendo Carafe 48-ounce Decanter — $30 on wayfair.com

Seneca Faceted 64-ounce Decanter

Courtesy of Wayfair

The clean lines and flat facets of this decanter will fit in with any modern or industrial tablescape.

Seneca Faceted 64-ounce Decanter — $39 on wayfair.com

Sagaform White Wine Decanter

Courtesy of Nordstrom

For less of a footprint, this tall decanter is sleek and simple.

Sagaform White Wine Decanter — $30 on nordstrom.com

Irving Cut Glass Decanter with Wood Stopper

Courtesy of Crate and Barrel

If your aesthetic is for funky as much as functional, the etched banding on this decanter gives it a hip — or dare we say hipster — vibe.

Irving Cut Glass Decanter with Wood Stopper — $50 on crateandbarrel.com

Waterford Elegance Carafe

Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

This otherwise standard decanter breaks up its smooth silhouette with two metallic bands for a bit of character.

Waterford Elegance Carafe — $195 on bloomingdales.com

Baccarat Chateau Decanter

Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

This crystal decanter is deceptively simple but makes a beautiful statement piece with its unique shape.

Baccarat Chateau Decanter — $575 on bloomingdales.com

Vera Wang Wedgwood Bande Wine Decanter

Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Leave it to Vera Wang to design this elegant decanter with a cylindrical base and single etched ring that begs to be your next wedding gift.

Vera Wang Wedgwood Bande Wine Decanter — $105 on bloomingdales.com

Frost Wine Decanter

Courtesy of CB2

This droplet-shaped decanter is topped off by a frosted glass sphere stopper for an added element of interest.

Frost Wine Decanter — $35 on cb2.com

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