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Wine lovers are very familiar with the tannins and strong alcohol that tends to overpower the wine's aroma and flavor. To enjoy your wine, they are transferred into another container called a wine decanter to aerate it and soften the tannins. However, it is not also good for wine to be overly aerated so there is a need for a stopper to stop the action of the air with the wine.
The Science of Wine Decanting
Wine-making is both a science and drinking wine that involves science more than you ever know. When the wine was bottled, the least is for a year, most of the compounds that made it into wine are trapped inside the bottle. These compounds tend to cloud the flavor and aroma of the wine if drunk immediately after opening it, defeating the purpose of enjoying the wine.
To remove or at least "soften" these compounds, wine should be aerated. Some swirl the wine in the glass before taking a sip on it. Others use wine aerators to hasten the aeration that no wine decanters can do on their own.
However, while using the wine aerator has positive effects on the wine, some still prefer the old way of aerating the wine - decanters.
Wine Decanter: An Engineering Feat
The decanter was designed in such a way to increase the surface area where the wine is put into. Usually, the neck of the decanter is slender to let the wine move through it at a fast speed, thereby decreasing the pressure in the wine. This allows the air to move with the wine into the decanter. This is known as Bernoulli's principle.
The bowl of the wine decanter should be circular so that the movement of the air is continuous and it is maximized. When the wine is decanted, air - more importantly, oxygen - mixes with the wine. When oxygen mixes with the wine, oxidation takes place, breaking down some of the compounds that are in the wine.
However, there is only so much oxidation that the wine can tolerate. This is called saturation, meaning the wine can no longer take up more oxygen. The saturation level of wines depends on the type of wine. When this happens, the wine changes and loses its characteristic fruity aroma and flavor.
To stop oxygen saturation of the wine, a wine decanter stopper is an answer. The idea of the wine stopper is to effectively block out oxygen from seeping into the container so it should be airtight. Glass, rubber, silicone, and cork are among the most common picks but it seems that the cork is the most effective as it does not react with the cold when the decanter is placed in the fridge as opposed to the other choices.
Nothing on this list can beat the elegance of the Godinger Pave Decanter, simple body yet classy stopper. The crystal beads and gold trimming on the rim are well-thought of. It can please the most exacting wine connoisseurs who are not only demanding on their wines but on their wine ware too.
Functionality comes with lots of freebies. Just kidding. The BTäT Decanter with Free Accessories is a perfectly efficient wine decanter that comes with accessories that makes maintenance easier. With the drying rack, stainless steel beads, and flexible brush, no reason that your wine decanter will lose its luster and beauty.
Most Efficient Decanter-Aerator
The YouYah Iceberg Wine Decanter Set is among the 4 decanter-aerators in this list but we love the waterfall effect of the aeration, superfine filter, and airtight stopper all working together for a well-aerated wine. It also comes with a drying rack and stainless steel beads for better cleaning.
Enhance the aroma and flavor of your wine with a graceful decanter beautiful enough to mesmerize any wine lover. The long slender neck and the wide lower body make the aeration of the wine possible. This is the main function of the wine decanter, to aerate the wine.
This 100% lead-free, handblown decanter adds elegance and sophistication to your home or office bar. It is large enough to hold a standard bottle of wine.
The snout is slanted for easy and no-messy pouring. To stop the aeration process that might do more wrong than good for your wine, it comes with a round cork stopper.
This large decanter handcrafted in Europe from lead-free crystal can hold almost 2 standard bottles of wine. The dome at the center of the bottom of the decanter interrupts the pouring of the wine, causing it to be aerated. Hold it by the neck as to give it a little swirl for more aeration action.
Topped with a lead-free round crystal stopper fashioned into a globe, this stopper adds allure to the otherwise simple decanter. Imagine a wine stopper so beautiful like this etched globe stopper that will take you to places you have and haven't been to as you enjoy a glass of lovely wine? Don't be too surprised if you have planned a whole destination vacation by the end of the evening, all thanks to the inspiration of this stopper.
This diminutive wine decanter standing at 10.5" and diameter of 7.5" does pack a lot of wine at 58oz. With a slender neck and wide lower bottom, it is elegant but practical. It is also well-packed in the brand's crystal foam box.
Classy yet practical - these are the very words that can be used to describe this overly large decanter with a capacity to hold 2 standard bottles of wine plus more. At 1.8L, this is one of the largest decanters on this list.
However, do not be tempted to fill it with more than 1 bottle of wine since it will defeat the purpose of aeration. The wine bottom was designed to hold 1 bottle to maximize the aeration process as the wine passes from the slender neck to the wine bowl of the decanter.
The decanter comes with very important tools to keep it in good condition - a cork stopper, stainless steel beads, and drying rack.
The cork stopper is round so you don't have to worry about how to fit it. Unlike glass stoppers, work stoppers can fit into the spout for an airtight seal. This will ensure that the wine doesn't get too aerated.
Cleaning might be a hassle but not with the stainless steel beads and flexible cleaning tool to ensure that every cranny hasn't been neglected. Wine stains can be gross if left altogether.
Say no more to water drips when drying your glassware. The decanter also comes with a stainless steel finished drying rack with a clear rubber ring to prevent scratches on the item. Not rust-proof, keep the drying rack dry when not in use.
While decanting can take hours before being effective on the tannins, this decanter serves as an aerator also. You need just three easy steps to decant and aerate your wine in surprisingly less time to do it.
First, tip the decanter and fit it into the wine bottle spout. Next, tip the wine bottle so the decanter sets on the table while the wine bottle stays on, upside down. When all the wine was transferred into the decanter, the aeration/decanting process is over. Remove the empty bottle of wine.
You can serve the wine directly from the decanter or put it back into the wine bottle. Just reverse the earlier step with the bottle on the table and the decanter upside down on it. However, it is best to return it to the bottle after getting your fill and make use of the decanter.
It also comes with accessories to help maintain its quality. A stainless steel drying rack will help keep your wine decanter. It is designed so it can be used with most wide bottom decanters. It also comes with a pack of stainless steel beads to help clean the decanter effectively.
Great artistry and craftsmanship are showcased in this mouth-blown wine decanter. It comes with an oak stopper to ensure that your decanted wine stays fresh.
The wide bowl makes sure that the wine is well aerated. Just fill half of the bowl for better aeration.
Designed to serve the most exacting taste of wine lovers, the Mulstone Apericana Decanter is made with 100% lead-free crystal that will not cloud with time. It has angles to increase the aeration process that is not achieved in circular decanters. This way, more aroma, and flavor is released for a more intense wine experience.
The wide base also helps in the aeration process as it provides more surface area, not to mention that it offers a more stable decanter. The neck is just the right size for holding and pouring. The textured exterior also helps stabilize the grip even if the bowl is full.
The decanting lid/stopper gives is a graceful decanter designed to interrupt the flow of the wine poured into it. It is fitted with a filter devised to spread the flow of the wine around the decanter for more efficient aeration. It does not only aerate, but it also filters out sediments for a better drinking experience. Traditional decanting takes at least 1 hour but with the Iceberg Decanter, it is cut short to 3-5 minutes.
This decanter is made with 100% high-quality lead-free crystal. The stopper is made of food-grade stainless steel and silicone gel. It is not only functional, but it is also made artfully. At the bottom of the bowl, an artful mound increases the contact of the wine with the air inside for more breathing.
This beautiful decanter was made in Portugal following EU standards, ensuring a compliant product. High quality 100% lead-free crystal paired with an oak corkball and made fancier with a silken serviette.
The slender neck of the decanter ends with the overly wide bowl for a larger surface area for better aeration. It can hold the contents of a 750ml bottle. If decanting a white wine that does not need aeration, just put in the corkball.
The odd shape of this decanter not only ensures the proper aeration of your red wines, but it also makes it more delectable. Made with 100% high-quality lead-free crystal, the spout is angled for less messy pouring. No more dark tablecloths even if you want to use the light-colored ones.
This decanter is made with 100% lead-free borosilicate glass and can hold 1.8L of wine. The elegant design of this classic decanted makes it a great addition to your home and office bar.
The tall, slender neck assures a well-aerated entry of the wine as it is poured into the decanter. This ensures that the wine releases its aroma and flavors for a sensory experience you don't want to miss.
The decanted comes with a glass stopper that effectively stops air contact with the wine. Fill just up to the bowl to optimize aeration.
The decorative stopper decorated with cut crystals is one of the best selling points of this decanter. The gold trim on the stopper adds class and opulence that you deserve. It can hold 68 ounces of wine.
It is made of 100% lead-free clear crystal that will not cloud. This decanter set has also matching bottles sold separately. It comes with a lovely giftable box for stylish gift-giving.
Here's another decanter that marries elegance and beauty with functionality and sensibility. It also doubles as an aerator. It comes with a wine spray funnel so the wine is evenly distributed around the bottle for an even better aeration experience. The funnel is equipped with a fine sediment filter for a sediment-free wine.
Made with hand-blown lead-free and clear crystal, it elevates the wine-drinking experience that ruins you for wine that has not been aerated.
This beautiful decanter and stopper made from lead-free borosilicate crystal can be personalized for a more touching all-occasion gift. It can hold 33 ounces of your favorite wine.
The intricate design of this decanter coupled with the equally beautiful stopper is a statement piece you wouldn't want to miss in your own home or office bar. It can hold 28 ounces of wine and stands at 8".
Unconsumed wine can be returned to its original bottle but why do that when you have this beautiful Savino wine preserver. This wine carafe also serves the purpose of the decanter; no need to transfer your leftover wines to other containers before putting it into the fridge.
Best for non-sparkling wines, this decanter is made of lead-free crystal for the body and BPA-free plastic for the filter and stopper. Its slim design can fit perfectly into the refrigerator or the cooler to bring with you for a picnic.
Fill this with up to 750ml of wine, replace the air stopper and the lid for a fresh wine (up to 1 week) in the fridge.
This is a great gift idea for wine lovers and convenient enough to maintain as it can be used in the dishwasher. The only downside is that the wine stains around the lid and may take some time to clean.
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