If you’re going to aerate your wine, good for you. You’ve made the right choice. But you've got one more choice. How are you going to do it?
To figure it out, look into what wine aerators do and how to decant wine. Find the method that speaks to you. To make it as easy as possible for you, we covered the pros and cons of using a wine aerator vs decanter.
If wine aerators are more your style, then check out our best wine aerators of 2020. But if you feel drawn toward the tradition of the simple decanter, then read on. We’ve got 10 of our favorite wine decanters below. Some are called out as being the best in a specific decanter category (like high-end or budget). But make no mistake, even if they’re not the best in a category, they’re still one of the 10 best wine decanters out there.
10 Best Wine Decanters of 2020
Le Chateau Hand-Blown Wine Decanter: Overall Best Wine Decanter
Le Chateau’s wine decanter is lead-free and hand-blown. The benefit of a hand-blown piece over machine-blown is aesthetic, and you can tell with the Le Chateau. Each one-of-a-kind crystal decanter has a wide-bottom base and a slanted spout that flares outward making pouring—both in and out—easier. There are certainly more expensive hand-blown decanters out there, but at this price point getting a hand-blown piece of this quality crystal is a win.
The Le Chateau Wine Decanter is our pick for the overall best wine decanter in 2020. With a ton of great ratings, an elegant design, high-quality, hand-blown crystal, and the classic wide-bottom base, the Le Chateau hits all the marks. There’s a reason why the wide-bottom base is the most common decanter shape. It works well. Whether you’re buying your first decanter or adding to a collection, having a solid, proven, hand-blown piece of high-quality crystal that will last a lifetime is never the wrong choice.
Riedel Cabernet Decanter: Best High-End Wine Decanter
Eisberg Iceberg Wine Decanter Aerator: Best In Style Wine Decanter
Bella Vino Wine Decanter: Best Budget Wine Decanter
Le Sens Amazing Home Scorpion Wine Decanter: Best Non-Traditional Shape
YouYah Wine Decanter Gift Set: Best Wine Decanter Gift Set
Go Forth and Decant
Using a decanter helps smooth the tannins in wine, add some traditional flare to your wine service, and (if you're decanting at home) do justice to your wine storage chops. It's certainly a faster way to smooth tannins than learning how to age wine. It is also a good way to explain to patrons what is a corkage fee and the value they get from wine service. You don’t have to pass any sommelier certification levels to use one, though the sommelier salary may be nice.
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