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DECANTING

 There are three main reasons to decant a wine. Knowing these will help you to decide whether the wine you are drinking, or serving, should be decanted or not. 

 The first reason is to pour off from sediment. Sediment is the particulate matter that has dropped out of the wine and sunk to the bottom of the bottle. It is made up mostly of tannin. Tannins are found in red wine, and come mainly from grape skins. White wines do not have much tannin, because they are not macerated with the skins. Tannins help to preserve wine and allow it to age. As this process occurs, some of the tannin will begin to clump together and drop out of the wine. These bits of sediment are bitter and generally unpleasant to chew on, so pouring the wine off from the sediment is important. 

 The second reason is to oxygenate the wine. Mixing some air into the wine will open up the flavors and aromas. For maximum enjoyment of bold, tannic wines, oxygenation is particularly

important, but most red wine will benefit from some oxygenation prior to pouring. The exceptions to this are extremely light, low tannin wines, or well aged wines that have already dropped much of their tannin as sediment. These should still be decanted, but slower and with less churning, and with minimal time between decanting and serving, tasting, or drinking.

 The third reason is for the visual appeal. Pouring from a long stemmed hand-blown crystal decanter provides a show and a conversation piece to the service. 

 The process of decanting is an extension of wine service. If you are in the business of serving wine, in a restaurant, wine bar, tasting room, etc., then you should know when to recommend that a wine is decanted, how to handle the bottle, the decanter and the glasses, with poise and grace, and the protocols and etiquette that is socially expected. To expand on this knowledge read: Wine-service in the bookshop

 If you are interested in acquiring a crystal decanter for your home, or for a restaurant or wine bar, see the selection below.

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Sweet Petite Wide Rim Decanter

Sweet Petite Wide Rim Decanter

$40.00Price

Even a small decanter can bring out big flavors. The Sweet Petite Traditional Decanter accommodates a full standard bottle of wine& features a broad hand-blown glass base to coax every subtlety and nuance from delicate and robust reds alike.​

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Tilting Crystal Wine Decanter

Tilting Crystal Wine Decanter

$49.95Price

Experience the advantages of aeration through the angular form of this lead-free crystal rolling decanter. The delicate rounded body rotates in an arc around its convex base, triggering oxidation and allowing for the complex undertones of your chosen beverage to burgeon.  A carefully designed modern statement piece, it sparks conversation anywhere you keep it.

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The Snake - Handblown Crystal

The Snake - Handblown Crystal

$99.95Price

Coiled and ready to pour. Both sizes of The Snake crystal wine decanter are marvels to behold and enchanting to witness in action. They make a great centerpiece, a bold wine service maneuver and a stunning decoration in any room.

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Curly Tail  -  crystal wine decanter

Curly Tail - crystal wine decanter

$95.95Price

Gorgeously artistic hand-blown crystal decanter. This piece will aerate and open a big red wine, and look amazing while it does. It is a decorative art piece when not in use and a show-stopping centerpiece when it is.

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The Swan - crystal wine decanter

The Swan - crystal wine decanter

$35.95Price

With an elegant design, this lead-free crystal decanter makes a perfect centerpiece and display piece, but is also highly functional as a wine vessel. 

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The Wine Eye - Crystal Decanter

The Wine Eye - Crystal Decanter

$43.95Price

The Wine Eye decanter is made from fine crystal and makes a gorgeous centerpiece or bar display. It is also easy to maneuver and pour, with the 'eye' that acts as a handle. It holds a standard sized bottle of wine with lots of room to spare.

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Curled Crystal - Wine Decanter

Curled Crystal - Wine Decanter

$49.95Price

This beautifully designed crystal wine decanter adds a show-stopping display to wine service, at a home dinner party or in a restaurant. Aerate your red wine, put on a show, and have a gorgeous centerpiece or bar display.

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Perched Bird Crystal Decanter

Perched Bird Crystal Decanter

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Aerate and decant red wine in this gorgeous angled decanter. A great centerpiece and talking point. Beautiful wine service for restaurants and wine bars or home dinner parties.

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Angle Cut -Crystal Decanter

Angle Cut -Crystal Decanter

$56.95Price

This large-format crystal decanter leaves lots of space for aeration or can hold a magnum of wine with room to spare. It features a deep punt for a thumb hold, giving greater stability when pouring out. 

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Chrome Rim Decanter

Chrome Rim Decanter

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