Decanters are the world's most underrated wine tool.
Cheap is OK
An expensive crystal decanter and a clean plastic pitcher are equally effective.
Slosh Young Wines Around
Exposure to air can soften the texture and intensify the aromas of young, tannic red wines (like a 2010 Bordeaux, for instance). Open the bottle and let it really glug into the decanter. Do this an hour before you drink the wine.
Handle Age with Care
Reds that have spent years in a cellar often need decanting—they can acquire a funky note, which will blow off with air. Pour the wine slowly along the side of the decanter, and avoid serving any sediment that may have accumulated at the bottom of the bottle.
White wines, even vintaged, don't need to go through the carafe or decanter process since they don't have tannins.
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