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Saying Riedel to a sommelier is like saying BMW to a car enthusiast. It’s the name. But as with most stereotypes, there is some truth in it. The Amadeo is a work of art. Shaped like a Viking horn or a very stylish “U”, it’s a great way to get surface area on the wine while being quite beautiful, especially with .750 mls of wine gracefully sloshing around its sleek interior.
If you think crystal, chances are you’re thinking the fine Irish company, Waterford. This one is leaded crystal, though, so no overnight use, please. Creating some of the best crystal containers for the past hundreds of years, Waterford has become synonymous with fine crystal. Even people who don’t know crystal know the Waterford name. It’s no wonder then that the top of the heap is indeed a Waterford. A wide base, a narrow neck with the typical Celtic flair of engraving the crystal leave this one looking ornate and traditional on the table.
This little beauty has the added advantage of a unique neck design around a wide and open base. The neck is spiraled so that the wine has to travel around the neck many times before it exits the spout. This allows for added oxygenation in the wine so that when it reaches the glass, it’s at its oxygenated best.
The Nachtman combines a modern, almost trendy angular shape with the necessary wide base. It’s not as pretty as some of the others, but function can be a beautiful thing. If it is, the Nachtman scores just as high as the rest.
I’m partial to this one because while it’s not Riedel or Waterford, its traditional shape and engraved crystal design are as beautiful as its more expensive counterparts. A wide circular base, topped by a spherical crystal stopper (which, if employed, defeats the whole oxygenation purpose, by the way), the Captain is a great table decoration at a reasonable price.
The Wine Enthusiast folks are truly wine enthusiasts. They publish a fine magazine, but they also license great products. This one is actually crystal, though obviously not hand-crafted. However, it has in the bottom a dome which allows the wine to move around even more, providing more oxygenation and the ability to see the color of the wine more clearly as when one looks at it, they aren’t looking through the entire decanter, just less than half - thus, the name.
The venerable wine publication provides a functional, Spartan and beautiful decanter. Its sturdy glass construction won’t shatter when handled and the wine circular base allows for maximum aeration to your wine. It’s a good bargain manufactured for people who know wine.
Like the name says, simple, easy, functional and inexpensive. Wide pouring spout combined with a wide base and a narrower neck, the Easy Pour is truth in advertising. It’s just that simple.
The Cellini doesn’t hold as much liquid, only 27 ounces. But, that’s enough to use at the dinner table. You can always refill it. Its sturdy wide bottle design looks rather like someone took a wine bottle, reheated it and then stretched it. This achieves the same effect, aerating the wine, without breaking the bank.
I couldn’t resist. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money and you simply want to oxygenate your wine, go to the local department store, buy a glass bowl with a pouring spout and clean it out with a little SO2 (sulfur dioxide) which you can buy at any home winemaking or beer shop. Once you do, pour your wine in, let it sit for half an hour and pour into the glass. It won’t be pretty - but it will be just as oxygenated as if you’d bought the Waterford or the Riedel and taste just as good.
The Wine Enthusiast Vivid Decanter is no fuss simple decanter that does the job handsomely!
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