Wine connoisseurs will know what separates a bottle of Beaujolais from a Zinfandel, but will they know the best way to enhance flavor and aroma? The way in which wine is served is a big deal when it comes to taste, but what is needed to get the most out of your vintage? Our personalized wine decanters are the solution, and below we explain how decanters work and their history.
A wine decanter is a great tool to have for serving wine at parties
or even if you’re just having a romantic dinner for two, but really what is a decanter? In it's simplest form, it is an open-mouthed drinking vessel or "vase". It is typically made of glass and holds a full wine bottle. What it does, is it gives the wine a little room to breathe increasing the aroma and flavor of the wine.
The History of Wine Decanters
Originally designed to help get rid of a small amount of sediment found in most wines, they allowed the wine to 'clear' in the decanter when poured in from a bottle or other vessel. Dating back hundreds of years, the wine decanter or carafe was traditionally a jug or other type of vessel. In Roman times, glass wine decanters were invented and used to serve and transport wine to the table. It wasn’t until the mid-18th century that stoppers were added to limit the amount of exposure of air to the wine. Since the 18th century, wine lovers all over the world have used decanters to aerate their wine unlocking the hidden flavors.