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These 5 picks do double duty as great forms with superior function

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Anna-Kaisa Walker

The guests are on their way, the roast is in the oven, the lights are dimmed and you’ve cued up your playlist. But there’s one more must-do on your party prep list: let your wine breathe. A decanter is a dual-purpose party accessory: it’s an elegant way to serve your guests, and it helps aerate your favourite vintage, bringing out its true potential. We’ve rounded up a five vessels that will inspire compliments and spark conversation.

 
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THE SWEDE LIFE

Part of a wine and bar collection designed by acclaimed Swedish architect Thomas Sandell, the mouth-blown Georg Jensen Wine Carafe’s organic contours add a dose of Scandinavian modern to your table. The mirror-polished stainless steel stopper has silicone grips, ensuring a tight seal—once your wine’s bouquet is fully developed, it’s best to cover the decanter so that it doesn’t begin to oxidize.

$195 

 

ALL ABOUT THAT BASE

Handcrafted in Romania, the Crate & Barrel Britta Optic Carafe’s broad, low profile is designed to expose the surface of the wine to as much air as possible, letting oxygen release the softer, more complex flavours. The faceted sides add visual drama, making this statement piece the focal point of your dinner table.

$49.95

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TAIL FOR THE AGES

Named for a rare breed of Indonesian hen, the Riedel Ayam Decanter is a striking mouth-blown decanter with a unique design: the hooked tail allows it to hang off the edge of the table, a space-saving feature at a dinner crowded with dishes and bon vivants. Crafted freehand in Austria by master glassblowers, the Ayam double decants as wine is poured into and from it, reducing the time needed to aerate the wine.

$685

 

TWO FOR ONE

For indecisive guests—or hosts who want to offer choices—the Rogaska 1665 Expert Duo Decanter lets you serve both red and white wine (or two varietals of one). The 350-year-old Slovenian glass company worked with master sommeliers to design this piece, the first of its kind, mouth-blown and made from lead-free crystal.

$300

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COMES AROUND, GOES AROUND

One part table sculpture, one part flavour enhancer, the Schott Zwiesel Master Piece Decanter’s looping shape aerates as it pours, while the angled mouth prevents drips. Schott Zwiesel’s Tritan technology blends titanium with crystal to create abreak-, chip- and scratch-resistant piece, so all you’ll have to worry about is keeping your guests’ glasses filled.

$460

 
 
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