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Wine decanters can be magical pieces of glass. That's because they can single-handedly bring out the best taste in a wine. Without them, a normally smooth tasting wine can taste tart and bitter.
If you plan to serve wine at your establishment, especially wine that has sediment, you should purchase decanters. As a rule, wines priced under $25 will not need decanting because they are filtered before being bottled. But wines that are more than $25 might need decanting to bring out the true flavor of the wine. That's because wine makers leave the sediment in the wine to aid in the maturation process.
Decanting is the simple act of pouring wine out of the bottle and into another container. The two reasons decanters should be used is to separate sediment from the wine and expose the wine to more oxygen. Wine from a decanter can taste much different (and better) than wine straight from the bottle.
Decanters come in all shapes and sizes. They can cost between $30 and $300. Look for decanters from reputable glass companies such as Anchor Hocking or Libbey.