Any Wine Decanter Recommendations <$75?
I'm looking for any recommendations on wine decanters for less than $75 . . . or tips on what to look for when buying one!?
Have you found that the "drip free" tops work or is it a waste of money?
Any help is appreciated!
What size would you recommend?
Also, the Reidel decanters seem to have a type of wine associated with each one. We drink all reds, so is it just as acceptable to use it with a cab versus a merlot?
We have the merlot one. Now, we drink a lot of wine, we like wine, we are not wine connoseurs...But we love it. Easy to pour out of, easy to clean (I got the beads from Reidel) and the shape is similar to the more expensive Reidel ones.
We also have a wide bottom one for young wines. (Its not Reidel) but we almost always use the Reidel one.
Thats my two cents worth.
You may also want to look at the MOMA design store. they always have some creative and beautiful decanters.
Target has a Reidel line that includes a $20 decanter. Nothing fancy, but now that we have it, the 2 gorgeous, high end ones we also have sit (very prettily) in our hutch and the $20 model gets nearly daily use. For a while at least Target had free shipping on it online.
It doesn't drip much at all when we pour, by the way.
OK, I was going to rec. a new Riedel style, that I have grown to love. It was a gift, and when I went to get the URL, I was stunned - a bit out of the price range: http://www.wineenthusiast.com/E/detai....
Now that my shock has abated a bit, I'll just give you some ideas of what I like and do not like about my decanters (15 total).
1.) Ease of pouring. This leaves out many of my "ship's" decanters, as they are tough to pour from, but do other things well
2.) Wine to air surface. The ship's decanters do a good job of this, but see 1.).
3.) Ease of cleaning. Ship's decanters do this fine, with my decanter racks, as do many of the more "traditional" decanters: http://www.wineenthusiast.com/E/detai.... Note: the ergonomically great Riedel Amadeo Lyra is tough to clean and dry.
4.) Stoppers are nice, though we never have any wine left over after decanting. The stoppers can slow down the transfer of air to the wine, though a good decanter will have a rather large plenum, so the effect will be limited.
My best suggestion would be to handle the decanters, and see how easy they are to use.
As for the drip-rings, I use these on non-decanted bottles and they work well. As I have white carpet in my dining room, I'm always trying to keep red wine drips to a minimum.
You might want to check out the decanters by Ravenscroft. I recently purchased some of their wine glasses and love them - very elegant and considerably less expensive than Riedel. I'm now deciding which decanter to buy.
Added edit: Ravenscroft is lead-free.
Honestly, I have found no difference whatsoever between mid-priced, wide-bottomed, standard decanters. 99% of the time, I use a decanter because I am drinking a wine young, not because I am trying to remove sediment. So maybe I woul feel differently if I were in a different position, but anything tha lets you easily pour the wine along the side (as opposed to splashing it) and has a wide bottom and a thin neck should be fine.
Even for the removal of sediment, I agree with you. The only caveat is the ergonomics of the decanting vessel. As I mentioned earlier in the thread, I've got some nice ones, that just do not pour well.
When it comes to aeration only, one can pour from bottle, to bottle, though I still like a large wine to air surface.
For removal of sediment, I use my normal decanters, and as always, with the funnel. I just use a candle, short enough to not heat my hand, or the wine, let the wine stand upright for a day, or two in the cellar, and then pour in one movement, watching the neck of the bottle, immediately above the shoulder for any cloudiness, or sediment.
The only decanters worth buying are the Riedel Sommelier Varietal Decanters. It's incredible but true: the shape of the container affects the taste of the wine! I've already got the Young Bordeaux, Old Bordeaux, Montrachet, California Butter Bomb Chard, Grand Cru Red Burgundy, Premier Cru Red Burgundy, Naive Domestic Burgundy Without Any Breeding, 2½-Year-Old Zweigelt and Vintage Catawba, and am saving up for the rest of the series. If you're using a regular, all-purpose decanter, you aren't getting everything your wine has to offer!