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Wine Decanter Gift Ideas: 7 Types for Every Occasion

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A wine decanter is a thoughtful gift for the wine lovers in your life. They come in all sizes, shapes, materials, and price points. The true wine connoisseur can never have too many different decanters. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorites.

Vintage-Inspired Wine Decanters

Decanters have been around since the Roman times. As practical as it is beautiful, decanter styles have shifted through the ages. While hand-blown glass can make stunning gift, not everyone is a fan of swooping necks and intricate curls. For friends and family who prefer a classic, look, try something classic in beveled cristal or blown glass, with a simple stopper to match.

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Bormioli Rocco Loto and Godinger Dublin

Bormioli Rocco Loto Wine Decanter

Bormioli represents the tradition and elegance of Italian glass production. They’ve been in business since 1825, when their family relocated from Veneto to Emilia-Romagna to set up their first glass factory. They survived a bombing in WW2 and rebuilt to become one of Italy’s most prominent producers of glassware, from everyday jars and carafes to stunning stemware.

This beautiful decanter includes a globe-shaped stopper. The clean and classic lines and medium size make it perfect for just about any wine.

Godinger Dublin Wine Decanter

Godinger is going on 30 years a sturdy standby for silver, pewter, and crystal produced in the USA. Reasonable and durable, they are known as the gold standard for fine dining service.

This beveled crystal wine decanter with stopper is ornate but not over-the-top. It will cast a beautiful colors on a white tablecloth too.

Clean and Classic Wine Decanters

Basic, clean lines can’t go wrong. With the exception of the wide-bottomed wine decanters these other two options are multi-use and will add flair and style to the table, whether you’re serving aged wine in need of some air, mimosas, mineral water, or herbal iced tea.

Classic and Pretty

The Superior Brilliance Lead-Free Crystal Wine Carafe Waterfall Edition is a DiVino house favorite. This decanter looks pretty with or without wine in it (though we naturally prefer to fill it up.)

Wide-Bottom Decanter

KOIOS Wine Decanter-100% Hand Blown Lead-Free crystal Glass Wine Decanter is the tool for your your older wines. It will catch the sediment and allow them to slowly open up at the right pace.

A Modern Classic

The Riedel Cabernet Decanter with its clean-cut edges looks great in those sleek minimal kitchens.

Ornate and Arty

The Swan

Le Sens Amazing Home Cygnus Wine Decanter is made from lead-free crystal and certainly makes an impression! It also gets the job done. The long sloping neck provides a long, oxygen-packed journey for your wine, and the wide bottom will collect sediment. The unusual shape probably warrants a few practice rounds with water though! 90s kids will revel in the Billy Madison moment.

The U-Shaped Decanter

Swooping and somewhat swanlike, the U-shaped crystal wine decanter is an elegant compromise between animal and inanimate.

Consider throwing in a little extra for a decanter-cleaning brush. These are practical gifts for wine lovers as long as they aren’t afraid to get them dirty.

Annie Shapero

Certified sommelier and DiVino founder, Annie believes that the language of wine is more than vocabulary. It is history, culture and most of all, storytelling. She created DiVino as a writer, educator, and wine consultant to bring those stories to life and give people the tools to join the conversation. Watch her free, 21-episode introduction to wine tasting on Youtube, 21 Days to Wine.

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