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Decanters - just for show

In a couple of recent posts we discussed why you may need to use a decanter for removing sediment from a bottle and for helping the wine to breathe. Sometimes the size and shape of the vessel makes a difference to how it affects the wine. A traditional rounded decanter is fine if you are just removing sediment but sometimes a ship's style one, with a large flat base, is required if you want the wine to breathe. On occasion, however, you just want a decanter that holds the wine and looks pretty on the table. Designers have come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful designs. Here are some of my favourites. What do you think of them and which would you have on your dinner table?  

Glass Tank by Kouichi Okamoto

A bit of a novelty. But it means you'll never have to get up to fill up your glass. Your arm may get a bit weary, mind. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="320"]Decanter that's also a glass Decanter that's also a glass[/caption]

The Cobra Decanter by Riedel

Practical and beautiful glassware [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="230"]Cobra Decanter Cobra Decanter[/caption]

Dragon Decanter by Riedel

I'd have this one on the dinner table even without wine in it. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="321"]Dragon Decanter Dragon Decanter[/caption]

Rainman by Skruf

This may not look that impressive on the table but when you pour, that's when it'll get an 'ooooh' from the crowd.   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Rainman Decanter Rainman Decanter[/caption]

Scientific Carafe by Earl

Geek is officially cool.  So, this decanter based on a conical flask is right up our street. Only down side is you can clearly see how much you're drinking. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Science Decanter Science Decanter[/caption]

Roots by Etienne Meneau

Now, this just looks fantastic. What a way to show off wine. Known as 'Carafe No. 5', this is just one of the weird and wonderful creations Etienne has produced. They're limited edition so snap one up if you like it. See the whole range here. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="273"]Roots Decanter Roots Decanter[/caption]        

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