All About Wine Decanters


In the June issue of Sacramento magazine (on newsstands now), wine columnist Elaine Smith writes about how to buy a wine decanter. Here’s an excerpt, about three of her favorite decanters:

Local fave: At William Glen, the most popular decanter is Schott Zwiesel’s Castor. Handmade of lead-free crystal, it has a traditional shape, updated with a ridged base and slanted mouth. ($100 at William Glen)

Best basic: Nathan Carlson, director of winemaking for Eos Estate Winery in Paso Robles, relies on Riedel’s Vinum Merlot decanter. It’s “simple, easy to store, small but still fits a whole bottle easily,” says Carlson. “It pours without an extra surprise spurt at the end.” It cleans easily, he notes, and “can be inverted to drain really well.” ($25.50 at

National best seller: According to Barr Ross, sales manager for Riedel Crystal of America, the Amadeo is Riedel’s “hands-down” best seller in the United States. ($399 at Williams-Sonoma)