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There are wine glasses used for sipping and then there is a special type of wine glass used for decanting. It's a good idea to have a decanter on hand for wines - usually heavy reds - that need to be exposed to air for a time before drinking. Decanting a wine can help to separate the clear wine from the sediment wines produce. Decanting wine also introduces air into the wine, letting the wine breath, releasing the aromas and enhancing the flavors. The process is usually used with vintage ports or older red wines, but all reds can benefit from an hour of breathing.