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Wine decanter designs vary from purely functional to very extravagant. Some sit in a stand that, with a gentle orbital movement, increases the breathing of your wine with minimal disturbance. Reminiscent of decanters seen in Europe, the unique "doughnut" design aerates the wine more efficiently since it pours through both sides, allowing flavors to develop more fully. Whatever decanter you buy, just remember to choose one with the broadest surface. This allows controlled exposure to air, affecting all the little flavor nuances that make wine so enjoyable. The sloped spout makes pouring easy and the construction material - looks like glass, sounds like glass, but is as lightweight as plastic - makes it easy to handle.