Being able to decipher your Bordeauxs from your Burgundys is just the start when it comes to learning about all things wine. In addition to simply knowing what you’re drinking, it’s also crucial to learn how to drink. And that starts with key tools such as aerators and decanters.

But before we get into choosing the one that’s right for you, it’s important to understand when you should reach for an aerator versus a decanter. While both serve to allow oxygen to interact with a wine, the key difference here is time. An aerator passes wine through a nozzle which allows this process to take place instantaneously, while a decanted wine can take much longer, which if you’re pouring an older wine, is absolutely necessary. Here are a few recommendations to get you started.

Italesse Wine Decanter

The Vinocchio decanter is a showstopper from the Italian glassware maker, Italesse, designed by Frederico Venier. The mouth-blown non-leaded crystalline glass bowl holds 52 oz. and is ergonomic in design, making it easy to pour and maximizing aeration. If you’re ready to take your wine game to the next level, especially if you have a collection of older wines that require a longer decanting period, this is the one for you.

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For those on the go, the Professional Aerating Pour Spout is all you need to get the job done. The spout’s air-blending helix lets the wine breathe as you pour, so wait time is minimal. The stainless steel spout’s compact size (3.75”) means you can take your show on the road anytime, anywhere. Just don’t forget the corkscrew.

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Wine Breather Aerating Decanter

The wine breather decanter takes less than two minutes to work its magic — faster than any other decanter on the market — and allows in the oxygen needed to open up a wine while the decanter holds the flavor — all without all the waiting. It’s the best of both worlds.

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