Aerating wine is one of the best ways to “open up” or soften a big, full-bodied dry red wine. However, simply opening the bottle an hour before serving doesn’t expose the wine to the amount of air needed to have any real influence on the wine. To effectively aerate a wine, you need to decant it. As you pour the wine into the decanter, it picks up oxygen which “opens up” and enhances both the aroma and the flavor of the wine. The decanter is $35.

And remember to use a decanter brush for easy cleaning. It is great for cleaning out your decanter to help eliminate impurities before using it again. $7.95.