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How to make a good wine better with a Decanter #atozchallenge

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In my opinion, wine tastes better when served in a decanter . Especially when the decanter is hand cut lead crystal.

In the early days of my marriage, when I had plenty of time on my hands and far less money, I used to make wine at home. This activity  kept my little girls busy the whole month of April and was provided a great opening for conversation as I poured out my ruby red, home made wine from a crystal decanter to our dinner guests.

Image of decanters

Image of decanters







Hand-cut crystal  wine decanters

These two crystal decanters are all that’s left at home now. The tall blue one is Bohemian Lead crystal and was a wedding gift to my in-laws while the clear one beside it was brought back  as hand baggage along with a complete bar set from a trip to Denmark.

I love these delicate hand-cut decanters and  though they’re not in use, enjoy washing them. It is fascinating seeing them glimmer in the sun as they dry.

I am no wine snob, yet I feel sad that wine is no longer served from  decanters. It was such an elegant and gracious way of serving wine,  far more stylish than pouring from bottle or a tetrapack !

Hand-cut crystal decanters were once a fashionable and stylish way to serve wine or whisky. However, with today’s oenophiles, wine has to be served from the original bottle so that the guests know its provenance – year of bottling and all. 

Similarly, since  whisky drinkers have now graduated to Single Malters who claim to know the difference between a Laphroaig and a Yamazaki from the mere aroma, it makes better sense to pour from the original bottle. 


I’m participating with over 1000 bloggers in the 7th  A to Z Challenge  and will be blogging the whole of April about the ‘ Things around My House’, from A to Z. Today I talk about D for Decanter. 

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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37 Responses

  1. Lata Sunil says:

    The Decanters look beautiful.

  2. Parul says:

    Wow! The decanters look so classy. I have never made wine at home or even thought of it. I should visit you in Mumbai 🙂
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  3. Ah the good old days! My Dad had a whisky decanter. We’ve got a couple of decanters back in Mumbai that I need to use.
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  4. Kala Ravi says:

    Hi Sunita, I have absolutely no idea about wines, leave alone making them! This was a revelation to me! Those decanters look so old-worldly and Victorian! Thanks for sharing this 🙂
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  5. Beautiful decanters. I remember having the crystal glasses with the frosted engraving for wine, brandy, and water. And the heavy cut-glass decanter. No more. Life has become much simpler.

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    • Bellybytes says:

      It depends on how you look at it. You’re right about life becoming simpler but I do miss those days when entertaining was more formal and elegant

  6. Tina Basu says:

    Old world charms. We have a crystal decanter for whiskey but it’s lying around more as a show piece!

    Tina from The Sunny Side of Life
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  7. Kalpana says:

    Lovely decanters. Wine actually tastes better if decanted before serving because it can then breathe properly.

    • Bellybytes says:

      Well I didn’t know about that. We already used to filter the wine after fermentation and the sediment had settled down. But I didn’t know about the breathing part . Perhaps I’ll use those decanters again now!

  8. Sunila Vig says:

    Belly Bytes whats your name luv ? Beautiful post coz I love good wine and glass ware and pottery. Those two are priceless pieces and I can imagine your joy in them 🙂


    • Bellybytes says:

      I get my name from a whim: I write reviews for Burrp under this name Belly Bytes punning on bites.

  9. rajlakshmi says:

    ohh wow… you sure own some very beautiful and artistic things…
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  10. Geets says:

    Well, yeah..! These decanters look truly stylish. And you used to make wine at home?
    You really gotta teach me dear!

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  11. Shilpa Garg says:

    You had me at, “I used to make wine at home.” Wow… that’s soooo impressive. The decanters look so classy!
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  12. Shelly says:

    Very nice decanters! How cool is making your own wine? I live less than 30 minutes from wine country (Napa Valley) and I live right across the street from Sutter Homes Vineyards but I can’t imagine ever making my own wine.
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Actually making wine at home is not that hard. It’s more like a sweet port and I don’t suppose I’d dare serve home made wine if I lived in wine country.

  13. G Angela says:

    you reminded me of wine I used to make: I worked for an organisation that would sell black seedless grapes from the farm. I would buy 5 to 10 kgs and make it at home and fill it with a huge jar, storing it for 6 months, till December, when i can use it for Christmas. I used to give one bottle for each of our family member and their family. I enjoyed making it and continue to do so in the early days of our marriage. Later I could not and gave away the jar too… I liked your decanters, they look so beautiful.
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    • Bellybytes says:

      I stopped making wine the day the big glass jar in which I used to ferment it actually broke. I too used to gift the wine and it was fun making it. I miss those days

  14. Chicky says:

    You made wine at home? :O :O :O
    How awesome is that!
    And those decanters look gorgeous!
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  15. hira says:

    The decanters look so pretty. I can not be made wine at house or even thought of it. I should visit you in India soon.
    Best Decanter for Bourbon

  16. Kristine says:

    The decanters which you have mentioned in the above post are awesome and this style of decanters i never saw before. Soon i should visit your country for buy this.

  17. Yeah that’s wonderful. But the thing is. I don’t know where to find those gorgeous looking bottles.

  18. noor says:

    We already used to filter the wine after fermentation and the sediment had settled down. But I didn’t know about the breathing part . Perhaps I’ll use those decanters again now!

  19. Tespit says:

    I’ve never seen them before. As a result of the information I learned from you, I will do my best to get it. Thank you Sonsoz times
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  20. I completely agree to this..”It was such an elegant and gracious way of serving wine, far more stylish than pouring from a bottle or a tetra-pack !”
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  21. I liked your decanters, they look so beautiful.

  22. Lisa says:

    It is very difficult to find that 0which is the best decanter for you and which is the good wine decanter for us. That means two things sip your whiskey a whole lot slower, and don’t worry about pouring it into or out of a decanter. If you’re still confused, just look at the decanter. Wine decanters are specifically designed to encourage interaction between liquid and air, always without a cap, and often elaborate.

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