Many wine lovers prefer white wine to red simply because they feel the white wine has more flavor to offer. But few realize that by using a wine decanter they can bring out the flavor in that red wine and get a completely different experience that may compare or even surpass the white wines they have been enjoying.
Wine decanters are the ideal way to serve red wine whether it is well aged from a cellar or a newer bottle direct from the vineyard. Cellared red wines need to be decanted of course to remove the sediment that has settled in the bottle while it was being stored away.
But decanting also has the purpose of aerating the red wine whether it is young or old in order to bring out the flavor for a vastly different experience than if you simply pour it into the glass from the bottle. By allowing the red wine to get air for approximately fifteen to thirty minutes that bottle of $10 red wine can become as flavorful as a $20 bottle of red wine. For those who doubt just how effective wine decanting can be many suggest getting two exact bottles and decanting one but not the other and tasting them side by side to see just how effective this step is for red wines.