Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, tends to be the oft-sung phrase this time of year, but personally, we're big fans of, let it pour, let it pour, let it pour. Especially when the subjects are bottles of vino. And this holiday season you'll be pouring plenty, so why not step up your hosting game with a good-looking (not to mention useful), aerating carafe or decanter?
You don't have to be a wine snob or an avid collector to own a decent decanter. Just look at the affordable options recommended by two of New York City's top sommeliers, Josh Nadel (Locanda Verde, The Dutch and Lafayette) and Aldo Sohm (Le Bernardin and Aldo Sohm Wine Bar). "Form and function — that's what matters to me, at home and in the restaurant," says Nadel, adding, "I generally think most ornate decanters are cumbersome and a waste of time and space." When it comes to most efficiently serving their purpose, Nadel is right…though that didn't stop us from throwing a few more decadent candidates into the slideshow below. Their purpose may be mostly for show, but as tabletop decor, we can't think of anything better — especially when filled with your favorite winter red.
Check out six of our top picks below, along with an bonus accessory for last-minute chilling.
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