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Wine and Spirits Decanters

As with a lot of wines and spirits the best was kept for the rich and the hierarchy and traditions from them were handed down to the lower classes but a lot knowledge and design came from ships and the captains table hence the wide base for treacherous seas.

The large round bottom of some decanters served two purposes on board ship. One being the decanter was less likely to fall over in a sea swell and the other to help aerate and oxygenise the wine during the process of decanting. Other spirits and wines can be dispensed from a decanter but port, red wine and vintage whites can all benefit from it.