And no I’m not recommending the decanter above – the Strange Decanter by Etienne Meneau. This might make a great display but for design purposes only….
I said every day, and pretty much every wine. There are two reasons for decanting wine; the first is to separate an older red wine from the sediment that will most likely have accumulated in the bottle, and the second is to allow more oxygen into the wine, which allows the flavours to open up.
There are so many decanters to choose from, from complicated carafes to glass shapes that are very hard to clean, such as Riedel’s Amadeo Crystal Glass Decanter, one of which I have used many times and washed so carefully, always afraid I might break it.
For every day then I prefer something that looks good, complements the wine and doesn’t break the bank. There are two shapes I prefer, the wide base decanter, or ‘ship’s’ decanter, and a modern basic carafe. Again with these two you have many different price levels, so here are some that will do the business at a reasonable price. Vine Folly says that the wide based decanter is better for full bodied wines, as it allows more oxygen to the wine, and the medium sized decanter is better for medium bodied red wines.
If I can pick only one, it will be Riedel’s medium sized decanter for its price, clarity and quality. I've also just discovered Schott Zweisel's decanter. This is a more weighty decanter but it's on offer at the moment so I would snap it up if I were you.