A decanter is any glass or crystal flask designed to hold decanted wine and to be used as a server. In decanting, the wine is carefully poured from the original bottle into the decanter and from the decanter into the glasses on the table. Dessert wines (but never table wines) are often stored in decanters for many days or weeks at room temperature. These dessert wines will keep because of their high alcohol content and oxygen-resistant flavors and can be served directly from the decanter on the living room shelf more or less at will. (Wine/Service)