Above left: Sometimes using a decanter is a great way to allow wine to aerate (or breathe), which usually improves the taste prior to consuming. Particularly older or more complex wines benefit from using a decanter. In a fine dining restaurant, feel free to request a decanter if you are ordering an expensive bottle. Above right: after you've had the initial taste, most wines are fine pouring right into the glass. There are different shapes of wine glasses, depending on the type of wine, but I'll cover that another day.
Above left: Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon & above right: Marilyn Merlot