Getting Used To Using Wine Decanters

by Rebekah Alford

Wine decanters can help to open up a red vintage when served. The process of opening up a fresh bottle, pouring and decanting takes some experience to know when the alcohol is ready to drink and enjoy with its complete flavor captured perfectly in the glass. Some basic tips can help you serve like a professional.

Allowing a red to be exposed to air is not as simple as opening a bottle of red and letting it sit. The narrow passage of a bottle's opening is not enough to bring out the full flavor of a good vintage. The wider depth of a decanter and the sloshing effect loosens up the liquid and allows the full effect of oxygen to mix with the inherent flavor.

When shopping for a set, you may discover that the different glass varieties come in some extreme shapes and work-of-art styles. No matter the overall shape, the ultimate design is set to help push air into the wine. This process breaks apart the formerly constricted flavors from the original bottle and letting the flavors change with air exposure.

Reds are the blends that can benefit the most from a proper decanting process. As you allow the liquid time to steep in the fresh air inside the vessel, you may soon notice the smell changes and the bouquet begins to fill the glass. Tannins, which can be sharp otherwise, are smoothed out during the process and the flavor and taste sensation becomes silky to taste.

Give yourself plenty of time for this process to work its magic, particularly if you are serving a specific vintage to guests. This whole presentation takes about an hour for most wines to free themselves in terms of flavor. Allowing the proper amount of time will bring out the optimum blend of oxygen mixed with the liquid for the best taste possible.

For older vintages, decanting may not be enough. There may be free-floating particles that are in the bottle along with the liquid. This is sedimentation, and is seen in wines that are nearing a decade old. Merely use a wire mesh strainer over the glass vessel you pour into to keep these particles from flowing into the glass.

When you are running out of time and guests are on their way, simply use a hand-held aerator as an option for decanting the first bottle. These implements can pump air bubbles into the liquid to help make it breathe and be smoother than just strictly poured from the bottle. Use this strategy perhaps for your first bottle as the contents of the second one is decanting.

Wine decanters are not only elegant in presentation, but they serve a useful function in improving the flavor of many vintages. Take time to study more on the topic to learn how these systems can be a valuable addition to your bar. Online catalogs offer many styles to choose from in a range of prices.

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