How Wine Decanters Are Used


by Randi Boyer


Wine decanters are apparatus used to decant liquids, usually alcoholic beverages. The liquid normally has some residue in it. They are used to keep as well as serve the wine. Decantation is a process that involves pouring out a pure liquid from one vessel into another vessel. The solid is left at the bottom of the original vessel.

These apparatus are presented in different designs and structure. They are basically made from chemically inactive materials like glass. The standard storage capacity of this equipment is 0.75 Liters. Besides this type of decanter, we also have Carafes. Carafes highly resemble decanters in that they are used for storing and serving alcoholic drinks. The only difference is that a carafe does not have a stopper unlike a decanter which have.

Initially these decanters were mainly used in the serving of drinks. They were usually filled with wine poured out of an amphora making it efficient for the people to bring the drinks to their guests and serve them as well. Ancient Romans were the ones who came up with the idea of using the glass decanters. However, when the Roman Empire came to an end, the manufacture of these types of containers stopped. They were replaced with the use of silver, earthenware, bronze and gold.

Venetians are credited for having brought back the glass decanters. This happened during the period of renaissance. British glass-makers came up with a stopper. Since that time few adjustments have been made to the overall design of the structure.

Another use of the vessel is letting the drink breathe. The device is shaped in a way to create an impression of what happens when a glass is whirled. Decanting exposes the drink to oxygen in the air. In the same way decanters provide a large surface area hence the beverage is in contact with the air. The beverage reacts with the air which is good for some wines.

The value of this process as well as the device is disputable. There are people who say that when wine is exposed to too much oxygen, the air disperses the aroma composites instead of simulating them. Some reports claim that the process does not have a smoothing effect even when done over a couple of hours. This is considered to take place only at the time the beverage is being made and oak is maturing. However there are other people who have a different opinion and flaunt the capability of this equipment, referencing its appealing nature.

The usefulness of this process and device is debatable. Some experts say that overexposing the drink to oxygen does not simulate the aroma components but instead dissipates and diffuses them. We have reports that state that the decantation process does not create a smoothing tannins effect even when done over couple of hours as this only takes place when the oak is maturing and the wine is being manufactured. There are other experts who hold a different opinion flaunting the capabilities of these containers as being of aesthetic appeal.

Wine decanters are appliances which are used to hold the alcoholic beverage. They can also be used to serve the alcoholic beverage. They come in different appearances and sizes. They often have a stopper which is made of bronze, silver, or glass. Sometimes the stopper can also be made of glass material. In addition to being used for storing and serving purposes, these vessels also enhance the smoothness of the drink. The apparatus which are clear are better as one is able to see everything good happening with the drink.




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