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Decanting Your Wine

Your table is elegantly set and you bring out the crystal decanter filled with a gorgeous red liquid. How fancy are you?

News flash – you may just be creating more dishes to wash.

When we're talking red wines, you should let an older wine breathe a little before serving but there are only a couple of reasons you want to actually decant:

1. You are not patient (not many of us are) and you open up a wine that’s not quite mature. What the heck does that mean? It’s probably still too tannic (and not in a good way). You’ve tasted this wine before undoubtedly – the one that made your tongue pucker? Give that youngie some air. Pour it with vigor into the decanter and swish it from time to time to help mellow it out. You’ll still have a wine high in tannin, but the extra air you just provided it should help turn it into a very drinkable wine.

2. Sludge. Yes, unfiltered wines or aged wines that have settlement should be decanted VERY SLOWLY. Don’t loose the flavor or scent, just watch to filter out the particles. It is helpful to hold up a flashlight or candle (going back to being fancy) and look for the settlement before it enters into the decanter.

There are many in the wine world who think that decanting is an essential part of enjoying fine red wine. Perhaps I don't drink enough collector-level wines. But for the most part, decanting is an extra step that delays my tasting time!

10 comments:

Joe said...

Pretty much every red I buy now is unfiltered, so I am busy cleaning all the time. Thanks for the link - I have linked you up as well. Cheers!

Alastair Bathgate said...

And anything that stands in the way of a wino and his/her wine is surely a bad thing.....
I happen to agree with your views on decanting, but I was invited to a tasting by the Wine Society where a range of wines were served side by side - one decanted, the other from the bottle.
The result? I couldn't attend! I'd love to try that though.

The Wino Club said...

Oh No Alastair! Such a build up... I was totally looking forward to hearing the results of a white wine decanting. Surely it bust have been Chardonnay as I can't imaging going through the trouble with less bodied wines. I think we should suggest it to Lenndevours at http://lennthompson.typepad.com/lenndevours/ for Wine Blogging Wednesday! What do you think?

The Wino Club said...

I hit the post button before I corrected my typos - how embarrassing! Sorry all!

Stacy Nelson,
The Original Wino

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