Stop ruining your wine! DECANT!
Stop ruining your wine!
It doesn't matter if it's red or white, whether you're spending $15 or $150 it's always a good idea to let your wine "breathe". The reason? A lot of love went into crafting the complex bouquet of smells and flavors in that great wine.
Letting wine get some air before drinking it often takes the harshness out of the taste while at the same time being one of the most "baller" displays to show off to your fellow drinkers. You give off the impression of "Yeh, they know their shit/ This person is a LEGIT wino."
Watching someone mishandle wine in its last few minutes of life is like watching someone crash a newly bought Ferrari, you just don't do it.. But if you absolutely NEED to act silly we can at least recommend a few memorable ways to do it.
Your first party crasher is sediment, which collects at the bottom of the bottle during the aging process and will ruin your drinking experience. Nobody likes that gritty texture coming at the end of a good glass. NOBODY! Keeping your bottle at an angle, assuming it was stored that way, will make sure those nasty sediment particles will stay out of your wine glass.
If you can see a few days into your drinking future, you might want to stand your bottle on its base a day or so before opening it to make sure sediment stays at the bottom of the bottle when you pour it.
Letting your wine breathe by simply opening your bottle and letting it rest at an angle in a wine cradle or in your wine glass you allow the flavors coming from the wine to evolve. Thats a good thing.
Older wines may not need to decant, the process of letting wine mix with air. In fact, decanting older wines for too long may ruin the complexity of the flavors which took so long to generate.
In short, decent young wines good. Decant old wines bad. So how do you decant properly?
Timing how long your wine should be exposed to air is more of an art than a science. Leaving an uncorked wine on the table to breathe could leave you waiting for an hour before the wine is ready to be sipped and enjoyed.
The right gear can help bring that wait time down to around 15 or 30 minutes for younger wines. Here's a taste of the most popular decanters to help prepare your wine for enjoyment.
To pour a quick glass, a Pourer like the one pictured here has been thoroughly tested and is extremely handy. For something with a little more sophistication, a wine aerator does a great job at filtering unwanted particles out through a screen and exposing the wine to the maximum amount of air during the pour. Nothing however beats a good old fashion wide based wine decanter to speed up your wines maturity. We recommend all three for versatility.