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Wines: Decanting Makes a Difference

Fadiyah Sameh
Fadiyah Sameh
Posted: 2016-07-13

Even though you are a novice in the world of wine, the technique of decanting is important to know. With the knowledge of what decanting do to your wine, it allows you to further enjoy the taste and improve the whole experience of drinking wine.

What Is the Use of Wine Decanting?

The purpose of decanting wine is basically to separate clear liquid from the liquid saturated with sediment. In the case of older wines, it is more common for sediment to gather in the bottom of the bottle. Wine sediment  gives out sharp and bitter taste, which is why most people want to avoid accidentally drinking it. Decanting also gives your wine a chance to “breathe” through the aeration process. Exposing the liquid to oxygen will accelerate some chemical progression that resulted in richer and rounder taste when done correctly.

How Do You Decant Wine?

First, you should make sure that any sediment deposited inside the wine bottle is at the bottom. Set the bottle in a standing position for a couple of hours. Get the wine decanter ready. Pour the liquid gradually and steadily into the decanter; don’t rush it. You have to be more careful as you tip the bottle higher. Stop as soon as you see any sediment approaching the bottle neck. Some people use bright lighting as background to discern the sediment more easily. What Is the Reason Behind the Shape of a Wine Decanter? A wine decanter is usually able to hold the content of one wine bottle. It has long and slender neck which opens up to a much wider middle and bottom. This shape is not without reason. The wider part allows more surface area of the liquid to be exposed to oxygen. While holding the neck, it is a routine to move the wine decanter in a certain motion until the content gently swirls around, so that more part of the liquid gets oxygenated.

How Long Do You Decant Your Wine?

You can improve the taste of younger wines simply by decanting them. It is usually ranging from 15 to 20 minutes, although some people extend it over a period of hours. Be careful, older wines, especially ones with delicate fragrance, are more sensitive. Overexposure to oxygen can easily ruins them, so you should only leave them in the wine decanter for a short moment before serving. In the end, wine decanting depends on personal taste, so you can keep experimenting to find the timing of decanting that delivers the perfect wine for your palate, or even choose not to decant at all.

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