Wine just seems to be gaining more popularity these days. People take courses on how to select wine, buying wine and there are lots of special storage recommendations for wine. But what about when you are ready to drink your wine? Should you just drink it out of a bottle? No, you should decant your wine.
It is pretty astonishing that most restaurants charge enormous amounts for wine yet don’t take care to serve in in a method that would allow its best flavor to come through. However, most experts recommend that wine be transferred or decanted. It simply means transferring your wine to a different container.
Wine decanting does something to the wine that enhances it and makes is even more appealing. There are two reasons you would want to decant wine. The first reason to decant your wine is that it separates the sediment which has often mixed in with the wine. This is especially true about older wine. Conversely young wine needs to mix with oxygen to open up and decanting allows this to happen.
With newer wines simply pour it into a decanter and wait for about thirty minutes. THis ensures that the wine will have begun to develop. It is even more interesting to wait for an hour or two and notice the different that the decanting has made.
For older wines, you’ll have to follow a few more steps to fully decant the wine. Start off by letting the wine stand straight up for a couple hours before you plan to drink it. Yes, some pre-planning for decanting your older wines is involved. You’ll also need a light source like a flashlight or a candle.
Hold the light source behind the neck of the bottle while you pour it into the decanter. Pour until you start to see the sediment in the neck and then stop.
Choosing and caring for your decanter
A clear, crystal decanter allows you to see the wine most clearly. It should also be spotless. Be careful not to use soap water or detergent to clean your decanter. The shapes of decanters make it hard to get all the chemicals out leaving a residue and often an odor that doesn’t mix well with wine. Simply use a mixture or coarse salt and crushed ice to clean your decanter which will leave it odor free.