Sep 8, 2022
What Is A Decanter For Wine?
By Rai Cornell Have you ever gone to the house of a friend and saw an enormous, intimidating wine carafe sitting on the counter, and your first thought was, “What on Earth?” Don’t be concerned. You’re not alone. There are a lot of people who enjoy wine but aren’t entirely sure what a wine decanter is or what it’s used for.
After all, why would you want to increase the amount of time it takes to consume wine by adding another stage to the process? And while we’re on the subject, what exactly is the issue with decanters coming in all of those peculiar shapes? Is it possible that having a decanter that looks like the most abstract ceramics in the MET’s collection may improve the taste of the wine? We’ll tell you.
The following is an explanation of what a decanter is, what it is used for, whether or not you need one, and when it should be used. Super simple: The container (which is often made of glass) that is used to serve wine is known as a wine decanter. The act of pouring wine from a bottle into a decanter is what is meant to be understood as the “decanting” procedure for wine.
When you are entertaining guests at your house, you will pour the wine into each guest’s glass using a decanter. In the context of a restaurant, some businesses may pour the wine that has been decanted back into the original bottle for the sake of presentation. This is done since many wine lovers, like ourselves, enjoy gazing at the bottle before drinking from it.
The purpose of decanting, like that of anything else we do to our cherished wines, is to improve the tastes and overall pleasure of drinking wine. There are two primary paths that lead to this result.
Should you put wine in a decanter?
Why Should Wines Be Decanted? – Decanting has several advantages, one of which is that it helps to separate the sediment from the liquid. This is particularly good for red wines, which often have the greatest sediment to begin with. The process of decanting exposes wine to new air and allows it to breathe, both of which contribute to an improvement in the wine’s flavor.
- The wines are kept in the bottle for a considerable amount of time, during which they are not exposed to air.
- Because it causes the buildup of gases to be expelled and the tannins to become more pliable, aeration awakens all of the dormant aromas and tastes in your wine.
- However, keep in mind that exposing wine to an excessive amount of air will destroy it.
You should always try to limit the amount of exposure the leftover has to air and make sure to keep it cold.
Should wine be kept in fridge?
2: Store your wine in the refrigerator Because white wines are often appreciated at their peak when cold, it is second nature to store opened bottles of white wine in the refrigerator. Because red wine is best enjoyed at room temperature rather than chilled, any attempt to chill it might be construed as a social faux pas.
The wine’s unique qualities are more fully exhibited at higher temperatures. However, you should not be concerned about putting opened bottles of red wine in the refrigerator. Chemical reactions, such as oxidation, go more slowly when the temperature is lower. When stored in the refrigerator, a bottle of red or white wine that has been opened and then recapped can maintain its quality for up to five days.
When served at a temperature just above room temperature, lighter-bodied red wines can be extremely delightful ( Six common wine myths debunked ).
Should all red wine be decanted?
Decanting is possible with almost every variety of wine, from young wine to old wine, from red wine to white wine and even rosés. Even if it’s just for the sake of aeration, virtually all wines gain something from being decanted for even a little period of time. However, because their tannins are more concentrated, young and powerful red wines in particular need to be decanted before drinking.
Can you put decanted wine in the fridge?
While the wine is being allowed to breathe in the decanter, give the bottle of wine a thorough washing with some deionized or spring water. After the wine has been decanted, refill the bottle with it, replace the cork halfway through, and store it in the refrigerator to cool.
How should you store wine after opening?
Keep the wine in a cool, dark area to store it. Put your bottles, both uncorked and recorked, into the refrigerator (or a dedicated wine fridge if you have one). If you don’t like the way that red wine tastes when it’s cold, take the bottle out of the refrigerator about an hour before you want to serve it. The temperature will have returned to normal by the time you are ready to pour it.
Does white wine need decanting?
Decanting is currently a very popular topic. There is much discussion on the timing, contents, and technique of decanting. However, almost all of that discussion is concentrated on red wines. Is there ever a time when decanting white wines or even sparkling wines is acceptable? Cameron Cronin, the service and beverage director at Homewood Restaurant in Dallas, argues that the majority of customers do not decant white wines.
“Most consumers shy away from decanting white wines.” “However, in my experience, doing so may significantly improve the overall quality of your drinking experience.” Similar to red wines, very few white wines require decanting before being served. If, on the other hand, a young and sophisticated white wine is a little bit too tight, or if the temperature isn’t just perfect, a decanter may coax the most out of a bottle of wine.
Sommeliers discussed whether it would be necessary to decant a white or sparkling wine, how to do so without causing damage to the wine, and which areas and styles should be taken into consideration. Getty