Sep 8, 2022
What Is The Purpose Of A Wine Decanter?
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 those strange 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.
What kind of alcohol do you put in a decanter?
The storage and service of wine, particularly red wines, are two of the most common uses for decanters. Nevertheless, decanters may also be used with a variety of distilled spirits such as whiskey, tequila, brandy, vodka, and cognac, in addition to scotch and cognac.
Can you put 2 bottles of wine in a decanter?
Dear Dr. Vinny, How should one tackle the problem if a customer who is hosting a huge party places an order for numerous bottles of an older vintage that has to be decanted? Multiple decanters? Have you been using the same decanter more than once? One decanter per bottle? —Matthew G., Kingston, New York (USA) Sincerely, Matthew To begin, I would suggest having a conversation with the client about this potential outcome in order to formulate a strategy.
- The following step will depend on whether you are told to open many bottles at once or to open just one at a time, replenishing as required.
- In an ideal scenario, you would approach this problem with the mindset that “one decanter per bottle” is the best way to go about things.
- Because there is a possibility of bottle variation, it is prudent to keep everything separate while the visitors enjoy the wine in case any of them decide they want to compare and contrast the different bottles.
(Would you want to compare several bottles of the same wine? Yes, that’s something that wine nerds do.) If it is not possible to have a separate decanter for each bottle or if you are serving just one bottle at a time, it may be acceptable to use the same decanter; however, I will only allow this if you promise me that you will thoroughly rinse it out and properly drain any remaining water before using it again.
How long is wine good after opening?
The amount of time a bottle of wine stays drinkable after it has been opened varies relative to how light or heavy the wine is, however the majority of wines have a shelf life of between three and five days.1. Rosé and light white wines Rosé and light white wines, including Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and sweet Riesling, can be stored in the refrigerator for five to seven days after the cork has been placed in the bottle.
How long can you keep port in a decanter?
When decanting (pouring the contents of) a bottle into another container, you can use any container that is clean and waterproof. A jug made of china might work, but glass is demonstrably inert and has the added benefit of letting you to see the color of the wine within.
This is a significant advantage (especially attractive for white wines). Proper, traditional decanters are often made of glass and have a thin neck for ease of pouring. They also typically come with a stopper that allows you to choose whether or not to keep air out of the container. Decanters are often available in either a single-bottle or double-bottle (magnum) capacity.
Especially considering that you don’t technically need a stopper for a decanter that is simply used for pouring, antique ones may be discovered from trash stores for comparatively little money. For more specific recommendations, please see Where to find vintage decanters.
- It is possible to store spirits and madeira in a decanter that has a cork on it indefinitely; but, port and even sherry have a tendency to go bad after about a week, and occasionally much sooner.
- Wine that has not been fortified with alcohol often tastes worse after 24 hours in a decanter, however there are exceptions, such as highly concentrated and tannic wines, which may taste better after this amount of time.
See the complete tale of the two decanters in the JancisRobinson.com Collection, which are featured here, here. One is for young wine, while the other is for wine that has had time to develop.