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Wine 101:
When should you decant a wine?  What is the proper serving temperature for reds, whites and sparkling wines? Which glass should you use?  All great questions that anyone who appreciates wine may want to know. I’ve collected these topics from Snooth.com and really appreciated the education and research. I’ve added to this article, answering questions like, “alternatives to decanting wine if you are sans decanter” and the coolest new tool available for instant decanting- the Vinituri.

Wine 101: Decanting
Why you should let your best bottles breathe…an article from Snooth.com

Decanting is simply pouring wine from the bottle into another container. There are two reasons to decant a wine: To separate the wine from any sediment it may have deposited, or to expose the wine to more oxygen in order to get it to “open up” or become more expressive.

With older wines that have thrown significant sediment I almost always decant the wine, though I frequently do what is called a double decant, which simply means pouring the wine off the sediment, then rinsing the bottle clean before returning to the wine to its original bottle.” http://www.snooth.com

This is a new product that I can’t wait to buy.  It speeds up an often slow decanting process, without the need for extra equipment (eg. decanter & time). It is called the Vinituri, average cost:$40.00. Vinituri Wine Decanter
From Vinituri.com- Wine which has been allowed to breathe tastes better. As wine breathes, it opens up, and releases its intended aromas and flavors. Traditionally, decanters were used to aerate wine. However, decanting is time consuming, cumbersome, and inconvenient. Vinturi’s patented design speeds up this process with ease and convenience. Perfect aeration in the time it takes to pour a glass.
If you don’t have the Vinituri, here is the classic way to decant wine from ehow.com
  1. Step 1

    Learn about decanters. Decanters are basically fancy pitchers with a narrow neck and wide base. Inexpensive carafes work just as well.

  2. Step 2

    Know the main reasons for decanting. Aged wines are decanted because of the sediment in the wine bottle. You could call them floaties if you prefer. They look bad and taste worse. Decanting prevents sediment form reaching anyone’s wine glass. (more…)

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