To decant or not to decant.
That is the question.
Whether you’re opening a bottle of your everyday wine or you’re splurging on a pricier varietal, there is one important, yet simple step you need to take when you uncork: decanting your wine can improve the overall taste, regardless of the color of the wine or price of the bottle. Our friends at vinepair.com explain the reason for decanting this way: “The contact the wine has with the air rounds out the wine and makes it more pleasing to most people’s taste buds, plus if you have a nice decanter, it looks pretty sitting on the table prior to being served. Remember we taste with our eyes as much as we do with our nose and tongues.”
Wine decanters are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and price points. You don’t need the fanciest decanter to achieve the results decanting provides. And because they make great wedding and housewarming gifts, chances are, you already have one!
Three Easy Steps to Getting the Most out of a Bottle of Wine
Stand your bottle upright for a day. This allows any sediment in the wine to move to the bottom of the bottle.
After your wine has been upright for a day, uncork and slowly pour the wine into the decanter. This helps sediment stay in the bottle, giving you a nice clear wine in your decanter and your glass.
Let the wine sit in the decanter for 15 to 20 minutes prior to serving. This allows the wine to aerate or “breathe” and helps open up the aromas and flavors.