What is decanting wine? What are the benefits of decanting wine? Why do we need to do it and is it necessary?
I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the importance of a wine decanter!
What is a decanter? 🤔
Decanters come in different shapes and sizes from cornett, duck, and of course, standard decanters, which come in small, medium, and large sizes. Overall, their main purpose in life is to allow your wine some space AKA aerating the wine.
Are decanters only used for red wine? 🍷
Yes, it’s true, decanters are a vessel that we use mostly for red wines. You can choose to use it on reds that are young, to open them up, and to soften up the tannins, really bringing them to life! Older reds can also be decanted to catch sediments at the bottom and open them up. Although, I do think decanting really old reds can “kill them” faster, but let’s save that for another time 😉
The truth is, I don’t decant all my reds, I can’t be bothered because the cleaning is a nightmare. But if I’m having friends over and I’m feeling fancy, or if I do have a particularly big bold red, I will 100% decant it.
And to answer your burning question, white wine and even rosé wine can also be decanted. All wine can reap the benefits of decanting for a few seconds, to experience the aeration and open the profile of a wine up.
What to look for in a decanter
When you’re on the hunt for a decanter, definitely make sure that it has a wide point at the base. And also keep in mind the cleaning aspect of it, I’ve said it once and I’ll never stop saying it, they are a colossal pain in the ass to clean. When cleaning a decanter, you’ll probably have to get a special decanter cleaning brush.
No decanter? No problem!
The truth? You don’t have to have an actual decanter.
Let’s get creative! You can use anything that is wide and will give your wine some space, like a teapot 🫖 , you can use a measuring cup, and even beakers which make great picnic decanters. Last but not least, you have the option to hyperdecant a wine by putting wine in a blender 🌪 but we’ll save that for another day!
If you learned something new after reading this, join my free and super fun Facebook group “Good wine, Good people”. In “Good wine, Good people” we talk about everything related to wine and decanters, it’s a really fun place to be. And if you’re ready to dive deeper into the world of wine my blog WINE DESCRIPTION WORDS FOR BEGINNERS! is a great starting point.
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