Decanters are stylish serving vessels used to aerate wine and remove sediment from the wine. This guide will cover why and how decanting wine works. It will also explore the different types of decanters we offer for your wine tasting, wedding, or special event.
A wine decanter has three main parts: a flared base, a narrow neck for pouring, and a flat or slanted top. The slanted tops help make pouring smoother and easier.
Also referred to as a carafe, decanters can resemble bottles or feature a variety of specialized shapes. A carafe, however, can be used for more than just wine. It functions as a decorative way to serve water, juice, or soft drinks at the table.
Wineries and upscale restaurants use decanters to ensure that the wine looks, tastes, and smells its best. The wine travels from the original bottle into the decanter where it rests, and then from the decanter into your customer's glass.
One major function of a wine decanter is to enhance the beverage presentation. Decanters have upscale appearances with impressive shapes and curves. Use them as a decorative focal point at your wine shop or restaurant.
Aside from this function, wine decanters serve two major purposes: aerating wine and removing wine sediment. Wine exposed to air elicits more complex flavors and aromas. Sediment can naturally form in the bottom of wine bottles as the wine ages. Decanting separates this sediment from liquid so that the sediment is left in the wine bottle and doesn't end up in your customer's glass.
Red, white, sparkling, and rose wines have several fundamental differences. Should you decant all these wines? Not necessarily. It generally depends on the type of wine and the wine's age. It is not recommended to decant rose. Due to rose's fruity and delicate properties, it would not benefit from aeration. You could pour the rose into a decanter right before serving to improve its presentation, and that alone would be enough aeration.
Feel free to experiment with decanting. Have two wines side by side, and decant only one type. Let one wine sit and decant for over an hour, and let one sit for 20 minutes. The possibilities are endless. The only true rule is that you should drink the wine once it tastes right to you. Wine will only get worse once it has sat for too long.
The following steps illustrate how to decant wine:
1. Remove the wine bottle's cork and wipe the bottle neck clean.
2. Hold the neck of the bottle over a light source, such as a candle.
3. Pour the wine slowly from the bottle into your decanter at a slight angle so it doesn't splash in the bottom of the decanter.
4. Stop pouring as soon as you see sediment or specks reaching the neck of the bottle. Also stop if you notice the wine's color becoming cloudy.
5. The clear wine in the decanter is now ready to serve. Discard the remaining sediment and liquid in the bottle, and pour the wine from the decanter into your customers' wine glasses.
Now that you know why decanting wine is beneficial and how to decant wine, it's time to choose your decanter. Choosing a more expensive decanter won't necessarily improve the way the decanter works. They all serve the same two purposes, which is to aerate wine and remove wine sediment. Although, material, price, shape, and size are all factors to consider. Larger decanters are usually more expensive, but they also give the wine more space to flow and move for greater aeration.
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