Wine made easy while at home – Part 5
To really get the most out of your wine while at home, we’ve created our own homegrown series of tips. We’re over half way through now, so you should be well on your way to enjoying your wine like never before!
In our last post, we talked about how to spot a corked wine and what to do with it. Now let’s talk about decanting: is it reserved for only fancy red wines and even fancier people? Does it really make a difference to the taste of wine? And if so, what can you use as a DIY decanter while stuck at home?
LESSON 5: ROOM TO BREATHE
Decanting a wine increases its exposure to oxygen. This greatly improves the taste by softening any harsh tannins while releasing more of the fruity floral aromas. Red wines especially taste better decanted, and no wine will be worse off for having been decanted, so the question really should be, “why not?”
How should I decant?
Pour wine from the bottle into a glass pitcher or wine decanter and let it sit for about 30-45 minutes. This will also help to ensure any sediment sinks to the bottom
Don’t have a decanter lying around? No problem. Do you have a glass water jug perhaps? No? How about a lovely glass vase? Still no? What about a (very clean and very empty) fish bowl? If your answer is still no, take heart, simply opening your bottle of wine an hour or two before you drink it will give it at least a little room to breathe.
And your pet fish are bound to breathe a big sigh of relief too!