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Decanting makes a difference

Decanting a wine can elevate even the most average wine experience if done correctly. Along with keeping wine guidelines in mind, it’s important to consider the changes that may be triggered by the process of decanting. Therefore, it’s not always easy to know whether to decanter or not.

When decanting a bottle of wine, there are two things that takes place. First, the wine (mostly older wine) separates from its sediment. If the sediment is left mixed in with the wine, you will notice a bitter sharp flavor. Secondly, when wine is poured into a decanter, the result causes the wine to mix with oxygen, which enables it to develop and come to life. Amazing, isn’t it?

The principles of choosing stemware also applies to decanters. A crystal clear decanter allows you to see the wine at its best. Avoid purchasing colored or overly decorated decanters, as they have the tendency to obscure the wine. Furthermore, just as you would with your stemware, be sure to clean your decanter properly, ensuring that it’s spotless and free from any cupboard aromas. To remove residual chlorine order, rinse with mineral water. Due to the shape of decanters, it is advised to never use detergent when cleaning, as it would be very difficult to get the soapy residue out. Instead, use a mixture of coarse salt and crushed ice to remove any residual wine without leaving behind any aroma.