Want to learn the basics about decanters and decanting? Check out our Decanting article in the Wine Storage Education Center!
There’s something refreshing about properly-decanted wine, especially when served with the main course! Some savvy restaurants practice the art of decanting so that your wine will open to its fullest by the time your meal arrives. The arts of cooking, serving, sipping, and eating all depend on timing. One disruption to the balance of a prepared meal is a carefully-selected wine that is closed come mealtime. Waiting for it to open may make your food go cold, and it also disrupts the pace of the dinner. In short, decanting is a terrific way to help make your wine-paired dinners as well-timed as those you experience in your favorite restaurants.
Though you may already be decanting wine at home, the use of a specialized decanter helps your wine oxidize quicker while adding an element of visual grace and elegance. In particular, Riedel wine decanters are carefully shaped to allow a greater amount of wine to come into contact with the air. Unlike a common water pitcher, the Grape Riedel Wine Decanter is crafted for “full oxygenation” which definitely improves the taste and aroma of your favorite wine. The graceful, mouth blown Riedel Amadeo Lyra Decanter, launched in 2006 to celebrate Reidel’s 250th anniversary, adds additional elegance and style to your wines’ presentation. The Riedel Extreme Decanter, dubbed “The Work of Art Decanter” by the New York Times, is designed to encourage young wines to open, as well as vintage wines. (Decanting older wines just before serving helps keep a wine’s brilliance and clarity from being impaired by sediments that may have developed over the years). No matter what Riedel wine decanter you choose, you’ll be bringing the best of the science of oxygenation and hand-crafter art together, with wine, for a memorable dining experience.