In a previous post, Dine With Open Wine, we discussed some of the benefits of decanting wine. While it’s one thing to read about what decanting does to a wine, experiencing it is another matter. And what better way to experience the dramatic impact decanting has than to conduct your own comparison of decanted and non-decanted wine at home, or with a group of adventurous guests? You’ll obviously need a good bottle of wine--try this with one of your favorites to really appreciate the effect--and a decanter such as the Riedel Cabernet Wine Decanter or, if you really want to impress, the Riedel Ultra Magnum Decanter. Next, make sure the glasses you’re using match the wine you’re serving. (For instance, don’t use white wine glasses if you’re pouring Merlot, etc.) Wondering about the variety of wine glasses available? Check out our article on types of wine glasses in the Education Center. Ready to shop? We have a full line of Riedel glassware.
After you have selected your wine, open it and fill a set of glasses with it directly from the bottle. Next, gingerly pour the remaining wine into the decanter of your choice. (N.B. Most decanted wines begin to open in minutes, so it’s best to serve them shortly after decanting.) Have your guests smell and taste their wine which came directly from the bottle. Now, pour the decanted wine into a second set of glasses, and let your guests compare the boutique, taste, and finished of the decanted wine with that which was not decanted. It’s a guarantee you’ll see many wide, pleasantly-surprised eyes! While decanting will not make a “bad” wine into an instant winner, it will certainly enhance the appeal of average wines, and substantially augment the pleasure of exceptional wines. Still not convinced? Try hosting a decanting party and taste for yourself! The reward is worth it! For more detailed information about decanting, or other wine-related topics visit our Wine Storage Education Center online. Happy decanting!