Decanters may seem like superfluous (not to mention pricey) wine accessories that are more about pomp and ceremony than actual utility, but decanters do, in fact, serve a technical purpose that can alter a wine considerably and make your wine drinking experience more enjoyable.
Besides their ability to instantly dress up your table, decanters are useful when you’re popping the cork on a wine that is very young and tannic, or alternatively, a wine from an older vintage that has a good amount of age on it and has deposited a lot of sediment. Decanting also oxygenates a wine, letting it bloom, so to speak, and allowing its aromas and flavors to emerge and develop to their fullest expression. (more…)
Editor’s Note: Sure, it’s easy enough to open a bottle of wine, but if you want to learn the proper technique, then this is the how-to video for you! Etty demonstrates how to open a bottle of wine like the pros do with this step-by-step guide. You’ll also learn which wines need decanting and why, and how decanting enhances the experience of drinking the wine. So watch and learn, and be prepared to impress at your next dinner party. Cheers!
P.S. What wine-opening tips or tools do you swear by?