20 Jul Making Your Good Wines Taste Perfect
Often times even the most traveled wine enthusiasts are required to drink wine outside the perfect conditions of a vineyard wine tasting … No, it happens! Sometimes even those who bought the wine at the vineyard wonder why the wine does not have the same emotional and spiritual impact that the same bottle did when sitting overlooking the vines that produced the grapes used to make it.
Well, there may be a scientific reason for it or even better yet a solution! Decanting can possibly be just what the sommelier ordered. Here are four tricks that will make your good wines great and your great wines extraordinary.
4 Wine Decanting Tips
How Long To Decant Wine? (1 Hour/ 10 Years).
For every ten years add 1 hour of decanting. This trick works well on red wines– from Argentinian Malbec to Italian Chianti. How do you decant wine? Check out the Basics to Decanting Wine.
Shake That Bottle!
Not recommended for unfiltered wine unless you enjoy grounds in your coffee. This form of decanting makes wine sommeliers very nervous, but we tested it against the Traditional Method, a wine aerator and blending it. This method works for most red wines. Need more proof? Watch Australian Winemaker Mollydooker’s video on this method they call “The Molly Shake”.
1. Open the bottle and pour about 1 ounce into your glass.
2. Recork or close bottle and give it a brisk shake for about 5 seconds.
3. Wait for bubbles to dissipate.
4. Serve wine.
Use a Tea Strainer.
Wine sediment is mostly potassium bitartrate (aka Cream of Tarter) and grape skins. It’s easy to remove by filtering the wine with a tea strainer, especially if you don’t have time to use the light method (see below).
Learn To Swirl.
Did someone just pour you a glass of overly tannic wine that’s difficult to drink? Not to worry! More than likely that wine will improve over a period of 30 minutes. You can decant the wine in your glass by swirling it. The swirling increases the surface area of wine to oxygen and aerates it just as decanting would.
– Leave it upright Leave the old wine upright one night before so the sediment settles to the bottom of the bottle.
– Warning: long cork Old wines often have a very long cork to make the wine last longer. Because of this, it’s important to make sure that your cork screw is fully inserted in the cork. Old corks are very delicate and will crumble easily; work slowly to remove them.
– Decant with light when decanting an old wine, pour the bottle with the neck over a candle or a flashlight. You’ll have the capacity to see a dark line of sediment approach the spout of the bottle and stop pouring before it transfers into the decanter. Watch the video to see this method in action.
– Let it breathe Make your best attempt to leave the decanter alone for 2 hours before drinking. You can start drinking almost immediately if it’s pinot noir.
When decanting wine with a candle or flashlight, what to look for.