Wine decanters are glass tools for separating sediments from wine. Decanting can also enhance the aroma and flavor, especially for red wines. They have unique shapes which allow just enough air to lift the authentic flavors of the wine. If you love wine and you’re wondering where to start with decanting, here are some things that you have to keep in mind:
- Size. The size of your decanter depends on how much wine you are decanting. Small decanters are ideal for a glass or two, while for up to one bottle or more, medium and large would be more suitable. Various sizes of wine accommodate different types of wine.
- Small. A decanter with a small size is usually ideal for white, rose, and light-bodied red wines. Decanting is unnecessary for white and rose wines, but you can still do so.
- Medium. Medium decanters are mainly used for medium-blooded red wines and;
- Large decanters are suitable for full-blooded red wines, which helps with their aeration.
- Shape. Decanters come in various unique forms, but the most common shape is the standard decanter. If you aim for better aeration for your wine, it is best to use a decanter with a wide neck to expose the wine to air better. Some decanter shapes are:
- Standard. Both beginners and expert wine lovers use a standard decanter. It has a broad base with a tall, narrow neck with an angled spout to ease pouring.
- Swan. Swan decanters are U-shaped vessels having two necks with openings. One of the necks is narrow, and the other is wide, which allows the user to have a handle.
- Snail. The snail decanter has a flat, circular body with a long, slightly narrow neck. It has a hole in the middle of its body, making it look like a snail.
- Bell. This decanter has a punt at the bottom, which collects the sediments faster.
- Material. Wine decanters should be made from materials that will not leave unwanted tastes to the wine. There are only two ideal materials for decanters: standard glass and crystal. Both are more durable than regular glass as decanters are intentionally thicker. If you prefer crystal decanters, you should go lead-free crystals.
Other factors that you might consider when choosing your wine decanter are:
- Filtering. If you are a massive fan of vintage wines, you should look for a decanter with a filter that will separate sediments better than regular decanters.
- Wine decanters with filters. This decanter has a strainer on its spout, which gives an extra filter to the aged wine.
- Decanters with stopper. Leaving your decanter without a stopper will make it go bad faster. To avoid wasting your wines, you should choose a decanter with a stopper so you can leave it overnight.
- Breather. Decanters with breathers can latch unto mouths of wine bottles. After flipping the bottle, the wine will hit the surfaces of the decanter, and if you flip it out once again, the decanter will have a space for the wine to breathe.
There are other ways to decant your wines without using a decanter. However, from glasses to other drinkware, you can always yield the best results from using the appropriate equipment.
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