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 Monday, July 23rd, 2018

February 6, 2010

Let Wine Breath

Are you ready for a basic tip to enjoy wonderful wine?

The whole concept of letting wine breath is simply to maximize your wine’s exposure to the surrounding air. By allowing wine to mingle with the air, the wine’s aromas opens up and the flavor softens and the overall characteristics improve. Typically, red wines are the ones that benefit most from breathing before serving. In general most wines will improve with as little as 15 minutes of air time, not that you can’t drink as soon as it’s uncorked.

So what’s a wine lover to do? Well you have two options: A decanter or wine glasses. Just uncorking a bottle of wine won’t do it, as there is simply not enough surface area at the top of the bottle to allow enough air to make contact. So you should use a decanter, or a clean flower vase, or even a pitcher – any large liquid container with a wide opening will work – and pour your bottle of wine into it. Or pour the wine into wine glasses, and let it rest for about 15 minutes, without drinking it, before you’re really ready to enjoy your wonderful wine.

So try it for yourself and see if your wine experience is elevated.

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