Methods Of Aerating Wine

Aerating your wine can really improve its taste, especially if it’s a tannic wine, that hasn’t yet aged for eight years. Tannins are chemicals in the wine that cause your mouth to feel dry or to make your mouth pucker after a sip of the wine. They usually aren’t present in older wines, because they have gotten the chance to break down as the wine ages. By aerating the wine, you can lessen its astringency, so that you can fully experience its delicate flavors. We’ll show you how you can aerate your wine by using a glass or a decanter. By using a glass… • Open your wine and get a glass ready to pour it into. • Hold the wine bottle as high as you can (maybe even as high as 10 inches) so that when you pour it, your wine gets exposed to as much air as possible before it enters the glass. Just try not to drip or spill it when you’re pouring it from this high. • To expose the maximum amount of surface area, fill the wine glasses no higher than the widest point. • Let it breathe – leave the wine there to sit and breathe on its own and sip it now and then to see if it has aerated enough. By using a decanter… • You can use any wide vessel for this, if you don’t have a wine decanter, because the idea is to expose the wine to the most amount of air as possible. You can use a case, a pitcher or even a glass measuring bowl. • Test it intermittently by pouring some for you to sip. • When the wine is ready, you can serve it from the decanter, vase or bowl. Try it the next time you open up a bottle of wine. We can offer you professional grade wine storage for your wine collection and we can also get advice about storing your wine at home. Give us a call to discuss the climate controlled and secure wine storage options we have available to keep your fine wines safely stored in our wine storage facility in New Jersey.



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