Why Do We Decant Wine?
1. Old wines that have been cellared properly will contain sediment due to the aging process. By properly decanting the wine, the sediment will remain in the wine bottle, not in your glass. For old wines with sediment one needs to be very diligent about pouring the wine into a decanter. The sediment needs to settle to the bottom of the wine bottle before the decanting process begins.
2. Young full-bodied red wines can benefit from decanting. When the wine comes in contact with oxygen, the aromas present in the wine are released. The perfect decanter for a young red wine should provide a lot of surface area for oxygen to interact with the wine allowing aromas from the wine to be released. Wine decanting funnels are also useful for dispersing the wine as it is poured into the decanter. And a very interesting new product is the Vinturi, a single glass wine aerator. Simply hold Vinturi over a glass and pour wine through. Vinturi draws in and mixes the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, allowing your wine to breathe instantly.
3. The presentation of wine in a beautiful decanter adds to the ambience of a beautifully set table and prepared dinner. For a large dinner party matching decanters make a stunning presentation. From the classic to the unique, wine decanters are a must for every wine lover.