The benefits of decanting wine

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The traditional purpose of decanting wine was to separate the sediment, but wine nowadays is virtually sediment free, so the art of decanting wine has declined over the years. However, there is still a lot to be said for decanting wine, and the process seems to be making a comeback.

Sediment separation

Any sediment likely to be left in a bottle of wine would probably be from the manufacturing process such as bits of stalk, grape skin or seeds escaping the filtering process. These sediments, although organic, can leave a bitter taste, so decanting into a fine crystal decanter is a perfect way to separate them from the liquid.

Aeration of young wines

Young wines benefit greatly from the decanting process. The flavour and aroma of young wines is enhanced as the decanted wine is mixed with oxygen, and the wine is allowed to ‘breathe’ resulting in a much mellower drink. It has to be said though, that well-aged wines should be decanted with caution, extra aeration may affect the subtleties that have already developed while the wine was maturing.

A sense of occasion

An elegant engraved crystal decanter is the perfect way to show off the colour and clarity of a fine wine, and can add a sense of occasion to any gathering or dinner party. Whether an antique crystal decanter, a touch of bygone glamour with a 1940’s style decanter or a contemporary and stylish decanter from the 21st century, here at H Cooper Glass Engravers, we believe they offer a whole new dimension to enjoying a glass of wine.

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