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Wine decanting

Ask Decanter: When to decant white wine

Barbara Lorenzo, from London, asks: Which styles ages of white wine would benefit from being decante and would you decant them for a shorter time than reds?

To decant, or not to decant – Wine Education with Scott Richardson, Retail Events Coordinator

Putting it simply, decanting is essentially the process of pouring (decanting) the contents of a bottle of wine into another vessel (typically a decanter). Sometimes the wine is then served from the decanter but equally it is just as effective to decant the wine back into the original bottle for service. Today, decanting wines seems a somewhat arcane and old fashioned process rendered unnecessary by the increasing demand for wines designed to be drunk in their youth and less formal attitudes to dining.

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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Dry Riesling, Chablis, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé

Many of these wines are intended to be enjoyed when young, therefore decanting may not make a difference.

What is Decanting?

Decanting is a way of allowing wine to breath using a variety of methods: a decanter, the Bordeaux metho or an aerator. Especially with older and more tannic reds, allowing the wine to breathe before drinking it opens the bouquet, gets rid of any funky smells from sitting, and rounds the tannins, allowing for a better mouth feel.