Using a Wine Decanter. A wine decanter is a glass vessel which is used to hold and serve wine.
When you decant wine something magical happens. You turn a pedestrian thing in a showpiece, an elegant presentation of wine. Letting Wine Breathe. The whole concept of letting wine breathe, or aerate, is simply maximizing your wine's exposure to the surrounding air.
By allowing wine to mix and mingle with air, the wine will typically warm up and the wine's aromas will open up, the flavor profile will soften and mellow out a bit and the overall flavor characteristics should improve. Which Wines Need to Breathe Typically red wines are the ones to benefit most from breathing before serving. However, there are select whites that will also improve with a little air exposure. In general, most wines will improve with as little as 15-20 minutes of air time. Size really matters: Why matching the wine glass to the grape is crucial - Features, Food & Drink. For those who have a glassware fetish (and wineglass sales suggest that, unless we're a nation of ham-fisted washer-uppers, many of us do), the good news is that it's widely accepted that well thought-out, high-end wine glasses can make a huge difference to our perception of wine.
The bad news is that many (even top-drawer) wineglass manufacturers get it wrong and forking out a fortune isn't an automatic ticket to taste. It was the Austrian glassmakers Riedel who as good as invented the functional wineglass. Back in the late Fifties, Claus Riedel created a range of glasses shaped like eggs rather than the traditional 'V' or tulip shape. The theory (still accepted today) was that the tongue has different taste sensitivities relating to acidity, bitterness, saltiness and sweetness. He must have jumped with joy at the marketing potential. Now, let's be clear: I like my wine, but I'm no wine buff. Many lead crystal wine glasses are, of course, gratifyingly heavy, especially cut glass. Wine Tasting Topic: Wine Glass Type - Does it Affect the “Taste” of Wine?
Click Here for Details Does the Type of Wine Glass Effect the "Taste" of Wine?
©Richard Gawel ....Email this article to a friend.... Many wine tasters are adamant that an optimum glass in terms of size and dimensions exists for a particular wine type or even style. that it is absolutely imperative that the correct glass be used if maximum enjoyment is to be had. But how much of this idea has truth in fact, and how much is the result of concerted marketing efforts on the part of some glass manufacturers to effect a marketing point of difference. Before we can answer this question in an intelligent way, we must first distinguish what is meant by "taste" in a wine.
The importance of storage – Octavian Vaults. Storing your wine in particular conditions will affect the rate at which it ages. The lower the temperature, the slower it will mature. Conversely, its ageing will be accelerated by storing it in warmer conditions. Dramatic swings in temperature must always be avoided. Temperature can damage the colour, aroma and flavour of your wine. Humidity will also affect the condition of your wine: too little will cause the cork to dry and lead to oxidation, whilst too much can damage the label and even the case. The delicate structure of your wine needs to lie maturing undisturbed and free from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light and vibration.
It is imperative that your wine is physically and financially secure. So when it comes to storing your precious wines, as an investment or to drink, when they are laid down to mature there are a number of very important things for you to consider: Security & Integrity - Your wine must be physically and financially secure. Wine Production. Wine Production was first seen 6,000 years ago. But it wasn’t until 1857 that Pasteur correctly described the science behind fermentation and Wine Production. Because crushed grapes contain all that is needed to create wine, ancient wine producers simply allowed nature to take its course. As time went on, people realized that by intervening at certain times, they could make a wine with more predictable characteristics.
Wine science. Glass_shape.qxd.pdf (application/pdf Object)