Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, or "Vinny" for short. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette. I hope you find my answers educational and even amusing. Looking for a particular answer? Check my archive and my FAQs.
Dear Dr. Vinny,
How often and how should you clean a decanter?
—James Beaman, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Why, every time it's dirty, of course! I always rinse with plenty of hot water after each use. If stains develop after time, I use a mild solution of bleach, and rinse, rinse, rinse. And rinse again.
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