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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. You can also follow me on Twitter: @AskDrVinny.




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Dear Dr. Vinny,

How do I properly pour older wine to avoid sediment being transferred into a person's glass?

—Clark, Toronto

Dear Clark,

That's where a decanter comes in handy. I'll take an older wine out of my cellar a day or two before I plan to serve it, and stand it upright to let the sediment fall to the bottom of the bottle. Then I slowly (slowly!) pour the wine into the decanter, paying close attention to the neck of the bottle. As soon as I see bits of sediment in the neck, I stop pouring. The wine in the decanter is sediment-free and ready for serving.

—Dr. Vinny

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