Course: Understanding Wine

Class 2: Tasting Reds


Decanting, the process of pouring a wine from its bottle into another container (commonly, a clear glass vessel called a "decanter") is necessary if the wine has developed sediment.

The object is to pour the clear wine into the decanter while leaving the sediment in the bottle. Though it's not harmful, sediment tastes bitter and adds a gritty mouthfeel.


How to Decant
1. Stand the bottle upright for a day prior to decanting, allowing all the sediment to settle on the bottom.
2. Set up a light source -- a candle or a flashlight standing on end -- to shine through the neck of the bottle as you pour the wine into the decanter.
3. Pour very slowly, taking care...

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