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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Do decanting filtering tools like pop socks, clean cloth sheets or coffee filters damage a wine's taste or smell?

—Iuri A., Brazil

Dear Iuri,

These items could possibly affect a wine's taste if they're not clean or come with their own aromatics—and when it comes to coffee filters, I'd definitely recommend using unbleached ones. My problem with trying to filter sediment out of a wine at home is that it just doesn't work. The very small size of most sediment means it will pass easily through typical household filtering devices. The only situation in which I've had success in filtering is if I had a crumbly cork—here, a funnel and unbleached coffee filter were able to capture the pieces. Otherwise, I recommend standing the bottle upright for a few days to allow any sediment to settle on the bottom, then carefully decanting.

—Dr. Vinny

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