Wine Decanter And Its Uses In Decanting


by Mamie Conrad


In these times when wine can now be finely filtered, there is still a curious wonder as to why the process of decanting is still highly relevant. A wine decanter nowadays may be best seen in specialty stores, antique shops or stately homes, but quite less frequently in most households. However, loyalists of the process digress that it is not merely for show.

An inert material is what a decanter is often made of. It is a vessel used for serving wine more decently even with its non perfect finish, care of the sediments that are not filtered out. This is why to make up for its impurity, decanting is practiced to clear it out of particles up until manual labor can manage.

Presently, methods such as mechanical filtration and fining follow the step in which the processing starts. As a result, the market now has a variety of products that can guarantee crystal clearness for every wine bottled. It is now normal to expect that what one will pay for will ensure the drink to be smooth when gulped in.

Of course, the process that can only guarantee the best is now highly preferred, thus the shift into the modern method. Most likely, it is also more practical and has good use for your time and money. However, no one can take away the fact that decanters is very much part of the tradition of winery and should be given due credit.

This is how the process done. First, start by taking the wine from storage. If there is suspicion of sediment formation inside the bottle, set it upright for at most a day before the decanting is done. This way, all the particles will sit perfectly well at the bottom.

While you leave the bottle to gather up as much particles at the bottom, proceed by preparing the few materials you will need. First is the corkscrew which should open the bottle stopper conveniently for you. The receptacle on other hand will be your decanter. A portable source light like a candle will also aid in the process.

This is so you will have a good view of the neck of the bottle. With the light from behind, illuminating from the back of the see through material, you will be able to easily identify the sediment. This way, you can avoid it from going further and mixing with the clearer liquid.

With either hands holding both the bottle and the receptacle, start pouring in a smooth manner. Make sure that you can hold the bottle with gentle, steady hands so as not to disturb the sediment from its place below. Once you can see that part of the sediment has started reaching the neck, you can stop pouring.

Practices done out of tradition are characterized with a more manual approach. Often times, people born in later generations lose touch of this part of the history in terms of witnessing it for themselves. Decanting through a wine decanter is just one of the old time charms that you can experience for your self if only to relive winery in a traditional sense.




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