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Understanding the Ritual of Decanting

Understanding the Ritual of Decanting

Decanting isn’t just for the nobles on ”Downton Abbey” or pricey bottles in fancy restaurants.  Like many seemingly precious wine practices (aggressive swirling, audible sniffing), decanting has a practical explanation. The primary reason to decant any wine is aeration. By pouring wine into another vessel, the juice gets exposed to oxygen rapidly.

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Two Types of Wine You Need to Be Decanting

Two Types of Wine You Need to Be Decanting

For some strange reason, many wine drinkers completely freak out at the idea of decanting wine. It’s not even the actual decanting that freaks people out; it’s the question of when to decant wine that causes everyone to go a little crazy. But knowing when to decant wine is actually pretty simple. Just stick to this golden […]

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On The Floor: Should You Ever Decant Champagne?

On The Floor: Should You Ever Decant Champagne?

It’s a scene that could have taken place eight minutes ago or eight decades ago, in living color or on screen: a restaurant guest orders a bottle of Champagne. The sommelier sets glasses, presents the bottle and, upon approval, retreats to his or her station to remove the cork swiftly and silently. He or she […]

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What Happens When You Store Whiskey In A Decanter

What Happens When You Store Whiskey In A Decanter

You know the scene: an important-seeming dude in a suit, or Jack Donaghy, pours himself a glass of whiskey from a crystal decanter, possibly staring out the window while contemplating a recent building-swap, or whatever business people do. Sure, he might not have made the right choices on the Nikkei that day. But what about […]

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Why Are Wine Bottles Green?

Why Are Wine Bottles Green?

There are plenty of different bottle colors out there, but the most common color is green. While red Bordeaux’s are typically kept in dark green bottles, dry white Bordeaux’s are kept in lighter green ones. Burgundies and Rhones, along with Mosels, Alsaces, and plenty of Champagnes are also kept in green bottles. When it comes to […]

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7 Stunning Modern Wine Decanters

7 Stunning Modern Wine Decanters

When it comes to wine decanters you can let form or function be your guide. A decanter’s job is simple — expose wine to oxygen, which allows the wine to open up. As we wrote in our Wine 101 guide to decanting wine, the vessel you use is less important than the simple act of decanting; in […]

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Five Mistakes You’re Making With Your Wine

Five Mistakes You’re Making With Your Wine

We all make mistakes. While drinking wine isn’t difficult – you open a bottle, pour the wine in the glass and take a sip – there are several common mistakes many people make in the process. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are five of the most common mistakes people make with wine, […]

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