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How to use a decanter

Decanting wine might seem like a bit of a fancy thing to do but if you want to get the full flavour out of your wine (and you don’t own a My WineLover yet) then a decanter should be in your kitchen! If you already own a decanter, chances are it’s gathering dust in a cupboard or on a shelf somewhere in your home. So we’re here to tell you exactly how to use it.

Decanting wine simply means pouring your wine into a specially shaped vessel in order to provide it with the opportunity to air before drinking. The process of pouring it into another vessel actually helps to develop flavours and separate sediment too.

So, which wines should you be decanting?

Expensive Wines

Decanting very expensive wines even for 30 minutes can help bring out the full flavour and reduce the acidity present in them. This can lead to a more full palate and a greater depth of fruit complexity.

Aged Wines

Older red wines tend to build up sediment over time. If you’re pulling out a 25 year old Penfolds (luck you!) you’ll want to pour this into a decanter to sit for up to two hours. By pouring the bottle into a decanter the wine separates from the sediment for a more enjoyable drinking experience.

Cheap Wines

To decant is to aerate. A cheap wine can often have an unpleasant smell upon first opening due to hydrogen sulphide in the wine. By pouring your cheaper bottle on wine into a decanter, you can help to remove this odour, put air into the wine and improve the overall taste.

Of course, using a decant in conjunction with you’re My WineLover will make for a nice drop!

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