Serving wine is important to enjoy the full potential of your wine. If you don’t care about the temperature and type of glass you serve wine in and just want to open the wine and drink it... by all means...go ahead and drink it!
But, if you want to experience the fullness of your wine, it is important to take into consideration the serving temperature, type of glass in which it is served and allowing your wine to “breathe”. You will truly savor every sip of your wine. This can be very simple or you can pull out the stops and turn serving wine into an experience.
If you’ve stored your wine in a cool place, you may need to do nothing but open and pour.
White wines are best served chilled, slowly and gradually. This means maybe a couple of hours in the refrigerator door standing upright. OR To chill white wine quickly, place it in a bucket of ice, with water, so it cools rapidly.
Red wines can be chilled, but most are best served at “room temperature”. Red wine should sit upright to let the sediment settle and opened ahead of serving time to allow them to “breathe”.
Glasses should be big enough, and thoroughly rinsed, since it is amazing how the soap residues left after washing will ruin the taste of your wine.
Properly serving wine in a stemmed glass, that has a rounded middle creating a “bowl” effect, will let you realize the full flavor and aroma of your wine.
|Reds should be served
in a larger stemmed glass
to allow the bouquet of
the wine to shine!
|White wines can be served
in a smaller stemmed
glass than reds.
A stemmed glass has always been the perfect way to serve wine. Nowadays, there are "bowled" glasses with no stem. These are acceptable, so long as they have a rounded middle larger than the opening.
The most crucial factor in the glass is the "bowl". Do not "fill" the glass too much. Swirling the wine in the glass releases the "bouquet" of the flavors, letting them settle at the top of the glass which pleases the nose.
Decanting can be done, but is more for show than necessity. So if you are trying to impress, go ahead, decant and put on a classy show.
To properly decant your wine, let stand for a couple of days to allow the sediment to settle. Then slowly, start pouring your wine into the decanter, carefully watching the arrowhead of sediment slowly creeping to the top, then stop. If you have poured correctly, you should only have about a half a glass of wine left in the bottle.
You have taken the time to make the wine, selected the perfect wine glass, so take the time to taste and enjoy it.
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