When should wine be decanted?

2Mark Angelillo

I get this one a lot too. Decanters are in the marketplace and some of them are marketed as indispensible tools for a wine drinker. Whether you're into the aesthetics or you're looking for the wine appreciation benefit to decanting, it's nice to know the details when making a purchasing decision.

What does everyone think?


  • i'm no expert, but from what i understand:

    decanters are not a frivilous expense for those who wish to maximize their quaffing experience.

    • if you're drinking an older worldly-wise wine, the decanting process will ensure that your glass is sediment free (assuming chunks of solid matter have formed in your bottle over time.)
    • if you're drinking a young buxom wine (which is less likely to be ravaged by sediment chunks), the decanting process will aereate the liquid and thus enhance the beverage's aroma and flavor. 
    • if you're just looking to get plotzed as quickly as possible, the decanting process will slow the imbibing process. in this case, you shouldn't bother obtaining one .  ; )

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    Snooth User: kalikavalkade

    Jul 25, 2011 at 3:38pm

    • 2Mark Angelillo Haha - great answer, thanks!

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