Thursday, May 20, 2010

Decanting Wine into True Wine Decanters

It is a good question.
 What is a true wine decanter and why decant wine into one?

WMF Captain's Wine Decanter
The easiest answer is a true wine decanter has a large body that allows a large wine surface area to be exposed to air. And the second part is because it will improve the wine, but just as important is that it enhances the experience of wine drinking.

If you just want to consume wine, twist a cap and drink from the bottle, but if you want to enjoy your wine, then there is a lot more to the experience than just swallowing.

A true wine decanter, like a Reidel wine decanter has a large body which allows for a large wine surface area to interact with the air. (see more technical aeration details), A wine carafe is a wine server, not a true wine decanter, the surface contact area is too small. 

Except and but.... yes there is always a but, - very old, and well-aged vintages of reds don't need as much aeration as young reds, The aging process has already allowed the flavor to build, and a lot of aeration could actually hurt the flavor. So in those cases, the purpose of decanting is more to let the sediment settle out than it is to aerate the wine. In these cases, a wine carafe or smaller bodied wine decanter would be fine. A true wine decanter still works great for older reds, just don't let the wine sit as long as you would a young red.

Properly decanting wine into a true wine decanter is about more than just utility, it's about preparation, anticipation, and presentation. And that is where a true wine decanter defines the host. Like picking a tie or dress for a special occasion, your choice of wine decanters will depend on your personal style and the occasion.

Imagine pouring your wine from a WMF Captain's wine decanter like the one above. It is about the presentation, like the wine you picked and the glasses you chose, all matched to the occasion and the vintage. 

WMF Captain's Wine Decanter
Here are some examples of true wine decanters and the great prices you can get on

The unique Captain's wine decanter has an angular neck that gives a classic wine decanter design a contemporary finesse. Could this be the decanter for you? Just click the photo on the right to see the discounted prices available. (most selections qualify for FREE shipping)

Or click here to see all WMF Wine Decanter styles

You can match your decanter to your life-style - modern and flamboyant, or match it to the vintage, like a cut-crystal wine decanter for that bottle your grandfather put-up. It is all up to your and your preferences.

riedel sommeliers black-tie Wine Decanter
 If you are looking for the ultimate wine decanter statement, you may want to consider one of the designs from the Riedel Sommeliers Black Tie wine decanter line, like the one pictured on the left.

This stunning example of the exceptional form and luminosity of mouth-blown glass, Riedel’s Sommeliers Black Tie wine decanter could as easily end up on a display shelf as the dining room table or bar counter. The simple yet evocative shape recalls a classic brass instrument (thinking Strauss and his French horn concertos yet?) with a single flawless loop of clear 24-percent lead crystal curving from the high open tail to the narrow arching pour-spout. A slender black tuxedo stripe traces the decanter’s outside edge, offering a cleanly streamlined and sophisticated finish to the sparkling silhouette. (click photo to view choices)

It is almost blasphemy to use the word discount in the same sentence with Riedel Sommeliers Black Tie Decanters,  because if you are considering a Reidel, then you are the unique personality that knows what you want, and price is secondary. Or at least it better be because a Reidel Wine decanter has a price to match its style.

Of course not all Reidel wine decanters are as pricey as the Sommeliers Black Tie designs. There are plenty of excellent, more traditional Riedel wine decanters that won't tear a hole in your wallet, like the Riedel Cabernet or "O" wine decanters. (as pictured on the right) 

This line of decanters is made in Austria by the world's most-renowned wineglass maker (Riedel Crystal, founded in 1756), this decanter allows sediment to settle, clarifying any older red wine. Even with a young, sediment-free wine, the decanter makes a beautiful serving vessel by displaying the wine's color. It's machine blown of brilliant 24 percent lead crystal and conforms to Riedel's exacting standards: colorless, transparent, and thin-walled. (and qualifies for free shipping too)

Riedel has several more designs that are world famous, both for their unique styles, and the cachet' of the Reidel name.

One of their especially well-know designs is the Reidel Duck Wine Decanters. (pictured on left, just click photo to see full line)

This spectacular decanter inspired by the shape of a duck contributes a breathtaking elegance to a dinner table. Also of the line of decanters made in Austria by the world's most renowned wine-glass maker (Riedel Crystal, founded in 1756), this strikingly graceful decanter is blown from 24 percent lead crystal.

Riedel crystal is used in fine restaurants all over the world and thus must stand up to constant use and still maintain its superior appearance and function. Reidel is the symbol of stylish quality.

You can use this link to see ALL Riedel Crystal Wine Decanters avaiable now. 

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