5 New Year's Resolutions

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Do the Double

Double decant that is. My second resolution for us all is to decant our wines more often. The young ones for vigorous deep breaths, and the old ones to separate the wine from the sediment, which contrary to popular belief can add a muddy note to many wines. Isn’t that appealing?

So why double decant and what the hell is that anyway? Well, it simply means decanting your wine off it’s sediment into some container, then pouring it back in the bottle it came from, after rinsing out that bottle of course. Why do this you ask? Simply to trap some of the volatile compounds, that’s smells and flavors folks, in the bottle after feeding the wine the oxygen it needed to release those complex notes. When you a decant a wine you introduce oxygen, both by aerating it as you pour it into the decanter and through the large exposed surface area of the wine in the decanter. By pouring the wine back in the bottle, or in any bottle for that matter, you introduce the oxygen but minimize the release of the complex volatile compounds saving them for your later enjoyment at the table!

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  • Snooth User: Honeybells
    214185 94

    I love these resolutions and I definitely need to add some... no ALL of them to my list! Except the cellar one... my supply is not impressive... but if anyone needs help making room in their's so they can buy new bottles, I'll send you my address. ;) Happy New Years Gregory, Snooth team, and fellow wine lovers!

    Jan 02, 2013 at 5:05 PM

  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 156

    My ladyfriend makes frothed half and half for her coffee drinks, and the frother, little battery operated device, will stir up a glass of wine and give it a 1/2 inch thick layer of bubbles .... the wine is oxygenated in 30 seconds rather than two hours.

    Jan 02, 2013 at 6:53 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,748

    Hey Honeybells. Happy New Year and good luck with everything. Things sound so exciting for you!

    Steve, an interesting idea. Aeration for the impatient!

    Jan 04, 2013 at 2:56 PM

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