How to decant wine

The question of how to decant wine and how to decant port is an important one. Decanting wine has several practical purposes; to remove sediment from aged or unfiltered wine, to aerate the wine and 'let it breathe' as well as removing bottle stink.

Decanting is recommended for wines that have been bottle aged for a considerable time as well as heavily tannic red wines including Barolo, Bordeaux, Port and Rhone wines.

Most modern day wines do not require decanting, though even young wines may benefit from aeration.

We explore the issues around decanting wine - which bottles to decant, how far ahead to decant a wine and the best decanters to buy.

Also, watch two videos on How to Decant Vintage Port and How to Decant Red Wine by Gerard Basset MS MW OBE.

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Video: How to decant Vintage Port

2nd October 2013

Watch Gerard Basset MS MW OBE show you how to decant a bottle of Vintage Port

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Video: How to decant red wine

1st October 2013

Watch Gerard Basset MS MW OBE show you how to decant a bottle of red wine

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How to Handle a Wine with Hugh Johnson

29th November 2010

Decanter.com is re-releasing - exclusively - Hugh Johnson's superb 1984 series HOW TO HANDLE A WINE.

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How to decant

8th July 2010

To decant or not to decant? How? What? When? There are no hard and fast rules, says STEVEN SPURRIER, but there's no doubt a little aeration helps any wine of quality

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How to decant a vintage port

29th May 2009

Port expert Tim Stanley-Clarke demonstrates how to decant a bottle of Graham's 1980 using a wire hanger and a pop sock.

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NEW Decanter Fine Wine Encounter videos - How to Decant Vintage Port

27th November 2008

Don't miss our two new videos - Tim Stanley-Clarke showing How to Decant Vintage Port, and Behind the scenes at the 2008 Decanter Fine Wine Encounter

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