June 18, 2004, Newsletter Issue #1: Exciting time in the wine industry

Tip of the Week

How long should I decant a wine?
The suggested amount of time to decant a fine red wine is different for each person you might ask. I`ve heard of some French Bordeaux being quite nice and all together different after as much as 24 hours in a decanter. Generally, if you can get in an hour or more, you’re in good shape. You will notice a significant difference in some wines when you decant them. We have a particular Cabernet in our store that you need to shake up, and pour into a decanter quickly. Doing everything you can to get the wine exposed to air. Then let it sit for as much as two hours. I would suggest at least an hour. More than that would be preferable. I don’t think I would let most wines from the states sit longer than 4 hours though.

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