When to aerate a wine, and what are the options?
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When we talk about letting a wine breath, we are simply talking about exposing the wine to oxygen and therefore adding air to the liquid before we drink it.

There has always been a lot of debate about whether aerating a wine is worthwhile, but doing so with certain wines can definitely release more the wine’s aromas and soften the tannins.

I generally try and aerate all full bodied reds to some degree.

Tips:

The older the wine, the less likely aerating it will benefit. It suits younger, full-bodied red wine –(wines that were made within a few years of opening).

White wines don’t have tannins, therefore aerating is not necessary.

Options:

1. Simply swirl the wine in the glass to let itbreathe before drinking. If you do this, be gentle, no one likes wine spillage – especially red wine!

2. If you have the patience, you can decant the wine into anything that has a large bowl, like a carafe or the decanter.

Depending on if and when you either got married or perhaps celebrated a milestone birthday like a 21stor 40th, you may have a decanter sitting somewhere and you don’t even know how or why you would use it. Check those cupboards before you go out and buy a new one!

3. Don’t have the patience to decant a wine? Then a wine aerator may be your answer.

There are options that attach to the top of your wine bottle and act like a pourer, or an aerator that you pour the wine through.

Our advice:

Do your own research. Don’t let anyone else tell you that you should or shouldn’t aerate. Open a bottle or two and see how it tastes different based on how long it’s been opened, sitting in a glass or decantated. Make up your own mind. We would love to hear what you think.