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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Let Your Red Wine Breathe

"Letting the wine breathe" has become a joke, one of the pretensions that make wine drinkers so comical and intolerable to the rest of the population. But it really is a good idea, and not just for expensive bottles. We've found that inexpensive reds benefit enormously from a breath of fresh air.

A wine that can taste sharp or flat straight out of the bottle often deepens in delicious ways when it's given a chance to open up in a glass or decanter. So, if you know you're going to be drinking a certain bottle with your pasta, crack it early and pour a couple of glasses before you sit down to dinner. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

On a related note, we've been seeing ads for the Rabbit Aerator, which allegedly performs the same function for $30. We asked one of the knowledgeable wine guys at our local liquor store about this device, and he was unimpressed. For the same price, a decanter does an indisputably fine job. Or you can just plan ahead and open your bottle ahead of time, for free.

1 comment:

  1. In fact, we've found that air is such a wine enhancer that we've taken to opening a bottle a day ahead and letting it breathe while we eat dinner. Then we put a stopper in and vacuum the air out of it.
    The next night it tastes much better than if we had just opened the bottle. It makes a $10 wine taste like a $20 wine.