White Wine vs. Red Wine Decanters
TOP 3 REASONS TO USE A WHITE WINE DECANTER
Most people only think of using decanters for red wine. Although white wines contain less tannins and sediment than red wines, decanting white wine brings out their delicate flavors and aromas. They often help to achieve a balance in white wines that really open them us and make them more enjoyable to drink.
There are many different options to decant and aerate your wine, but the most important element of decanting wine is knowing when and why to do it!
- Temperature: We usually refrigerate white wines and drink them cold. 20 minutes of decanting can help bring them down to be a more suitable temperature, making them more flavorful. You can also freeze your decanter and decant warm wine to cool the wine before drinking it. Cheers!
- Grapes: Depending on the grapes, some white wines will be considered “closed” wines. In this case, more exposure to oxygen can help bring out the aroma in your white wines. This is particularly noticeable in Chardonnays. Be careful not to expose your white wines to too much oxygen by decanting for too long as this can ruin the flavor. 20 minutes or so is recommended, but taste your wine as you go.
- “Bottle Stink”: There can also be “bottle stink” with newer wines, but using a white wine decanter will help the gases (used by winemakers to kill bacteria) dissipate before drinking. You can also remove the sulfur and sediment by decanting white wine for a few minutes. Make sure to pour your wine slowly into the decanter along its inner surface. This will expose the wine to more oxygen and make noticeable difference in your wine drinking experience.