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How and Why Should I Decant My Wine?

Decanting wine can be a nice part of the wine serving ritual and is something many think about when they think about serving fine wine. Not all wines need to be decanted, though. Wine only needs to be decanted if it is a red wine that has formed a sediment in the bottle while aging for several years. The sediment in red wine helps give it character and complexity, but you don't want to that sediment in your wine glass when you drink. Decant your wine in advance to eliminate the sediment

 
 
Why Is There Sediment in Wine?

Why do some wines have sediment and is wine sediment dangerous? Are there different kinds of sediment in wine? Put simply sediment can form naturally in wine both during the fermentation process and while maturing in a bottle. Some wines are more likely to develop sediment and some wines will almost never form sediment. Wine sediment isn't harmful and can be perceived as a sign of wine's quality, but you will normally want to separate sediment from wine before serving and drinking.

 
 
How to Open Champagne Bottles

Opening wine bottles is difficult for many people, but opening bottles of champagne or sparkling wine creates more difficulties because of the pressure created by the carbonation of the wine — and the pressure of looking good without braking anything. Removing corks from champagne bottles is a little more dangerous because the pressure of the carbonated wine can force the cork out at high velocity, breaking glass or damaging an eye. Opening champagne and sparkling wine isn't difficult, but must be done with care.

 
 
Removing Cork Pieces from Wine

Many people experience some anxiety over removing corks from wine bottles because they don't want to make any mistakes that damage the wine or make them look foolish. A common problem when removing corks is probably pieces of cork falling into the wine — either a few tiny pieces or even a large section of cork. Most people worry too much about not looking sophisticated with wine and they shouldn't worry a lot about getting cork in wine. Everyone does it and it's not hard to fix.

 
 
Corks, Screw Caps, and Boxes

Wine is not as fragile or sensitive to temperature as milk or juice, but it is perishable and must be properly sealed against the environment. Wine bottles have traditionally been sealed with natural corks covered by foil capsules, but today some wine makers use synthetic corks, screw caps, or boxes. Each has advantages and disadvantages; some wine traditionalists treat natural cork as the only appropriate way to seal wine bottles but you can comfortably buy wine sealed with synthetic cork, screw caps, or in a box.

 
 
 
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