Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Decanters - Do or Don't?

You've probably seen this on television - it's normally operated by the butler of some rich home and not something you find among the general population - the decanter. What is this fancy sounding object, and how does it affect your ability to drink wine? Well, we're going to do a little discussing on this object known as the "decanter" and how you can use it yourself (even without a butler) and up your wine game!

What is Decanting?

Simply put, the decanter is the object that you use for decanting, and it helps infuse the wine with oxygen. You don't need to decant every type of wine, and generally the older the wine, the less it needs to decant. When you decant a wine, you pour the wine from the bottle to the decanter. You can leave the wine in said decanter for sometimes as long as a few hours (generally when a wine is younger), or a short as thirty minutes (for older wines).

Do You Need A Different Decanter for Different Wines?

Unless you are a wine snob, you most likely won't need a different decanter for your different types of wines. However, if you enjoy the hobby and love collecting kitchen tools - there are certain decanters that work better with certain wines. Before you buy one, though, make sure that it will be easy to use and clean - they may be pretty, but some of them can be incredibly difficult to use!

  • Use a decanter with a wide base if you like full-bodied, red wines.
  • Use a medium sized decanter if you like medium-bodied red wines.
  • Serve your wine in a small to medium-sized decanter that's been chilled if you like light-bodied red wines.
  • While decanting isn't necessary for white and rosé wines, you can use a small chilled decanter if you really want to.

How Do You Decant Wine?

It really is quite simple. You just pour the wine from the bottle into the decanter, making sure that the wine hits the sides of the glass. This will help increase the oxygen exposure in the wine. You can let it decant for anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the wine that you are using. After that, you can serve the wine directly from the fancy decanter, or you can put it back in the bottle if you want to show off your amazing Lake of the Ozarks wine in its bottle *wink*.

Becoming a Wine Snob

Are you on a journey to become a wine snob? We would love to join you! Start by coming out to the best winery at the Lake of the Ozarks. We aren't actually wine snobs, but you will find incredible Missouri wine, a great atmosphere, and a great time when you visit. Our Lake of the Ozarks winery is conveniently located between Camdenton and Osage Beach, MO. We open at 11 AM every day and we would love to see you - come visit!

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full-service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052

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