The Inexpensive Wine You Should Still Put In The Effort To Decant
By Garth Clingingsmith
Decanting is the process of pouring wine into a broader vessel, maximizing aeration and leaving behind any sediment in the process. It also takes the edge off of a wine's tannins, which are the molecules that create a drying sensation in our mouths.
Decanting is common with red wines, which spend more time in contact with the stems, seeds, and skins of the grapes, and there are varieties such as malbec and shiraz that should be decanted no matter what. However, if you’re looking for a perfect affordable red wine to decant, look no further than Costco's highly heralded new cabernet.
To properly decant, make sure the bottle has been upright for at least a day, then uncork and pour slowly with the bottle and decanter facing each other, stopping when you see any sediment enter the bottle’s neck. A proper wine glass or pitcher will work in place of a decanter, as long as you give the container a good swirl and a moment’s rest before enjoying your first sip.