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Video:How to Aerate Wine Properly

with Sharon Sevrens

Did you know that aerating wine properly loosens it up and (more importantly) improves its flavors? Watch this how-to video from About.com to learn how to properly aerate wine.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Aerate Wine Properly

Hi, I'm Sharon Sevrens, the proprietor of Amanti Vino in Montclair, NJ here for About.com to teach you how to aerate wine properly.

Why You Should Aerate Wine

I like to think of wine as a living, breathing entity and when it's in the bottle with a cork, it's really held captive. The first thing you want to do when you open the bottle of wine is to let it breath and stretch. Opening the bottle is not enough because you aren't exposing the wine to that much oxygen. Decanting it either in a decanter or into a glass is going to open that wine up and as it is exposed to oxygen it is going to start to show you more and more of its wonderful nuance and flavor.

How to Aerate Wine With a Decanter

First, I'm going to show you how to decant a bottle of wine if you have a decanter. The best thing to do is to tilt the bottle a little bit and pour it slowly into the decanter. I like to get the wine to go off of the side of the decanter. Then, once the wine is in the decanter, you can actually pick it up and swirl it around a little bit. What you are doing is introducing the wine to oxygen and opening it up and helping it to breath a little more.

How to Aerate Wine in a Glass

Don't worry if you don't have a decanter handy, you can do the same thing in a glass. What you do is you pour the wine into the glass just like that and then you swirl the wine around in the glass. If it's easier for you to do it on the table, that's fine as well, but I like to swirl it in the air, but what you are doing is opening the wine up and exposing it to oxygen and then you can drink.

Tips for Aerating Wine Properly

One of the questions I get asked all the time is how do I know how long I need to aerate my wine before I drink it and unfortunately the answer is that it depends. In general, if it's a wine with a lot of tannins and it's a young wine that you want to age for a longer period of time, the longer the better. I've decanted a wine for as long as 24 hours and really enjoyed the wine that much more after. General rule of thumb: if you decant for at least 15-30 minutes, for most wines that should do the trick.

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