How to decant wine without a decanter

What can I use if I don’t have a decanter?

If you don’t have a decanter, you can pour the wine into a pitcher or a carafe, a clean vase, a few pint glasses, or a bowl if you want. All would achieve the purpose of the decanter, at least at its most basic level.

Can you decant wine in the bottle?

Open the bottle. Slowly tilt the bottle toward the decanter. Always keep the bottom of the bottle low to keep the sediment from reaching the neck, and avoid disturbing the sediment. Pour the wine into the decanter slowly but steadily.

How do you decant wine quickly?

Because wine glasses are designed to aerate wine, you can usually do a quick-and-dirty decant by pouring a standard wine pour in a glass, swishing it around a few times, and letting it breathe.

Is opening a bottle of wine the same as decanting?

Both popping a cork and decanting a wine do the same thing: give the wine exposure to oxygen. Especially when a wine is young and robust, this can help make it more expressive and aromatic. It’s the same reason that we swirl a wine in our glass, releasing aromatic elements and giving the wine a chance to “breathe.”

How do you decant wine at home?

Hold a light under the neck of the bottle; a candle or flashlight works well. Pour the wine into the decanter slowly and steadily, without stopping; when you get to the bottom half of the bottle, pour even more slowly. Stop as soon as you see the sediment reach the neck of the bottle.

Can you aerate wine in a blender?

Pour the entire bottle of cheap, red wine into the blender container and cover. (You might want to pour a little bit in a separate glass so you can taste the difference.) Blend on high speed for 30 seconds. Let the wine settle and the bubbles dissipate for a few seconds before pouring a glass and enjoying.

Can you decant wine in the fridge?

Don’t attempt to aerate wine overnight or in your refrigerator. The process should be completed shortly before serving the wine. Too much exposure to air can cause your wine to taste overly astringent and vinegar-like. Also, your refrigerator acts as a mild dehumidifier and will quickly spoil your open wine.

Does shaking wine aerate it?

You can decant the wine in your glass by swirling it. The swirling increases the surface area of wine to oxygen and aerates it just as decanting would.

How do you air wine quickly?


Quote from video: For the first method. Just empty your bottle of wine into the blender and blend on high speed for 30 seconds.

Does wine really need to breathe?

Why do you want a wine to breathe? The wine in a bottle is still a living organism that requires air to stay alive. Even though it is getting a little air through the cork or screwcap to stay alive over a long period of time, that wine has been couped up in a tiny bottle for either a short or long period of time.

Does aerating cheap wine make it taste better?

While aerating a wine can turn up the volume on its flavors and aromas, that’s only a good thing if you actually like the wine. Aeration can’t magically change the quality of a wine. In fact, if a wine has a flaw like TCA or brett, the longer it breathes, the more these notes can become prominent.

How long should you let red wine breathe before drinking?

Most red and white wines will improve when exposed to air for at least 30 minutes. The improvement, however, requires exposure to far more than the teaspoon or so exposed by simply uncorking the wine. To accomplish this, you have to decant the wine. This process aerates the wine in its entirety.

How do you decant wine with a candle?

Quote from video: You put the bottle of the wine. Kind of a big fat part over the candle.

How long should you decant wine?

So… how long does it take to decant wine? Red Wines – 20 minutes to 2 hours, depending on style. White and Rosé Wines – up to 30 minutes, based on conditions. Sparkling Wines – up to 30 minutes, based on certain conditions.

Is it better to decant red wine?

The bouquet and taste can remarkably alter from just 15 minutes sitting in a decanter. Aged red wines are those that are most deserving of decanting, and the benefits are very apparent.

When should you serve wine after it has been decanted?

Taste it after opening then wait 15 minutes and taste again; if it has not developed to your liking, then try decanting. Young and/or very tannic, full-bodied wines can take more than an hour to benefit from decanting – some needing four hours or more to fully express themselves.

What can I do with leftover decanted wine?

Leftover Wine



It is advised to re-cork the bottle or seal the decanter in some way and putting it in the refrigerator. This will slow down the ageing process that spoils the wine both for red and white wines.