How to Get the Most Out of That Bottle of Wine
If you are like most of us. The dollar has to be stretched as far as it will go. Cut corners here. Cut corners there. And even the little indulgences that we give our self's. We try not go overboard. Which brings me to this. How to coax the most out of that bottle of wine.
First things first. This is mostly for red wines. White wines can be improved but not the bubbly's. Once you lose the bubbles that wine goes flat. Second. Keep it someplace where the temperature is stable and as cool as possible until you are ready to open it.
Now the most important thing is you have to decant the wine. Opening the top and leaving it open will not accomplish this. Not enough air and not enough surface of the wine is showing. Get a decanter or something that can double as one.
Poor the wine into the decanter. It does not have to anything fancy. You only need something that is food grade and will expose the wine to the most air possible. I like to let it run down the side to get as much air contact as possible. Depending on the type of wine and the age will determine how long to decant it. However assuming this is a cheap bottle of wine, It will probably not be more then two years old. To decant for an hour would be the rule of thumb.
What decanting does is let the gas escape that has been in the wine since it was bottled. The same gas that makes champagne bubble. But sometimes we do not want that taste. You will find that for most wines. If you give the gas a chance to escape, it will improve your bottle.
So go ahead and give it this a try. One other thing though. Don't let the wine breath too much. You will notice it will start to lose it's pizzazz. Yes, it's a window but the window is not that small. I would say start drinking it after an hour. But after two hours put it back in the bottle and in the fridge.