The Secret to Decanting Cheap Wine to Make It Taste Expensive


Everybody occasionally needs great friends and the best wines. Sometimes, we need our best friends and some great wine. However, sadly, we face these moments when we don’t get both. While we hope that this statement doesn’t apply to our peers, the time comes that we have to do away with cheap wine.

Well, who’s to blame? When times are rough, and there are more expenses than money, we tend to choose more budget-friendly alternatives to our high-end favorites. After all, at the back of our minds, our friends will almost always understand if we serve them drinks of a lower-caliber. We say it’s the thought that counts though we’re not entirely sold on that idea.

If you think the same way, then, stop overthinking. Wine experts found a viable solution in making cheap wine taste expensive – decanting.

What and Why Decanting

Decanting is that magical technique that when done right, improves the taste of a fermented juice by pouring the wine from its container into another, usually a decanter.

This careful transfer of the wine to another vessel allows the liquid to aerate and to separate itself from its sediments. Thus, as the wine breathes during the process, it develops a better and sophisticated taste for any drinker to enjoy.


How To

If you have a decanter at home, use it. If you don’t, I suggest you buy one. If money doesn’t allow a new purchase, use a clean empty bottle and a funnel in the meantime.

Pour the wine carefully into the decanter, making sure there are no sediments included. Young wines tend to have minimal to none. Decant the wine back to its original container using the funnel. You may opt to repeat the process twice for a better effect. Allow the wine to breathe two hours before serving.

This process should work in reducing the not-so-yummy taste and smell of cheap wine. Please, whatever you do, don’t use a blender in decanting wine.

The Sober Life of Your Most Favorite Sommelier Revealed


If you recognize someone works as a sommelier in a fine dining restaurant, most people who see him/her walk the floor will assume some things. These opinions include this remarkable employee’s knowledge in serving the best wines their establishment has to offer, pair wine with any food on the menu to make them better, and sadly, that he/she drinks a lot.

While most of your colleagues in the restaurant may consume alcohol daily after work, your most favored sommelier stays happy with sobriety. In the culinary world, it is almost impossibly possible.

Here are some facts about a sommelier’s life.

The Sommelier’s Job Description

  1. A sommelier’s job is not limited to serving wine in a restaurant. As an expert, he/she may also be responsible for the creating wine lists and conduct training to other employees.
  2. The majority of a sommelier’s task is to suggest which wines are best to match a particular item on the menu. Hence, this makes us think that while the head chef is in charge of every function in the kitchen, a sommelier is doing a relatively important task.
  3. Also, another major part of a sommelier’s day at work is to talk with patrons and create suggestions according to their budget and taste preferences.


Here’s how they can still be sober and love wine altogether.

A Sober Sommelier

Wine tasting is imperative in the sommelier’s role in the kitchen. To know which wines taste best, though, a wine expert doesn’t always have to be ‘alcoholic.’ Taste one drink, swish, let it linger and then spit.

A wine steward can remain sober at work. For some who choose this path, they can still taste wine in a professional expertise that allows them to define the quality of liquor without swallowing it. After all, careful and delicate tasks such as wine tasting need sobriety.

Some experts trust their noses to do the job. These are gurus who can describe great wine just by smelling them.
When you know so much about wine and other liquors, you don’t need to be eaten by the pressure to drink alcohol. Sobriety is a choice.

4 Most Popular Wines Even Non-Drinkers May Know by Heart


If you’re in search for the best wines to serve on Christmas Eve or another special event at home, or if you would like to do some homework on the most popular types of wines across the globe, you’ve reached your destination.
The wine industry has attracted interest since people have tasted this fermented fruit juice, dating back to 4100 BC in Armenia, or even earlier. Reading about the history of wine makes me think, has wine inspired man’s creation of pottery? Probably.

We could go on thousands of years of discussion about its history, but in the meantime, let me list down the top six wines known to humankind.

1. Riesling

A wine that is usually brisk and invigorating, reminiscent of a floral aroma mixed with tastes of apples and peaches, Riesling is best served on tall, slender vessels.
Rieslings from Germany and California tend to be sweeter than other versions. In general, this white wine goes well with chicken, fish, and pork dishes.

2. Chardonnay

All right, most experts say this is the most popular white wine in the planet. Chardonnay grapes have been tested and proven to grow in any climate or region, which allows the entire universe to have various versions of the same wine coexist.
We recommend pairing this wine with fish or chicken.

3. Merlot

Who won’t love a red wine that is easy to swallow? For beginners and light drinkers, Merlot could be the best wine on Earth. This grape grows ideally on clay and in cooler regions.
Another good news: You can pair up Merlot with almost any dish. (You’re welcome.)

4. Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is sex in the glass, as per Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon. Pinot Noir is one of the best red wines – soft, delicate, and fresh.
Serve this wine as a companion to grilled salmon, chicken, lamb and Japanese dishes at any dinner table.

Number four makes me want to try it right now. Here are the Fantastic Four of wines. Whichever you choose, drink moderately.