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.
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.