Shall we let the wine breathe?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Letting a wine breathe means that you are exposing it to air.  What you say?  Why would I want to intentionally expose my wine to air, isn’t that the exact opposite of what to do to keep my wine drinkable?  Well, yes and no.  While we are making wine and bottling wine and storing wine, we want the wine to come into as little contact with air as possible because the oxygen begins to age the wine more rapidly than perhaps is best.  However, right before drinking the wine, oxygen can be very helpful in ‘softening” the tannins and helping the wine to “open up”.  Also, not all wines benefit from breathing.  Most whites and blush wines just don’t need to breathe.  If a wine needs no further aging it just doesn’t need to breathe, that’s why ‘breathing” and “decanting” are really saved for those wines that are heavy with tannins (typically red!) Read More...


You Can Be The Wine Maker!

Thursday, November 06, 2014
You Can Be The Wine Maker!