The Aesthetics of the Wine Carafe
A wine server adds aesthetic value to a dinner event and has other better functions. This helps your wine to breath and also eliminates the possibility of having sediments collecting in the wine bottle. Red wine is the biggest culprit when it comes to sediment collection. This sediment results because of a collection of the proteins that crystallize as the wine grows older. Pouring out the wine slowly is a recommended way to keep the decanter free of the sediment. The main objective though is to pour the wine straight from the pitcher without having to worry about the sediment. Often, carafes have inbuilt sieves to catch the sediment. Even so, it is still advisable to pour out the wine slowly because the sieve may miss capturing all the sediment.
It it doesn’t matter what your preference is, classical design or a unique style derived from inspiration because there is a vast range of wine carafes out there in the market.
Decanters are in many shapes and designs just by virtue of aesthetics. The common ones have a wide base and have a long neck with a wide mouth. This is the design that helps keep the wine aerated properly. Your major concern in as far as buying a wine carafe is concerned, is the subtleties of wine aeration. Another style gaining popularity is the doughnut shape base type of pitcher. This design apparently helps the wine breath more open and faster. There’s also the duck design that is made to look like an extended gravy boat which is extended but with an elongated neck. This style enables the surface of the wine to oxygenate well.
Since wine can stagnate when in a sealed bottle, it is advisable to let it breathe. Wine essentially shuts down and losses its scents. When wine is aerated, molecules are stimulated , and the aromas and flavors come back to life. Decanting your wine allows you to smell the aromas and taste the flavors almost as sharply as they were when the wine was first bottled. When you aerate young red wine with a pitcher, the tannins are softened making it easier to drink. When new wine is aerated in a carafe, the tannins in it are softened, and it makes it smoother. Its advisable to let wine stay for about an hour before pouring it after putting it in a pitcher.
If red wine is a favorite for you and you take it regularly, using a decanter can be a good idea. It may not sound or even look as much but surely the increased oxygen exposure improves the taste and aromas that come out. True, a good wine pitcher is a must have for a wine specialist. It also can make a practical and beautiful gift to give a wine lover. Nevertheless, it makes a splendid addition to any crystal assemblage.