Should you decant it or just serve it up straight out of the bottle?
Decanters not only look elegant but placing a wine in a decanter 'wakes up' the wine so that it reveals its full personality. Decanting either separates oxygenation of a young or tannic wine in order to release its aromas, or enables the liquid from the sediment for a vintage wine. Decanting also presents the wine or whisky in a glass or crystal receptacle which highlights the natural colours.
Berry Bros. & Rudd set out to find the most frequently asked questions about wine, before enlisting the expertise of their own team to answer them. Here their Wine Education Specialist, Anne McHale MW, explains why certain wine styles benefit from being decanted and the best way to go about it.
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Did you know that during the 18th century, when England was at war with France during the Napoleonic Wars, England imported young port wine from their Portuguese allies. When the wine was shipped, brandy was added to help keep it in good condition. This led to Britain's adoption of Port as their wine of choice.
The Claret Jug is the popular name of The Golf Champion Trophy, the winner's trophy in The Open Championship, one of the four major championships in the sport of golf. The awarding of The Claret Jug dates from 1872, when a new trophy was needed after Young Tom Morris had won the original Championship Belt outright in 1870 by winning the Championship three years in a row.
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