How to Serve Wine
While it may seem a trivial thing, serving wine correctly can add enjoyment to any occasion from a casual get-together with friends to a more formal dinner party. Here are some helpful tips you should know about preparing, serving and pouring wine, and types of wine glasses suitable for the wines served.
Wine Serving Temperatures
The temperature at which a wine is served has an immense impact on its taste. Serving wine cool will mask some imperfections - good for young or inexpensive wines?while a warmer wine temperature allows expression of the wine?s characteristics?best with an older or more expensive wine.
Decanting is pouring wine into another vessel before serving. Decanting is typically only necessary for older wines or Ports, which contain sediment that can add bitterness to the wine. Wine decanters allow the wine to breathe and may improve the flavor of older red wines. Younger wines also benefit from the aeration and rest that decanting provides. But a wine decanter can also be used simply for aesthetic reasons.
Still wines should be poured towards the centre of the glass, while sparkling wines should be poured against the side to preserve bubbles. To control drips, twist the bottle slightly as you tilt it upright.
As important as wine serving temperatures is the type of wine glasses in which wines are served. The shape of a wine glass can impact the taste of the wine, and for this reason different types of wine are served in different glasses.