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Tartrates in your Wine Glass: Do They Matter?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 at 10:24:44 AM
by Josh F., Wine Enthusiast Companies

tartrates_sm.gifHave you ever taken a nice, white wine out of your cellar and as you reached the bottom of the bottle, noticed there were crystals floating in it? These are tartrate crystals. They are formed when the tartaric acid in your wine combines with the potassium (also found naturally in wine, another one of wine’s many health benefits) under very cold temperature conditions forming the salt, potassium bitartrate. If you’ve ever used cream of tartar in cooking or baking, it is the same substance pulverized into a powder. In fact, these crystals scrapped off of wine barrels are the source for the cream of tartar you buy in the supermarket. Tartrates can be found in red wines as well, but they are more often found mingling with the sediment, and are normally decanted out.

What a Difference a Decanter Makes

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at 5:49:31 PM
by Carol K., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Vivid DecanterPresenting wine in a stunning decanter offers aesthetic pleasure, but beyond the beauty, there is a greater reward. Better tasting wine. Letting your wine “breathe” softens harsh tannins and releases its full bouquet. Contrary to what you’ve seen, simply uncorking a bottle is not enough—the bottle opening is too small to let in a sufficient amount of air. Wine needs room to “stretch its legs.” Most wines ultimately benefit from the aromatic unfurling a good decanter provides.

What Exactly Are Those Decanter Stoppers For?

Monday, March 24th, 2008 at 12:22:57 PM
by Carol K., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Mille Fiori Decanter StopperEver attend a party and admire a decanter of wine topped with an elegant decanter stopper? As much as it is a luxurious display, it is also careful planning by your host to serve you perfectly aerated wine. Decanting and aerating wine is not an exact exercise in timing. Every wine is different. A mature wine may need only 15 to 30 minutes to breathe in a decanter, while a young, tannic wine may require a few hours. Once wine reaches its full taste potential, a decanter stopper can help prevent it from aerating too much, thus becoming spoiled.