Have you just bought an expensive bottle of wine and found that it didn’t taste as good to justify its’ price tag? Chances are, you didn’t give the wine enough time to “breath” or aerate. Doing so will improve its taste and is typically done using a decanter, but what if you don’t have one? How to aerate wine without a decanter, and is it even possible?
Now the good news is that you don’t need a decanter to aerate wine. There are other methods that you can turn to and obtain the same result. In this article, we go over a few of these methods and what to look out for.
Aerating wine using a blender
Among the simplest methods to aerate wine without the use of a decanter is to use a regular blender that you most likely already have at home. Before attempting it, though, you would want to check how long your wine has aged. A wine that is more than eight years old doesn’t need aeration at all. However, if your wine is only a few years old, then chances are that its’ slightly tannic and can benefit much from aeration before consumption.
As you may already know, tannin is the substance in wines that make them astringent. It is responsible for that silly sensation you feel when sipping on a wine with a substantial tannin base. In vintage wines, the latter is rarely a problem as the tannins break down the longer the wine ages. In younger wine, however, tannins can quickly overwhelm its’ natural flavor and aroma. Hence, aerating is highly recommended for a young wine with substantial tannin base, which is typical for full-bodied red wine.
So, the question remains — How to aerate wine without a decanter? Indeed you can use a regular blender as an alternative and process are relatively straightforward as you can see in the following steps:
1. Open your bottle of wine and pour into a blender. You may also utilize a food processor for as long as it has a blade attachment.
2. Seal the blender and set it to run on pulse-high for around 30 seconds. Doing so will force air into the wine and neutralize the tannins. Blending certain types of wine may cause foaming caused by air bubbles. This is normal and only shows that the wine is aerating so there is no reason to be concerned.
3. The wine is immediately ready to serve, and you can pour it into a glass for consumption. If you wish, you can use a funnel to pour the wine back to its’ original container for presentation before serving them to guests.
Aerating wine using pitchers
Don’t have access to a blender or a food processor? Perhaps you are nowhere near a power outlet at the moment? How to Aerate Wine Without a Decanter in such a situation? Well, you’d be happy to know that you’re not out of luck. All that you need is two empty pitchers.
When you think about, a decanter is simply a glass container to where you can pour the wine back and forth. Well, you can do the same thing with two pitchers. Ideally, you would want to use one that is made of glass and not too heavy for you to hold each using one hand.
There’s nothing to it really; start pouring the wine back and forth between the two pitchers. It won’t matter how fast or slow you do it, and the action alone is enough to aerate the wine. Do this for at least 15 times before serving to your guests.
Aerating wine using a wine glass
If all else fails, you can always use a wine glass to aerate your wine and preferably one that has a large bowl. Notice how wine glasses for red wine are bigger compared to that meant for white wine. This is to help with aerating the wine as it is poured unto the glass.
Consider the following steps for aerating using a wine glass:
1. You can start by pouring wine unto your glass and filling it up until the broadest section of the glass. Doing so will enable more of the wine to come in contact with the surrounding air as well as prevent accidental spillage.
2. When you pour the wine, try to position the bottle above 10 inches from the glass. Doing so will allow more air to mix with the wine as it flows into the glass.
3. Leave the wine to “breathe” for around 45 minutes. As a rule of thumb, younger wines will need more time to aerate. Young wines that are less than eight years old can take up to 6 hours to thoroughly ventilate while it takes less than 30 minutes for vintage ones.
4. Be careful not to let old wine sit and aerate for too long. Keep in mind that vintage wines tend to “peak” faster with certain brands of light-bodied red wines taking mere minutes to aerate (up to 20 minutes) thoroughly. Any longer will cause the wine to oxidate, leading to a dull taste and smell.
5. As you drink your wine from the glass, do some swirling motion and a few sips to savor the smell and flavor. In doing so, you are helping the wine aerate even further. This is perhaps the most straightforward solution on how to aerate wine without a Decanter.
So, there you have it — all you need to know about How to Aerate Wine Without a Decanter! As you may have already realized, you don’t need a decanter to aerate wine or any other fancy device. You can accomplish the same result with a few alternatives that you probably already have at home.
Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to have a specialized tool that would enable you to aerate wine almost instantly. One such tool is called a wine aerator and a must-have for any wine enthusiasts for many good reasons. For one thing, wine aerators enable you to quickly aerate a serving of wine in mere seconds and convenient enough to carry wherever you go.