Airing out the house

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At a friend’s place recently, a guest in from the States studied me as I repeatedly swirled and then sniffed the rich red wine that had just been poured into my glass. A wine novice but interested in learning more, she asked why. I explained that airing a glass of wine is much akin to airing out a house. Think about the last time you went into a country cabin or rented a vacation home. One of the first things most people do is to open the windows and doors to get the air flowing, thereby eliminating any musty odours. Many wines react in a similar fashion. The exposure to oxygen allows the wine to open up and to fully reveal its bouquet. There is certainly some debate around this and I wouldn’t recommend long aeration for most wines (particularly whites or rosés), but some heavier reds definitely benefit from decanting or at least a lot of swirling in the glass. Here are a few of my current favourites:

Domaine Palon – Gigondas

Domaine de Ravanès – Le Prime Verd

Domaine Mathieu – Vin di Felibre, Chateauneuf du Pape

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