Decanting & Storage
Decanting 101Keep bottle upright at room temperature half a day before.
Ideal storage of wine ranges between 55°- 65°F
- First, taste the wine.
- Decant the wine – decanting is for taking the sediment out & for aeration.
- Don’t decant too far ahead of time. Start tasting earlier than later.
- A 20-30 minute window is a good start. You want to enjoy the wine while it is just opening up.
- Taste the wine again – look for good aroma and good fruit.
- Decide if it needs to be aired out:
- If it’s ready, cap it!
- If it needs time, go back to it every 15 minutes and see how it is behaving.
- It needs time if, for any reason, you find it is tight or isn’t as expressive yet.
- Remember: wine will continue to breathe while it develops in the glass too! You’ll be surprised how quickly it develops.
- When the wine presents itself as such, cover it with glass lid/cellophane seal or serve.
- Enjoy in good health. Cheers!
Store it in the coolest, darkest place in your home. No light, no heat — as best you can.
- Remember, the thing that damages wine the most is extreme temperature fluctuation in short bits of time.
- You can put the wine in your fridge – by doing so you are slowing down the aging and development of the wine. This will not ruin the wine but it’s not optimal for the wine overtime!
Are there a couple droplets in the bag? Don’t be alarmed! Seepage is natural — while the bag creates a layer of protection as it travels, it also helps us catch and measure the amount of seepage, if any. The wine is alive and traveling stressed it out. Let is rest in a cool, dark place. Keep it upright as it acclimates and if you plan to store it, also keep it upright for a little while. Call us with any questions.
- Most common causes of seepage are overfill (doesn’t affect quality), extreme heat (we will never ship if it’s too hot) or a loose cork.
- We stick to provenance, our storage and our experience. We worry about these things so that you don’t have to.