It Is Important To Let Wine Breathe

As human beings, we need to breathe to live. The reason is rather obvious given our biology. In the world of food and drink, wine also needs to breathe although why is less clear to many people.

Before we get into the breathing concept, it is important to admit a few things. Wine has a culture all its own. It can be both geographic and class oriented. This element of haute culture can lead to a certain amount of intimidation when it comes to immersing yourself in the world of wine. Do not let it. The way to get around this intimidation is to educate yourself on why something is being done and how to do it. As soon as you do this with wine, the intimidation element disappears and you become a wine enthusiast yourself.

So, is letting wine breathe one of those wine snob moments, to wit, does it actually do anything for the wine? The answer is yes, it does. The technical term is aerating the wine. The reason it is important to aerate the wine has to do with the fact that wine will evolve when it interacts with the surrounding air. This interaction can greatly influence the flavor and even strength of the wine.

In general, aerating wine will mellow out the sharper edges of the flavor and taste. The air interacts with the tannin in the wine. It creates a pull back on the elements, but has the opposite effect on the aroma. The aroma will bloom during the aeration process, resulting in a clearer aroma that will highlight the various flavors of the wine. The merit of a wine, after all, is in both the smell and taste.

This is not to say all wines should be aerated. In general, red wines are the wine of choice because they are more tannin oriented. White wines usually do not need to be aerated at all, but there are some exceptions so make sure you find out any distinct elements of the wine you are drinking.

The time necessary to aerate a wine is also a factor that has to be considered. If the wine is already one that has a calmer taste and aroma, it needs only five minutes or so to aerate. A stronger wine, in turn, can need up to an hour to aerate. Again, make sure you have a feel for what you are drinking.

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