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Tips from the Vineyard

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Posted on December 21, 2018

Now is the time of year when wine flows a bit more liberally and corks pop with abandon. We’re always happy to answer your specific questions, and wanted to share our thoughts on two questions we’ve heard frequently in our Tasting Room recently.

When should I decant and why?

Decanting offers two main benefits – it ensures engagement with oxygen and it helps remove wine from its sediment for wines if they are older. For most of us, the first benefit applies most as we’re more likely to be opening age worthy wines, such as Early Mountain RISE or Eluvium, without giving them the benefit of years in the cellar. Decanting these bold reds is a shortcut for the development that happens with time – it simulates about 1 year in the cellar for every hour decanted prior to service. And we absolutely love the ceremony of pouring from a beautiful decanter.

Don’t have a decanter? Any pitcher or clean glass vessel will work, and you can pour back into the bottle.

How much wine should I buy for my party?

General rule of thumb is that there are 6-8 glasses in each bottle of sparkling and 4-5 glasses in each bottle of red/white, so you can make your own assumptions based on length of party and drinking enthusiasm of your friends. Not into math? We love VinePair’s wine calculator. It assumes some heavy drinking friends, so dial back if your guests are more restrained… or just have some extra bottles for yourself at the end of the night!