Decanting wine is a process that allows you to enjoy the flavor and aroma of your favorite wines. However, many people have found that they are still drinking their wines too soon. Is this because they don’t have a stopper? Stoppers are designed to cover the opening of a bottle for an extended period of time.
They can be made from different materials like cork, rubber, plastic, metal, or glass. The majority of stoppers today are made from silicone which has shown to be non-toxic and resilient against air and liquids. Here, are some things to consider when choosing a decanter and stopper.
What is a decanter?
A decanter is an appliance that holds wine between two or more glass vessels. You can use a regular wine glass or an extra-large wine glass. Decanting, as I’m sure you know, is a process that allows you to enjoy the flavor of your favorite wines.
You can use the same container as you normally would for normal wine or decant the wine into a different vessel. There are several reasons for doing this: Wine and Cognac is best enjoyed chilled. The flavors are deeper and richer when decanted into a smaller vessel, such as a wine glass.
You want to be able to have access to a decanter whenever you want, rather than only in the morning. You want to be able to enjoy a decanter and a small bottle of wine without worrying about them clanking around or smashing.
Why do you need a stopper for your wine?
Before you decide to add a stopper to your wine decanter, you should know why you need one. For starters, it has been shown that a stopper will make your wine last longer. For instance, once it gets to the firming stage the pressure will increase to the point where it will explode.
It is this pressure that stops the wine from being diluted as the stopper in your wine decanter helps prevent the pressure from rising. This, in turn, keeps the wine fresher for longer. If you have a cork stopper in your decanter, you could see the initial pressure increase occur and then the cork will pop out.
This means you would lose half of your wine due to air getting in between the stopper and the cork.
How might a decanter help you drink less wine?
Decanting wine allows for slow aeration. This aeration has a positive impact on the overall taste of wine and the potential to absorb more flavor. It can be beneficial to the wine if you enjoy drinking your wine slowly because slower drinking times can decrease your total consumption.
How might a stopper help you drink more wine?
Wine stoppers are often helpful when you don’t want to slow down your wine drinking because you just want to pour more wine into your glass. Stopping aeration for long periods can result in your wine tasting flat. Stopping aeration also encourages the oxidation of your wine, which can lead to your wine tasting oxidized.
How do stoppers compare to decanters? Decanting wine has many benefits. It makes sense to decant your wine to take advantage of these benefits.
What are the materials used to make stoppers?
Most stoppers on the market are made of plastic. However, metal is also an option, as is glass. Although both metals and plastic have been used for centuries, glass is the current choice for stoppers because it is highly resistant to oils and liquids. Plastic is more expensive, but can be less damaging.
What sort of material makes a wine stopper quiet?
Silicone is a newer material and does not make any sort of sound during decanting. It absorbs noise and makes the opening of the bottle quiet. Some wine stoppers are quiet even without the silicone. These are called silent stoppers.
It is important to know what type of stopper you are using for the rest of your decanting. A stomacher, for instance, can make some noise when opened while a thin stopper will be very quiet.
What size of bottle do I need?
If you are only looking to decant a few ounces, a wine stopper that fits the best in the opening of the bottle will do. But if you are going to decant your favorite wine, then you need something bigger. A decanter with a larger opening will allow you to easily remove the bottle from the decanter so that you can drink the wine.
Will the stopper stick out of the bottle?
If you are trying to avoid the opening of your wine bottle during the process, then a stopper that is extremely tall and can’t fit in the bottle might be a problem. Some stoppers are designed to hold in place, and therefore will stand on their own when there is not enough wine in the bottle.
Are there alternatives to using a stopper for my wine?
The majority of decanters today are made from silicone. The Silicone Wine Decanter shown below is currently available on Amazon for $10. Why should I use a silicone stopper? Silicone is inexpensive and non-toxic. Silicone is a gel that flows freely when you apply pressure to it.
Silicone stays in place for extended periods of time and is hygienic. Silicone has shown to be very resistant to air and liquids making it a suitable choice for everyday use for your wine.
Silicone can be applied to the bottle or stopper but cannot be applied to the container. If you use your decanter for decorative purposes, it is possible to pour your wine without using a stopper.
Investing in a decanter or stopper should be your first step to enjoying a wide variety of wines. It’s important to first find the best wine decanter for your needs and choose a stopper based on what you have in the house. Once you get comfortable with a decanter and stopper combination, you can branch out and test more wine decanters and stoppers. Decanters and stoppers can be an affordable way to expand your wine collection.