There are basically three options after you open a bottle of wine; Just Pour, Aerate or Decant.
1) Pour from bottle directly to glass. This is the most popular option and great for your everyday ready to drink wines. Wines you usually buy in the grocery store and common wines available on restaurant menus.
2) Aerating is the another option. This is used for young wines that may need to open up. Usually when wines are age worthy, meaning you can enjoy for a number of years after the vintage date the wine making style may include lots of tannin. When these high tannin wines are opened within the first 5 years of the vintage date aerating make be required to reduce the strong tannin impression. There are a few ways to aerate wine. Simply taking the cork out and leaving the bottle open will not work. My favorite method is Splash Decanting. Splash decanting is swiftly pouring wine into a decanter straight down ensuring that the wine hits the bottom of the decanter and splashes up around the edges. The splash effect ensures that the wine moves around a lot and maximizes the air contact with the wine. After the wine is poured in the decanter leave and let it stand for at least 45 minutes before serving. This method ensures that as much air as possible comes in contact with the wine thus aerating it. If you are pressed for time use a aerating pourer. There are many on the market and range in price from about$15 to $65 depending on the brand. My two favorites in the $20 price range are the Soiree and the Metrokane Rabbit.
3) Simple Decanting is an option reserved for older wines. In this method you slowly pour wine over a strainer to collect sediment that has formed in bottle. Never allow the wine to sit for more than 15 minutes. Contrary to popular beliefs older wines do not need time to breath. Older wines are gentle and should be consumed immediately after opening. Too much exposure to air can ruin your older wines.
Remember aerate young wines and slowly decant older wines!
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2013 9:15 AM
To: Tuanni Price
I am visiting Canada over the holiday and thought to bring a good California Wine. I’m thinking red. Would you happen to know something to bring and where to purchase?
From: Tuanni Price
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2013 9:22 AM
Subject: RE: Suggestion?
Definitely take Zinfadels, it's California’s wine. Like Malbec is to Argentina. Here are other suggested varietals that are Cali fav's with the best regions:
Syrah- or GSM blends- Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara, Los Olivos, Solvang)
Cabernet- Napa Valley
Zinfandel- Paso Robles and Napa Valley
Viognier (Vi-ohn-yay)- Santa Ynez
My favorite places to shop for wine:
Barsha- Manhattan Beach
K&L in Hollywood
Wine House- West LA
Let me know if you want to go wine shopping!!!
My night at Graycliff! Some things you do in life you have to be determined, excited and sometimes alone. On a recent trip to Nassau, Bahamas that is exactly how I felt about having dinner and wine at the Graycliff. The experience was simply amazing. I was so excited on the taxi ride there I barely noticed my surroundings. As we drove past the governor’s mansion I saw the entrance to this large historical looking home. I was quickly greeted and seated in the cocktail reception area. The first drink I ordered was a celebratory champagne cocktail. It was sparkling wine with grand marnier, orange juice and a splash of liquor. It was yummy!
The wine list was like reading a best seller from the NY Times top 5 list for me. Of course it included some of the best Bordeuax’s from France ranging in price from $60 a bottle to $20,000 a bottle.
Alex the sommelier who attended to me for the night was awesome and promised me a personal tour of the wine cellar after dinner. Alex also introduced me to “Rico” the owner. I had no idea that he was the owner when we met. A nice down to earth guy who knows his wine and his cigars. We chatted shortly about wine after he asked about the Rideau Mouvedre I gifted Alex. After he asked if the wine was made by an African American he very proudly told me that he carried Pinot Noir from Vision Cellars. Wow, I was in love.
In true Bahamian style I was seated for my 7:30 reservation at about 8:15pm. I enjoyed the wait. In the reception area a jazzy pianist/singer belted classic rat pack tunes like “Love me tender”. I was in good company. Across from me were two gentlemen who flew in town just for a Superbowl party, a large section with local politicians and lawyers. The energy in the room was amazing, vibrant, happy.
I was seated at a small table. I was excited and being alone did not bother me at all. I quickly found new friends as I usually do when wine is involved. Alex delivered a gift from the owner, a bottle of Barrandica-a Bordeaux style blend from Mendoza Argentina. It was a blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Malbec. I truly enjoyed the wine. It was fun, smooth, fruity very new world and not earthy as French Bordeux. I actually thought the major grape was Malbec when I first tasted it. It was not until I read the label and discovered only 10% Malbec. It paired well with the shrimp and duck salad I ordered.
After desert and sharing dessert , Alex finally grabbed me and took me on my private tour of the wine cellar.
I don’t know where to start. Never in my life have I been in a cellar filled with such a diverse and old wine collection. The oldest wine was a Riesling from Germany, 1942.
What an awesome night!
Tuanni Price, the owner of Zuri Wine Tasting. A wine Enthusiast and adventurer, loves everything about the wine experience