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Wine awakening: A drinker’s guide to decanting and aerating

In the world of wine connoisseurs and casual sippers, the great decant debate is ever-reoccurring.

The question of whether to decant, aerate or pour directly from bottle to glass has been a topic of contention among wine drinkers. Both essentially serve the same purpose, which is to expand the surface area of the wine, allowing more oxygen to interact with the liquid.  This softens the harsh tannins and opens up the aromatic profile of the wine.  The question really is when to use which method, and for what wines?  

In Wine, Wine 101, Decanting, Wine Expert, Wine Tips