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Friday Tip|Inexpensive Wine Decanter

Friday tip is a little late!

Blame the origins of this particular installment; our friends S and J came by last night and at least one ninja may have had a bit too much cheer in her happiness to see them.  Too much to write a tip last night, at any rate.

We’ll try to make up for it with brevity and simplicity this week – today’s tip is all about doing something sophisticated for cheap (don’t you love that?).  Whenever we go visit my Dad, he always serves us red wine out of one of these:

Not exactly this decanter, but one pretty similar and quite fancy.  I’m not a wine expert in the least (unless being really good at opening the box and putting it on top of the fridge counts as expert), but using a decanter does seem to improve even the most affordable of wines.  So while I would normally be a little suspect of something so fancy-pants, even I get the benefits of decanting.  Maybe not with a high-priced crystal decanter, but I get it.

We were at S & J’s place a while back and, after handing us each a glass of wine, one of them said “you may wonder why the wine is in a flower vase.”  In truth, I wasn’t really wondering, I was just happy someone was giving me a glass of wine.  But I’m glad they explained, because it’s a neat trick.  Apparently they had read somewhere that wine can be decanted from an FTD flower delivery vase and improve just as much as though it were decanted from a fancy-schmancy crystal decanter.  You can see the similarity in shape.

So – want to try your hand at decanting your two buck Chuck?  Pull out one of those vases that your mother’s day/birthday/graduation/honey I’m sorry flowers came in that you’ve been storing in the back of the cupboard and give it a try.  Yes, it feels a little silly to pour your wine out of a flower vase – until you realize that you’ve just saved $50 on a decanter.

Hope that’s helpful!

Cheers.

3 Comments

  1. […] I buy it, I will definitely be opening it 30 minutes before drinking it, if not putting it in a decanter.  All the wines we’ve tasted in the past few weeks got remarkably better after sitting open […]

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