Decanting Perfection: How and When to Decant Wine

The yips are by no means confined to the throwing of a baseball.  They manifest in all arenas where people feel the weight of opportunity, be it in sports, art, writing, or even wine.  With wine, the repercussions may be less significant, but thinking too much can undermine what should otherwise be a simple pleasure.  One such point of potential paralysis is the quest for the perfect pairing.  Another area of fixation that can trip up those looking to maximize their enjoyment of wine is the question of whether to decant.

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The Myth of the Sophisticated Palate: The Dubious Skill of Tasting Wine Blind

On TV, wine is often used as a prop to show sophistication.  Everyone has seen some form of the scene where, in an effort to impress, a character sniffs a glass and says “Cabernet Sauvignon, from Bordeaux...Pauillac...Chateau Lafite, and it’s from 1974...no ‘75.  You can smell the effect of the rains that arrived just before harvest.”  Then the bottle is revealed and, what do you know?  Nailed it.  

This is complete nonsense.

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