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Concha y Toro 05/06/2015

7 Accessories To Taste Wine Like An Expert



There are many artifacts that have been created to make life easier for wine lovers. Here we feature seven basic elements that are indispensable and others that you might consider acquiring.

1 – Corkscrew:


The corkscrew is an essential element. True wine lovers should always have theirs at hand. It is true that there are wines with screw cap, but most are sealed with a cork.

There are: lever style, winged, even electric, but the most recommended is the waiter’s, for its size, simplicity and effectiveness.


2- Decanter


As you have seen in our Wine Blog, some wines need to “breathe” for a moment before being drunk, especially older vintages.

The decanter allows the wine to express both its flavor and body better. You just need to pour the wine into the decanter, move it a little bit and wait a few minutes. Remember to keep it clean and odor free.


3- Aerator


Fulfills the same function of the decanter, but in less time. It is placed on the bottle before serving so that the wine goes through a filter, oxygenating it just before reaching the glass.

There are different types of aerators: made of metal, plastic or glass, some with innovative designs and others that stand out for their simplicity and practicality.


4- Drip Stopper


It is very common for some drops of wine to slip down the bottle while serving, staining the label and the tablecloth.

To avoid this, there are drip stoppers, a kind of ring that is placed in the neck of the bottle to absorb those drops. Another type of drip stopper is one that is introduced into the “mouth” of the bottle, forming a channel through which the wine passes, preventing dripping.

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5- Glasses


Glasses are essential, not only to make a toast, but also to appreciate all the qualities of the wine. A good glass will allow the wine to oxygenate well and will also give the taster the possibility to observe and smell it better.

Another positive aspect is that, by holding the glass by the stem (the right way to do it) you avoid warming up the wine with the temperature of the hand. Important: When washing the glasses you must be careful not to leave residues of detergent, as this could ruin your wine.


6- Stoppers


When you open a bottle of wine, it is best to drink it all. However, if you need to continue drinking at another time, it is very important to seal the bottle well to maintain the quality of the wine.

Stoppers, most made of silicone, are meant for that. Of course, you can also use the same cork from the bottle, if it is in good condition.


7- Ice bucket


The easiest way to cool a sparkling or a white wine is putting it in an ice bucket with ice and water. It is very convenient when you are in a warm place; however, you must be careful and avoid the wine or sparkling wine from cooling too much.

For example, sparkling, rosé and late harvest should be at about 6°C or 8°C. Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling should be between 8°C and 10°C. Chardonnay as well, between 8°C and 10°C, depending on its time in barrel.