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Maximilian Riedel, CEO of glassware company Riedel, believes every wine should be decanted — even Champagne.
For old wines, this is because sediment settles at the bottom of the bottle.
For new wines, decanting helps to naturally age the wine.
It doesn’t need to be done hours before — decanting your wine right before you drink it can still make a difference.

When it comes to wine, what you drink it from can be just as important as what you’re drinking.

From swapping a narrow Champagne flute for a tulip-shaped one to picking the right glass for your Bordeaux, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and pinot noir, there’s plenty to learn about the world of glassware.

But one thing many people don’t realise is that what you do before you drink it is also key to getting the most from your wine.

Maximilian Riedel, CEO of glassware company Riedel, told Business Insider that he believes every wine should be decanted before you drink it — even Champagne.

“I am a firm believer that every wine must be decanted,” he said. “When I say every wine, I truly mean sparkling and still.”

A family run Austrian company that was established in 1756, Riedel is one of the world’s most well-known producers of wine glasses — so Riedel himself knows a thing or two about what’s best for your bottle.

Decanting started with Champagne

He explained that the concept of decanting actually started with Champagne.

“Champagne is, thanks to the second fermentation through the yeast in the bottle, the ageing process, one of those wines that in the old times had to be decanted to split the wine from the yeast,” he said. With modern Champagne, however, it’s done with a machine.

“The yeast over time moves into the neck of the bottle. There it gets, nowadays, frozen, and you remove …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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