How Long Should Wine Breathe

Nov 25th 2019

How Long Should Wine Breathe

By letting the wine breathe, the wine warms up and the aroma becomes more robust. Aside from that, the taste profile will soften and mellow out because the wine is dispersing into the air. While dispersing the overall characteristics and flavor of the wine should improve, allowing you to tell more about the wine from its taste.

Time to Breathe

Generally, red wines benefit the most from being allowed to breathe before they are served. Most wines improve from 15 to 20 minutes of aeration. The more recent the vintage, the more tannins it has, meaning that the it needs more time to breathe before it can be served. We recommend 30 to 40 minutes instead of the normal 15 to 20. Some people choose to have a taste as soon as the bottle is uncorked, then once they have to allowed the wine to breathe they taste it again to see the difference and how it improved.

Wines that were already more than 8 years old benefit more from decanting. Aeration would only provide a very small window of breathing opportunity prior the flavor profile deteriorating. I This is all supposed to be balanced with serving wine chilled.

How to Allow the Wine to Breathe

There are two options for you to allow wine to breathe: a wine glass decanter or a decanter. You can make use of a decanter, flower vase, orange juice jug, or any other item that has a broad opening on the top so you can effortlessly pour the wine into it. The increased shell area will be the key to permit more air to touch and mix with the wine.

What about the Wine Glass?

Just pouring the wine into the wine glass that allows it to breathe is definitely the low maintenance method. When pouring wine into glasses, make sure that you pour in the glass’ center with six to ten inches of distance from the bottle to the glass. This permits further aeration during pouring.

The recap: When it comes to wine aeration the more tannin’s that the wine has, the more time it will require to breathe. Lighter-bodied red wines or older vintages also have fewer tannins and require less time to breathe.