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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Seasoning a Carafe

When you have an expensive bottle of wine and you want to aerate or decant it for the guest, in other words pour the wine into a carafe, you should always season the carafe first.

Each time the carafe is used how you clean it can adversely affect the next wine you use it for. There could be some soap residue or even dust build up inside. So to season the carafe you take some house wine such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and pour a couple of ounces in the carafe. Then you spin the wine around so that it comes in contact with the bottom and sides of it. Then when pouring it out you spin the carafe slowly so the wine comes in contact with the thinner top part of the carafe as well.

Doing this gets rid of any soapy residue or dust inside the carafe. Seasoning the carafe this way ensures there will be no detriment to the expensive wine it will be used for. Thus you will avoid the taster saying something like the wine smells off.

This way the wine is protected.

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