Wine: Preserving wine’s heart of glass

We’re all drinking at home these days, but that’s no reason to ditch the noble practice of decanting wine

1st November, 2020
Wine: Preserving wine’s heart of glass
The surface area of the decanter allows the wine to be exposed to more oxygen, enabling it to breathe and allowing its subtle nuances to come forth. Photo: Getty

In the infancy of my wine journey, I visited Michel Roux jr’s restaurant Le Gavroche in Mayfair in London, for what was then only my second Michelin-starred experience. After much deliberation over the Biblically long wine list, we settled on a very fine Moulin-à-Vent which, also being in our price range, satisfied no end.

The sommelier at the opposite table, with almost ninja-like delicacy, wheeled the trolley up beside the diners...

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