Picking the right wine glass, pouring without spilling and improving the flavour of wine are all considered basics when serving wine.
A good wine glass will make any wine taste better. Through the years a lot of confusion has been caused over the different shapes and styles of wine glasses, especially when consumers were accustomed to using only one shape of wine glass,. Then an Austrian gentleman, Georg Riedell, started hosting glass tastings in the late 80s to prove first-hand that the shape of a wine glass really does make a difference.
No, this doesn’t mean you have to buy a whole new range for every varietal of wine you enjoy drinking, it simply suggests you find a wine glass that fits your drinking style (available at any Core Store) and make your wine taste better.
The temperature of wine also plays a very big role in how the wine tastes. I am sure you have all tasted how different your coffee or tea tastes at different temperatures. The same applies to wine. Red wine should be consumed at between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius, white and sparkling wines between 6 and 14 degrees Celsius.
Decant or not to decant, that is the question. Most red wines are more enjoyable if they are decanted. Ideally pour the wine into your preferred vessel (decanter) and allow it to sit for about 30 to 45 minutes. However, the quickest method would be to use an aerator, which decants the wine immediately. Almost no wine will be harmed by decanting it, not even sparkling wine, so why not?