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decanting? (wine newbie)

csh123 | Jan 15, 2014 08:49 PM

What is purpose of decanting, versus just letting wine sit in the glass to expose to oxygen? Wikipedia says
"...oenologist Émile Peynaud claiming that the prolonged exposure to oxygen actually diffuses and dissipates more aroma compounds than it stimulates, in contrast to the effects of the smaller scale exposure and immediate release that swirling the wine in a drinker's glass has.[1] In addition it has been reported that the process of decanting over a period of a few hours does not have the effect of softening tannins"

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