Should you let red wine breathe?

Planning a glass of red wine later today? This might just help you get the most from it...

It’s Friday, chums, and one or two of you may like to have a tipple to mark the coming of a weekend. And that inevitably means that the age-old question is going to rear its head somewhere: should you let red wine ‘breathe’ before you start glugging the stuff.

If you’re like us, and you’ve stocked up on a bottle in the Spar 2 for £9 offer, then truth be told chums, you could let it breathe for a million years and it’s still going to retain that particular Echo Falls-y taste.

However, this is apparently something to this red wine breathing stuff. The basic idea is that you open a bottle, and let it be exposed to the air, which in turn is argued to open up the flavours. It does depend on the wine in question, and if we were to provide specific advice for specific wines, we could be here all day.

If you are going to let your wine breathe, though, it’s recommended that you decant it into a vessel that exposes more of it to the air, rather than keeping it in the bottle. Furthermore, the older the wine, the less time it should be exposed before drinking it, as the aromas will drift away quicker.

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Wines under eight years old, therefore, it’s recommended to give them an hour or two of breathing time. More mature wines need, at best, 30 minutes. Very old wines, don’t bother. Echo Falls, or similar cheap shit from the corner shop? Just glug it down.

Happy Friday, chums.

Image: Quinn Dombrowski