It’s easier to toss a beer to your mate than to perfectly serve wine to guests. But there’s one thing serving wine will do for you - reinstate your level of detail as a host. Because wine demands that everything else served at the table from here on, be paired for perfection.
Step 1: Let’s Chill
Get hosting ready by keeping your wine at the right temperature. Red Wines: Keep your reds slightly below room temperature to maintain the finest of its flavour. Serve rich wines like Cabernet Sauvignon at higher temperatures than lighter ones like Pinot Noir. White Wines: White wines should be chilled between 7-14 degrees Celsius. Sparkling Wines: Put these in the freezer for an hour before serving, with ideal temperatures between 5-10 degrees Celsius.
Step 2: Open Sesame
Reach out for that corkscrew and do the twist. The winged and screwpull corkscrews guarantee success but the sommelier’s knife shows off your skill. If bits of cork land into your wine, just use a paper filter and strain the wine while pouring it into a decanter.
Step 3: Deep Breaths
Now let your wine breathe. After years of being cooped up, this helps dissipate bottle odours and softens the tannins. Young, tannic red wines, such as Red Zinfandel or Bordeaux need decanting too. For most, an hour should do except for a vintage port that needs 6-8 hours. Unlike reds, white wines don’t need decanting unless they are full-bodied and dry.
Step 4: Your Serve
‘Tis true - great-tasting wine can be ruined in the wrong glasses. Red wines need a large-bowled glass compared to whites, while sparkling wines need flute glass. The wide bowl allows easier swirling and aeration of the wine, making it taste smoother. The long, narrow flutes for sparkling wines help keep your bubbly... well, bubbly! For all wine glasses, the stem is integral for holding the glass without body temperature affecting the wine. Choose lead-free crystal with a 2mm thickness to taste the wine without too much interruption of the glass. (showcase the Shazé wine glasses visually with features shown)
Step 5: The Pour
Place your glass on a flat surface. Hold the decanter or bottle mouth an inch above the glass rim and pour confidently. Don’t hesitate. Wine etiquette dictates that the bottle’s label faces the guest as you pour – allowing them to read the wine's name. If it’s a decanter, then invest in one where you can write the wine details interestingly. Done pouring? Rotate the bottle upwards before you turn it upright again. Grip it with a napkin to help catch stray droplets. With a decanter that has an ergonomic mouth, it would save you the fuss.