Posts Tagged ‘stemware’

Keeping Stemware Sparkling Clean

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Your stemware should be crystal clear. No one wants to drink from a glass with residue or old wine remnants in it. But how should you clean your stemware? By hand? In the dishwasher? Is one method better than the other?

Ultimately, the choice between dishwasher or by hand will depend upon your stemware. If it is expensive or high-end, then hand-washing may be the best choice because you can give each piece the attention it deserves to get it clean. But if your stemware is the everyday kind without a lot of fanfare, then it is acceptable to put it in your dishwasher after a night of sipping your favorite wine.

No matter what method you use to wash it, you will want a quality soap that doesn???t leave residue behind. If you hand-wash the glass, dry it immediately afterwards to avoid water spots. You should also be mindful if you have hard water as this can be the culprit to residue from dishwashers.

If you ever notice an odd taste with your wine, it may be from your glass and you should look into changing your washing method or finding a new soap. Try one that is more eco-friendly and doesn???t use chemicals to clean.

 

Choosing a Wine Decanter

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Decanters can help to improve the flavor of a wine by giving it a chance to blend with the air as well as give stems, seeds, and various pulp sediments a chance to settle so you don???t end up with any of it in your mouth. Most wines today don???t need much in the ways of decanting, but a wine decanter can also add a little something extra to your table by neatly matching with your stemware and adding a sense of occasion.

There are many different styles of decanters for you to choose from. Consider what you want in a decanter before making any sudden decisions. For example, decanters that are painted, etched, or cut in a way that prevents you from seeing the wine clearly may not be what you want. If you want to be able to see your wine and enjoy its rich hue, then you will want a clear glass decanter.

A wide-neck decanter will allow more air inside and aerate the wine more quickly than a thin-neck decanter. Sometimes it will depend on the wine as to how much aeration should be used ??? such as older wines that don???t need much exposure to oxygen. You should also hold the decanter you are considering in your hands to make sure it feels right. Remember ??? no matter what wine decanter you buy, never fill it to the brim!

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