“Thirty minutes in your reserved table, you deeply ponder what to get. Waving your hand to call their attention, you finally decided on a bottle of your choice. It is one of the vintages you have yet to taste. Excited. You take a sip. The first taste seems unexpressive”


Sounds like a typical encounter with wine that is not yet ready for drinking. Perhaps decanting it would do the trick.

Decanting can be considered as one of the mysteries in wine drinking. In fact, there are a few discussions on whether decanting should be done. Some would say that this is just a spectacle or a way to entertain guests with fancy-looking vessels. After all, to decant a wine is just to transfer it from the bottle to another container. But, is this all that there is about decanting wines? Others tend to argue.


To decant or not to decant.


Basically, decanting a wine is done primarily for two reasons.


The first reason is to keep the sediments away from the clear wine. Wines have sediment which is more evident in red wines, particularly older and Vintage Ports. Red wines always produce sediments as it ages due to tannins, colour pigments, and other solid matter that gradually falls on the bottom of the bottle. While there is no harm in drinking sediments it is not wise to stir it up thinking it will dissolve. For one, stirring will probably leave a gritty texture and somewhat add bitterness to the wine. Also, mixing the sediments will create a cloud-like appearance altering the beauty of the wine. 


Now, the second reason why decanting is done is to allow the wine to breathe (or aerate). It also brings out the zest, softness, and the liveliness of the flavour and taste of wine. The concept has raised some sort of concern. Other wine drinkers think that there is a possibility of introducing too much oxygen that could make the wine oxidised. In addition, there is a notion that doing this will speed up the fading of the wine’s flavour.


While there are wine enthusiasts who feel that the authenticity of experiencing wine is being altered, as the thrill of experiencing in full how to taste wine is irreplaceable; others think decanting gives an added boost of oxygen that will give extra taste and life to the wine.


Although there are people who do not want to decant wines due to various reasons there is no doubt - its pros outweigh the cons. Decanting wine is actually easy. And aside from the other benefits mentioned, decanting helps to remove traces of offbeat flavours; adjust the tannins to make it complementary to the wine flavour, and helps in drinking too young wines (in case it was mistakenly opened).


iSommelier Pro: The Smart Decanter

There are different kinds of a decanter, but here at Bidvino, only the best will do. And one of the best things to ever happen with decanting wines comes in the form of iSommelier Pro.


iSommelier Pro is iFAVINE’s answer to decanting wine in minutes. iFAVINE is a multinational company aiming to change the wine industry by building the largest wine professional platform. The company is also involved in developing services and products to revolutionise the pleasure of wine drinking.


Using smart and sophisticated technology, decanting wine has never been so effortless. In an elegant all-black colour, iSommelier has its molecular air filtration system installed that generates 90% oxygen than your average decanter. Equipped with a modern design, it uses sleek touch buttons to start, pause, stop or set the decanting process. What’s more interesting is that the iSommelier Pro has the capacity to remove moisture and air pollutants making sure to preserve all the complex flavours and aroma of the wine. Plus, owning an iSommelier Pro means you are connected to a vast wine knowledge and professional tips with the iFAVINE Network.


No other decanter does it so elegantly and efficiently as the iSommelier Pro.

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