A decanter, also used as a wine bottle, is a vessel used for drinking freshly fermented wine. Its function is to decant wine and make the wine contact with the air, so that the aroma of the wine is fully volatilized and the sediment in the wine is separated.
The decanter has many different shapes but has not obvious difference of its function. The main difference is the time of make the wine contact with the air.
If the lower part of the body is narrow, there is less contact with the air on the surface of the wine, so the time to wake up is slower than that of the normal shape, and is usually used in aged wine.
If the lower part of the body is quite wide and the surface in contact with the air is much larger, it greatly reduces the time to wake up, and usually used in the wine with a small number of years.
From ancient times to the present, decanter has evolved continuously, with a total of three generations of products.
The first generation of decanter is with the shape of sorrow top and wide bottom, which are the most common in the market. Red wine is poured into bottles at a height of about 1/5, so that the contact area between the water surface and the air is the most suitable.
The bottle mouth of the second generation decanter is open at the top of the side, and the shape of the bottle is made up of two triangles.
The third-generation decanter has the taste of art, similar to the first generation. The difference is that the bottom of the decanter is wider, with a maximum diameter of more than 20 centimeters, and a glass funnel at the mouth of the bottle for easy pouring into red wine.
The purpose of the evolution of decanter is to maximize the contact area between red wine and air, at the same time, it will not let the smell of wine slip away, and after removing the smell, it can retain the original taste of red wine and reach the highest level of wine tasting.
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