December is a hectic time of the year. There is so much to remember, and so much to do, that I feel lucky if I achieve even half of my ambition. If you are wondering why we always travel away for the holidays? Wonder no more – it is to avoid all the hassle, preparations and buying of presents. Sitting in the sun is nice as well. But in case you are planning parties for the holidays, good that I just read about a few good tricks to have up your sleeve if preparations for wine have slipped your mind.
Forgot to open the bottle of red to breathe before serving? Decante it! You don’t even need a proper decanter, a normal water jug will do. Or if you don’t have a jug, you can take two wine glasses and pour the wine back and forth from one to another. Even a cheap wine will improve significantly after it has had some air.
I am a bit of a sucker for having wine properly cooled. A nice white wine can be a huge disappointment if served too warm. So what to do if you forgot to put the bottles in the fridge before the party and need a quick cooling? Take a bucket, fill it with water and ice, and some salt. The wine will cool down in a few minutes. Remember to take it out latest 15 min before serving though. Too cold the wine will fall short with flavor.
Last but not least, what to do if you don’t feel comfortable using your nice glassware at a party? At least I don’t really want to use the Zaltos unless I have guests who can appreciate them (and understand that one glass costs close to 40€ and willingly take the risk to use them). Nevertheless you want a nice wine experience, so buy some tulip shaped glasses from the supermarket (as thin as possible). The shape is perfect for getting the best aromas out of a wine, and it doesn’t matter that much if its proper cut glass or not. If one or two breaks its not that serious.
Ready, set, party!