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As a server, you may find yourself needing to decant wine at the tableside. When this arises it’s imperative that you do it correctly, with professionalism and confidence.

Of course you won’t need to decant every time, but if you’re serving an aged bottle you’re going to want to leave its sediment at the bottom of the bottle, not in the guests’ glasses. Or if you’re serving a very new bottle, decanting will help aerate the wine to enhance its aromas and flavors.

Whatever the reason, learning this essential skill of wine service will equip you with the confidence to do it like a pro every time.

In this lesson, sommelier and wine educator Kristene King Thrall shows you how to decant wine correctly.

What you'll learn in the How to decant wine like a pro lesson

  • How to decant different types of wine
  • How wine is impacted by decanting
  • Which wines you shouldn’t decant and why

Who the Wine 101 for servers course is for

Servers and bartenders, take this online course to up your wine service game with tips from our star instructors!


Kristene King Thrall

Kristene King Thrall is a sommelier and Director of Training at Louie’s Wine Dive in Kansas City. As a wine educator, she is passionate about introducing diners to new and exciting brands.

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