Question: What is the “Avinage” technique?
Answer: Yes, this is a favourite wine process sometimes used by your scribe. It is old school method perhaps but very important to ensure a true authentic presentation of your wine. It means pouring a small amount of your opened wine bottle “avenir la carafe” into your decanter, then swirl around and into an empty glass to put aside. This similar “Avinage” technique can be used on your wine glass as well. All this is done before actually pouring the bottle contents into your decanter or wine glass for serving. An abundance of caution for sure but really helps in many cases where you are not sure the decanter or glass is perfectly clean and not affected by detergent, previous use, dust, water, cardboard storage, scented cabinets, etc. Remember this forgotten helpful aid and use it sometime.
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