• I think this video is very has some usefule information.  I have never used a coaster for the cork, or a cradle.  I may start using a coaster for the cork depending on how much room I have at the table.  There was nothing in the video as to trouble shooting broken corks, or using any of the other opening tools.  The majority of people could have read this.

  • Unfortunately, there is not an easy answer and it depends on the wine. It could be 10 years or never depending on the wine. Generally, a wine with higher tannin will create more sediment (Cabernet, Nebbiolo, etc)

  • At what point would you consider handling a wine to prevent sediment from moving? 10 years, 15, 20??

  • - Yes, you can cover the label while you are decanting the bottle. The idea with decanting, especially old wines, is not to move the bottle from its original position. Grabbing the bottle overhand to decant is the only real way to have control over the angle and speed at which you pour, ensuring that you are not disturbing sediment. You are doing this in one single movement in front of the guest. Also, since you have already presented the bottle to the table in its cradle, the guests know what you are pouring. But notice he puts the bottle on the table with the label facing the guests again before he begins to pour the decanter around the table.

    There are always small exceptions to the big rules- such as twisting a bottle of champagne around while opening it, etc.

  • so you can cover the label with your hand in the meanwhile that you are pouring the wine into the decanter? is that correct?