Steal These Sommelier Hacks

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By Carson Demmond, Ray Isle Posted September 14, 2016

Want your 
open bottles to last longer? 
Don’t feel like getting spendy 
on a decanter? 
Here’s how 
the pros roll.

Save a wine's life.

Chicago-based Master Sommelier Alpana Singh pours leftover wine into small Snapple or Perrier bottles. “Less surface area means less exposure to air, which helps to preserve wines a day or two longer,” she says.

Kick the bucket. 

When guests order oysters, Andy Myers, wine director for chef José Andrés’s restaurants, skips the ice bucket and nestles 
the wine bottle right into the crushed ice they’re served on.

Skip the crystal. 

The reason to decant wine is to expose it to air, not to give 
it a style upgrade. When sommeliers don’t feel like splurging on cut crystal, they turn to everything from Mason 
jars and flower vases to Chemex coffeemakers, seen here.


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