Wine experts reveal their genius hacks

Whether it’s the ‘right’ way to swirl, the ultimate blend or the perfect pairing, wine fans all have their favourite ways of enjoying a tipple. 

But now a panel of some of Australia’s leading wine experts have revealed their tried and tested tricks for getting the most out of a drop. 

From stain removal methods to chilling tips, the group finally shared their best kept secrets at the Dan Murphy Decoded Wine Awards. 

A panel of some of Australia’s leading wine experts have revealed their tried and tested tricks for getting the most out of a drop. 

Use a vase as a decanter

If you don’t have a decanter, wine merchant Malisa Caroselli from Western Australia suggested using a simple vase to decant your wine. 

‘It’s all about creating surface space for oxygen to work its magic and open up the wine,’ she said.

Swirl your wine – but not your bubbles

Wine panel and head of auctions at Langton’s Tamara Grischy said it’s very important to swirl wine but not sparkling wine.

She said that swirling your glass before smelling and tasting the beverage ‘opens up the aromas’. 

‘However, avoid swirling your glass when drinking sparkling wine as you’ll shake the bubbles out,’ she said. 

Wine buyer Mark Samaha (pictured) recommended putting all wines in the fridge including full bodied red wine

Wine buyer Mark Samaha (pictured) recommended putting all wines in the fridge including full bodied red wine

Put ALL wines in the fridge

Wine buyer Mark Samaha recommends putting all wines in the fridge including full bodied red wine. 

He said they become much more refreshing and ‘evolve and change personality as the wine warms up in the glass, both aromatically and also flavour wise’.

‘The fridge is also the best way to store an opened bottle of wine: it helps slow down the oxidation of the wine, so you get to enjoy it for longer,’ he said.

Remove red wine stains with salt 

If you’ve ever spilt red wine on your favourite piece of clothing, then you know how hard it is to get the stain out.

But head of Fine Wine, Andrew Shedden said that salt is the secret to removing that tough stain.

‘First blot the stain with a piece of dry paper towel, then cover the stain in salt and let it sit for 45mins,’ he said.

‘Finally, press gently on the stain with a cloth soaked in boiling water and the stain is gone.’ 

The Australian experts shared their tips at Dan Murphy's Decoded Wine Awards on Wednesday night

The Australian experts shared their tips at Dan Murphy’s Decoded Wine Awards on Wednesday night

Expert Nick Rose (pictured) said if your bottle of wine is at room temperature and you want to chill it fast, wrap it in a paper towel and place it in your freezer

Expert Nick Rose (pictured) said if your bottle of wine is at room temperature and you want to chill it fast, wrap it in a paper towel and place it in your freezer

Keep an empty half bottle handy

Dan Murphy’s expert Gary Braidner has recommended keeping empty piccolos and half wine bottles with a screw top to store leftover wine. 

He said it’s important to fill smaller bottles to the rim to keep as much oxygen out as possible. 

Gary said: ‘Oxygen is wine’s biggest enemy, so by eliminating most of it, the wine will keep for weeks.’



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