How to best serve wine?
Before a bottle is opened, it is wise to stand it upright for several hours, or preferably overnight, to enable any sediment to settle to the bottom of the bottle. If the wine has thrown a heavy sediment, then you may wish to decant the wine. Natural sediments are quite harmless and occur especially with wines that are unfiltered or lightly filtered.
As to whether the bottle should be opened some time before drinking the wine, this depends on the wine itself.
Lighter fruity wines, like whites or lighter Beaujolais wines, do not really need time to breathe and the fruity aromas and flavour will be evident as soon as it is opened.
Older and heavier wines however, need some time to allow aeration of the wine before serving. We try to give an indication on wines which really benefit from opening time.
If you don't have time to allow the wine to breathe properly the process can be accelerated by decanting, using a decanter in which the wine is exposed to a larger surface area in which to come in contact with air.