A good wine improves as it is exposed to oxygen in the glass after it is poured.

Since one is supposed to say a Berachah of HaTov VeHaMetiv if one drinks a better glass of wine than the first (ie., first of that meal, the one over which one recited HaGafen), does that mean that, if the same glass of wine noticeably improves after a few minutes of air, one should make this Berachah? What if it improves in the bottle or decanter between drinks?

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    I assume the answer is no, since it's the same wine/bottle, but I'm curious if anyone has dealt with this question seriously.
    – Seth J
    Mar 24, 2015 at 18:44
  • Can you give the source for saying Hatov v'Hametiv on a better glass of wine?
    – SAH
    Feb 26, 2018 at 3:13

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Since the glass or bottle of wine is on the table when the original beracha of "borei pri ha'gafen" was made, I don't see why one should consider making "hatov ve'ha'maytiv."

On a secondary note, I seriously doubt that anyone can notice a marked improvement in a glass of wine afte five minutes unless they talk themselves into it. I used to sell wine and experts tell me that leaving wine to breathe does very little to change the quality. They have measured the oxygen in the wine when first uncorked and after specific intervals and found insignificant chages in the levels.

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