What is a Wine Aerator?
It sounds like it might be some expensive, hard-to-use accessory, but it’s really not. A wine aerator helps mix air into the wine as it flows through or over the device, increasing the wine’s exposure to oxygen and causing aeration. Wine which has been allowed to breathe tastes better….and that is what a wine aerator accomplishes very quickly.
Traditionally, wine decanters have been used to aerate wine. However, decanting wine is time consuming, cumbersome, and inconvenient.
I’ll be honest and admit that I had never used a wine aerator until I was contacted by Vinturi to try out one of theirs aerators. If I was drinking an inexpensive bottle of wine I didn’t even bother letting it breath. For a “good” bottle of wine, I’d bust out the decanter I got for our wedding and use that.
The problem with decanting is you still should let it sit for a bit before drinking it. Wine aerators get rid of the waiting. They offer an alternative to swirling, traditional decanting, and waiting for wine to breathe.
Wine needs to breathe because as it breathes, it opens up and releases its intended aromas and flavors. The Vinturi Red Wine Aerator delivers perfect aeration literally in the time it takes to pour a glass.
I tried out the red wine aerator on Thanksgiving. You simply hold it over a wine glass or decanter and pour wine in from the bottle. You’ll notice in immediate difference in the taste of the wine…I did a taste test.
First I poured a sip from the bottle directly into the glass and sipped it. Then I poured another sip through the aerator and tasted it from the glass again. The flavors were enhanced and there was a definite smoother finish! I was impressed!
I was so skeptical that the aerator would make that big of a difference, and was pleasantly surprised to find out it made more than just a difference – it made for a better bottle of wine.
I’ve covered a few other basic wine questions like:
What Are Tannins?
How Long Does An Open Bottle Of Wine Stay Good For?
What Does Corked Wine Mean?
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Disclaimer: I received a wine aerator to help facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.