Thursday, November 19, 2009
Great little wine gadget
About a month ago, I became very frustrated with having to wait for a nice bottle of wine to open up in the decanter. I would decide to open something nice for my wife and me, and we would have to let it sit there for a half hour to breath before consuming. That put me on the hunt for a solution- and I found one. It is a nifty little gadget called the Vinturi Wine Aerator. It can be purchased for around $40, depending on the store. It also comes with a screen for older, sediment-filled, wines. It has two small ports on opposite sides from each other which draws in air as the wine passes through the opening in the bottom. The air is infused into the wine, so to speak, allowing the bouquet and subtle notes in the wine to present themselves much sooner than if you were to just let it aerate in a decanter. So, while this will only really save you an hour, it really wakes up the wine much faster. Some people believe that it can even add a few years of cellaring, or the maturity that a few years would bring to a wine. I am not sure that this is true, but it is certainly true that this aerator makes a difference in the wine. I challenge you to get a decent bottle of wine (after all there is nothing that you can do for some shitty wines) and have two glasses- painful I know. Pour about once to two ounces through the Vinturi and, in a separate glass, pour right from the bottle. I swear, you will be able to tell the difference.