I would like to share with you a nifty wine gadget that you might want to try. It is a wine aerator by Vino Aria.
I’ve been drinking wine for a better part of a decade, evenly spaced with a glass here and there. I’ve spread my wine love, having tasted rich California Zinfandels to beautiful Italian Chiantis. I managed all this without an aerator. Pop the cork, pour, drink, and enjoy. But there is always time for a change, and today was that day.
I started with a very simple experiment. Two glasses, my favorite bottle of wine, one glass poured directly from the bottle, the other using the aerator.
I was expecting to find that my favorite wine to taste exactly the same, but it didn’t! It tasted rounded, crisp, and was easy to drink. I’m not saying my favorite wine wasn’t good before, I just never imagined it could taste better.
The only drawback is the aerator does slow down the pouring process. Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing! I suppose this means I might have to slow down my drinking.
Why does it taste different?
Now, I had to do some research to find out why aeration makes such a difference with wine. It turns out to be very simple – expose the wine to air and the oxygen reacts with the wine, which affects its aroma and flavor. When wine is bottled and corked, it is done this way so oxygen cannot age the wine rapidly. That is why it is important to store your wine on its side so that the cork stays moist, therefore preventing the cork from shrinking and allowing oxygen into the bottle1.
Once the wine is uncorked and ready for consumption we want to “stir” in oxygen. According to Beppi Crosariol of the Globe and Mail “Oxygen can enhance a wine’s aroma and also, especially in the case of reds, soften astringent tannins”2. But a little reminder from Heather Boysen “this will not make the wine better if it isn’t good in the first place — it will only enhance the qualities it already has”3.
Not all wine enthusiasts are in agreement. According to Master Somms Larry O’Brien you can get the same aeration by pouring the entire bottle into a decanter4. The drawbacks are:
- you need to have a separate bottle or container for the wine and
- the entire bottle is aerated, which would be a problem if you just want to have one or two glasses.
In any case my verdict is that the aerator is a great wine gadget to have. It can enhance your lovely bottle of wine one glass at a time and it is easy to use without any spillage.
I had the opportunity to review the Vino Aria wine aerator for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review
For more information go to: http://www.myvinoaria.com