This Nifty Gizmo Swirls and Spits for You – Well, Sort Of …

If you’re looking for a gift to give your wine-loving friends this holiday season, consider the Vinturi Wine Aerator.
This nifty little gizmo tries to do away with cellar aging, decanting,
“breathing” – all the curses of wine lovers who have trouble
planning ahead.

Here’s how it works: Just hold the Vinturi over your glass and pour
wine through it. The wine fizzes and gurgles with a sound not unlike
when you draw air through your teeth while swishing wine around your
mouth. The name of the device is a pun on the venturi effect, which
explains the flow of liquid through a constricted opening.
The idea behind aerating wine is to allow oxygen to soften the wine’s
harshness or tannin and allow the fruit to emerge. The most common way
of accomplishing this is to decant a wine and allow it to “breathe”
for a half-hour or more. The Vinturi accomplishes this in seconds.
Or does it? Well, I think so. I poured some wine into a
glass, then poured a second glass through the Vinturi. The second glass
tasted less tannic, more fruity than the first. It reminded me of the
last glass of a nice bottle, when the wine has begun to emerge and I
wish I hadn’t drunk it so fast. Of course, I knew which glass was
which. When I offered the same glasses to two other people who had not
seen me pour them, they could not tell the difference.
After trying the Vinturi several times, I believe it works.
There is a gimmicky quality to it that makes some people skeptical,
however. And the noise could be mistaken for a certain bodily function,
as my 7-year-old daughter noted. If that bothers you, just pour the
entire bottle through the Vinturi into a decanter.
One thing to keep in mind, though: It won’t make a bad wine good.
Vinturi Wine Aerator is available from Wine Enthusiast at www.wineenthusiast.com for $40.
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