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Jan 18, 2009 05:18 PM

Wine aerator(sp?)

I was just at a party where they were serving wine. the host had a glass aerator for a single glass of wine, that they just poured through. Has anyone tried it, know about it, is it worth buying?

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    1. One of these types of devices is called a Vinturi. I have one myself. Construction-wise, it is very high quality. I guess I don't have a golden nose or palate because when I compared the same wine with and without one, I detected no difference. I wrote about my experience in my wine blog and got a really nasty comment post from someone that I thought was using a fake name. Then someone else told me that this guy who left the comment was the inventor of the Vinturi. Anyway, I still find no difference between that and swirling the wine, but my brother in law who has a much more expensive collection of wine than I do swears by it and says he and his friends can definitely detect a difference when using the device. Even if you don't detect a difference, the thing looks really good and is a great conversation starter!

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      1. re: monkuboy

        I've used it a bit and do find differences, though you are not alone in your opinion. The product introduces oxygen into the wine at a rapid pace which, in my opinion, opens up young wines very nicely and gives them a better mouthfeel when drunk. I've also used it on older wines (including a very expensive Vega Sicilia Unico, I believe an 01) and feel that while mouthfeel and suppleness increased somewhat, the flavor and character of the wine was stripped by such violent action. If you mostly drink young, more inexpensive wines (reds and whites) it's worth consideration.

        Edit: Carswell's thread is fairly new and will show you our own thoughts in more detail.

        1. re: Icantread

          We received one as a gift recently. IMO, it does change the taste.

          So far I have only tried it on young wines that I do like to drink young (some California zinfandels). What I've done so far is open the wine, pour a taste, smell, try a taste unswirled, then swirled. Next taste use the Vinturi. So far, I have preferred the taste NOT using the Vinturi, while my SO preferred the taste using the Vinturi.

          What I haven't tried it with, is a wine that is young and less balanced than the ones we have opened so far. I'm sure the occasion will happen fairly soon, and I'm curious to see what happens then.

          1. re: souvenir

            Interesting, I used the product the same day I posted here on a young, low end cabernet and found that it unbalanced the wine. I am not so big a fan of cabernet as most people, mainly due to strong peppery notes. This wine is fairly good and ready to drink out of the bottle, but the Vinturi enhanced the focus on those very notes I dislike in Cabernet. I put it right back away.

            Typically, I'll taste the wine without, then areate a similar amount and decide.

        2. re: monkuboy

          I've done a few blind tastings with friends using the Vinturi. Maybe it's our nose and/or palate but we agree it doesn't make a bit of difference. As an aerator, it's a waste of $35. As a conversation piece, it's great.

          1. re: pabboy

            Well expect to get some vile, nasty comments from its inventor, haha..

          1. re: paprkutr

            This is a gadget my SIL has, and we call it the wine bong. It sounds like a water bong in use. My favorite is the stain it leaves everywhere you set it. Worse than an oversized decanter- have you ever successfully used a decanter without spilling it, or having a large drip run down the side?

            Sometimes I jus want to say- "drink the wine damnit- stop fiddling with it already!"

            Glad to hear you like yours.

              1. re: JalamaMama

                JalanaMama, I'm pretty sure the device that looks like a water bong is different from the one paperkutr is talking about. The ones I've seen (that look like bongs) are from Italy and are essentially glass globes with atubular end inserted into the top of a wine bottle. The wine goes into the globe (like into a mini-decanter) on it's way to the glass.

                This is the Vinturi:

                It works on the Venturi principle of physics (like an auto carburetor), where air is sucked in through channels cut into the glass as the wine passes through the device. The wine comes out full of bubbles.

                In my use of it I found that it DOES change some wines and not others. Unlike some here, I've found it mostly seems to soften hard edges of taste and help 'open up' tight or young wines. With some wines it seems to do nothing at all. With the huge variance in the taste sensitivity of people, it's not unusual to find many for whom it does nothing at all.

                1. re: Midlife

                  Your comments about softening the hard edges are spot on.

            1. tried it again this weekend on some whites. The most notable difference was an almost-earthy Eastern European Sauvignon Blanc. The vinturi brought the fruit flavor to the forefront. I received one comment that the person thought it was two different styles of sauvignon blanc.