We love wine. But wine aboard is usually not expensive well-aged wine – in fact, we’ve found that young inexpensive wines age much quicker with all the motion of the boat. Then my daughter discovered the Vinturi Wine Aerator which basically does the same thing as decanting the wine for about 30 minutes. The problem is, I never remember to decant the wine ahead of time. Enter the wine aerator, here’s the description from the manufacturer:
Easily and conveniently enhance the flavor, bouquet, and finish of any wine with Vinturi’s Essential Wine Aerator. Wine needs to breathe to allow it to open up, release its intended aromas, and of course, make it taste better. Vinturi’s patent-pending design speeds up this process by instantly aerating with ease and convenience in the time it takes to pour a glass of wine. Hold the aerator over a glass and pour wine through for instant aeration. It mixes the proper amount of air in the right amount of time. Made of acrylic, the aerator comes with a no-drip stand. It measures 6 inches high and 2 inches wide, and is safe to clean in the dishwasher.
Aly demonstrated the wine aerator for us in a blind taste test using an inexpensive bottle of Trader Joe’s cabernet sauvignon. She poured two small glasses for each of us – one is aerated, the other directly out of the bottle. After waiting for the ventilation bubbles to settle, she called us back in the dining room. Sure enough, each of us picked the correct aerated glass which surprised me. We could tell a subtle difference in the finish of the wine – it seems to take any harsh edge off leaving the wine with the flavor.