I received it a few months ago as a gift. A birthday gift. Wine drinking is not my passion, however I like, from time to time, to drink a glass or two.
And I was quite pleased by this gift as it looked very showy, attractive and sturdy. Frankly, I liked the aerator at first sight but didn’t expect much of it.
I can barely taste the difference between two kinds of wine (yes, I’m such a wine ignoramus)… so it would be ridiculous to expect that I’d be able to feel a difference between an aerated and non-aerated wine.
But I thought that it would be nice to try the aerator and to do it right off the bat, as soon as I received it. Could anyone think about a better occasion to try a wine accessory than at a birthday party, with all those people gathered around?
It was a good idea as everybody wanted to check for himself how this device worked. And whether it worked at all.
Aerator Vinturi – the first test (everybody tasted aerated wine and enjoyed it)
This was to be expected. Everyone tried a bit of aerated wine, nodded and said: “Yes, it’s much better”. It sounded too general to me. “What do you mean by this?” – I was asking every time. “The wine is much smoother” – the most common answer was. And “the flavor is enhanced” was the second most common answer.
One of the people simply said that he couldn’t believe that this small thing made such a difference to the wine’s taste.
After a while all the gathered people unanimously concluded that Vinturi was a fantastic gift.
Aerator Vinturi – astep forward: the blind test
But I suspected that all this praise could only be caused by the power of suggestion.
You know: people heard this characteristic, cultivating sound (the sound of sucking) while pouring the wine through the aerator into the glass… and their thought path could be just like this: if it sucks, it means that it works… if it works, it means that the wine has to taste better… so I’d better loudly express my approval to be seen as a wine connoisseur (hardly anyone can honestly admit – just like me – that he doesn’t know wine).
This was the reason I decided to give the Vinturi Aerator a second try and submit it to a more viable test.
A blind test.
Simple rules. The wine taster has their eyes obscured with a blindfold. And with such obscured eyes he or she gets two glasses: one with a wine poured through the Vinturi aerator, the second with a wine poured directly from the bottle.
The person is to take a few sips of wine and decide from which glass the wine tastes better.
I have to say – we had all a lot of fun. But to make a long story short, almost everyone indicated that the aerated wine was the more flavored and more tasty wine even with covered eyes.
And yes. Even me. Although I still don’t consider myself a wine expert, I could feel the difference.
(Only one friend couldn’t decide which wine was better. But for as long as I have known her, she has had a problem with every choice. Especially with her choice of boyfriend. For that reason she changes boyfriends very often, to sample everyone, and to finally make a reasonable decision…)
But – back to the topic – no one said that the wine directly from the bottle was better. On this birthday evening the aerated wine poured through the Vinturi aerator was a winner in every case. (What really surprised me was when I was organizing over the following weeks a few more blind tests for even more fun, and these times the results varied: from time to time someone appeared, who liked the non-aerated wine more. It wasn’t frequent, but it happened.)
Vinturi’s wine aerator – no more decanters, no more wasted time, no more waiting.
The aerator is made of acrylic and is equipped with a drip preventing stand. A very elegant set.
To use it, it’s necessary to hold it over the glass and pour the wine through it. The aeration occurs during the pouring.
The secret of its effectiveness – as the producer claims – lies in the aerator’s ability to draw and mix “the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, allowing your wine to breathe instantly”.
There’s no need to wait as is the case with decanters. You’ve poured the wine into the glass and you can drink it immediately.
The time savings and the comfort of use are incredible. You don’t have to plan hours ahead that you’ll be drinking a half glass of wine…
Of course, you may even use it together with decanter as well, but there is no need, really.
I’m now using it every time when I drink a wine. It’s handy. It’s something that makes my life a little better, much more easy and simple. It proves that wine drinking doesn’t have to be a complicated activity.
And I think that since it was a great gift for me, a wine novice, it may be even a better gift for a real wine enthusiast who would know how to even better appreciate it.
I now know that there are even people who split their wine adventures into two periods: before Vinturi and after it. Maybe it’s a little exaggeration, but there is some truth to it.
And – as I said earlier – it looks great, is elegant and you won’t be ashamed to offer it.