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I love gadgets. And Aervana, which claims to be the first push button electric wine aerator, is a gadget. How does it compare with other aerators? Let’s take a look.
But first, what is an aerator and why might you want to use one? As we all know, wine comes in a bottle that is sealed. Often after opening a bottle and letting the wine breathe by maximizing the wine’s exposure to air, typically a red wine, the wine begins to open up and let its flavor profile soften out which improves the flavor characteristics of the wine. Not all wines will need this, but when one does, there are a few ways to expose it to more oxygen and give you the taste the winemaker intended.
One way to let the wine breathe is to simply pour it in a glass and let it sit. Just opening the bottle will not help because not enough air will get into the neck of the bottle. Swirling the wine glass with the wine will help, but it still may not be enough.
Another popular way is to use a decanter. There are many styles of decanters but the overall purpose again is to let the wine get exposed to oxygen and aerate it that way. Using a decanter though will require you to pour the wine into it and wait anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or more. Decanting also lets you remove any sediment that may be in the wine.
When you don’t have time to wait (who does?), that’s when a wine aerator comes into play. Aerators also come in a number of different styles, but the idea is to make the aeration process a lot faster. Usually it’s a simple case of pouring the wine through the aerator and the wine is exposed to oxygen much faster than decanting can do.
On to the Aervana wine aerator. As I stated, the Aervana is the first electric push button wine aerator. It also claims to be the first aerator designed to leave wine sediments in the bottom of the bottle during aeration, and to give a constant flow rate for a more precise pour.
Since this aerator is an electric aerator, it required inserting six AAA batteries (included) into the top of the aerator. Two plastic aeration tubes are provided (maybe if one breaks?) and you insert a tube into the body of the Aervana. Because I wanted to give a proper review, I read the entire instructions first. There aren’t that many so it didn’t take too long.
The first step said to clean the aerator before its first use by using the cleaning method described in the instructions. The cleaning method is very easy to do. You simply pour warm water into the now empty wine bottle, insert the Aervana back into the bottle, and run it for a few seconds. Hmm… This was the first time using the Aervana, so my wine bottle wasn’t empty! Fortunately we had an empty wine bottle in the recycle bin, so after cleaning that, pouring warm water into it, and using the Aervana with the water, it worked fine. We don’t often go through a bottle of wine per day and the instructions say not to store the wine with the aerator because it doesn’t seal well, so if you get an Aervana, make sure you keep an empty wine bottle around all the time to clean it. I did try using a large glass with water to see if that worked, but the instructions do say that the Aervana will only work when used in a sealed state.
Next was to choose a wine that would benefit from aeration. We selected a 2011 Crianza to use as our test. We first tasted it straight from the bottle and learned we made a great choice after tasting its chalkiness and strong tannins. We then inserted the Aervana in the bottle, positioned our wine glass, and simply pushed the button on top. A light lit up and out poured an aerated wine with the usual foaminess that comes with aeration which soon dissipates. Tasting the newly poured wine eliminated all that chalkiness and made a much softer wine.
We decided to try another wine and this time chose a Bending Branch Winery Texas Tannat. Doing the same comparison tests definitely showed the Aervana worked as described.
But wait, there’s more. I told you I loved gadgets and I had three more aerators to compare the Aervana against. We used the original Crianza and first tried the famous Vinturi aerator. While doing the comparison, we could not really tell a difference. The Vinturi was the first aerator I ever had and I discovered that a wine bottle aerator was much easier to use, easier to pour, and a lot cleaner to use too. So we then moved on to the Rabbit Aerating Pourer. After we did another comparison, the Rabbit just didn’t aerate as well as I got some of that chalkiness back in the taste. Finally, we used the VinOair wine aerator, my previous favorite wine aerator. Once again, we could not tell the difference between the Aervana aerated wine and the VinOair aerated wine.
Overall, the Aervana wine aerator did a wonderful job in aerating the wine compared to the other aerators we own. One thing the Aervana does have going for it is it is fun to use! It looks cool sitting on the bottle and pushing the button dispenses a nicely poured wine. The six AAA batteries used will aerate over 200 bottles of wine (750 ml).
The Aervana does say a benefit is to leave wine sediments in the bottom of the bottle. We can verify that fact with the two wines we used, primarily because the aeration tube is too short. The instructions warn that it could rest on top of the punt of the bottle and not work well, but we had just the opposite problem because it did not reach far enough into the bottle. After trying to tilt the bottle with the Aervana in every position we could think of, we were always left with a good amount of wine at the bottom of the bottle that we had to end up pouring from the bottle. Perhaps the second tube provided with the Aervana should be a little longer for those situations.
The price for an Aervana is $99.98 and if you’re into gadgets too or have a friend who needs a wine accessory gift, the Aervana would fit the bill.
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