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Besides writing about Texas wine and vineyards, and doing both Texas and non-Texas wine reviews, we also have done wine reviews on wine accessories to help you determine what you might want to buy for home. One set of accessories we have reviewed are wine aerators.
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 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.
A popular way to do this is to use a decanter. Using a decanter though will require you to pour the wine into it and wait anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or more.
When you don’t have time to wait for a decanter to do its magic, that’s when a wine aerator helps. Aerators 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.
There are different types of aerators and we have reviewed different styles. One popular style is one where you pour the wine through the aerator into a glass, and as the wine is poured, it is aerated. The Vinturi aerator was an early popular version of this type of aerator.
Another style makes the aeration process easier as it involves inserting the aerator into the neck of the wine bottle. We have reviewed a few of these such as the TRIbella wine aerator that can be bought on Amazon, a Rabbit aerating pourer, and a VinOair wine aerator.
A new aerator is now available called the Menu Wine Breather. This is a combination of a decanter and an aerator. The user pours the wine into the decanter and then pours it from the decanter back into the wine bottle. While pouring into the different containers, the wine is also aerated. I have a few friends who have this decanter and enjoy using it. It can also be bought on Amazon.
A unique aerator we reviewed is called the Optiwine. This uses an unusual method of having 16 sides on the aerator with the goal of each one being essential for the harmonious redistribution of the optimum quantity of oxygen. You’ll need to read our review to understand the entire process.
If you want to spend a little more and love gadgets, electric wine aerators are available that do a great job aerating wine too. One is the Aervana and our review even has a video showing it in use. Another electric aerator is the Waerator: Instant Wine Aerator. Both aerators are similar with a few differences between the two, and we detailed those in the review for the Waerator.
A wine aerator definitely does come in handy when the need arises, and hopefully we have helped you determine which aerator is the right one for you.