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I have reviewed a number of wine aerators over the years ranging from decanter-style to in-the-bottle aerators that look like an electric pump to simply a smaller in-the-bottle manual aerator. With all the aerators I have tried, I keep a couple of aerators on hand based on how much aeration a particular wine may need. Most of the time a bottle does not need much aeration, so I usually go back to the VinOair wine aerator. It is simple and does a great job.
I recently saw an in-the-bottle wine aerator online that was similar to the VinOair. What intrigued me was the ability to be able to clean the middle of the aerator and also the aerator having a sloped neck. The price wasn’t that expensive on Amazon, so I purchased one to try.
The aerator came in a nice box and the only name I can find for the aerator is Wine Aerator Pourer, descriptive, but with no brand name. The only instructions are on the outside of the box, and since it described how to remove the splashguard, I tried that first because that was the first reason I wanted to try the aerator. I followed the instructions and tried to turn the plastic splash guard, but I had great difficulty.
All of a sudden, the bottom of the aerator that goes inside the bottle broke off. I tried to find a way to snap it back onto the aerator, but there wasn’t as it appeared to have a spot of glue to keep it attached. I tried to decide what to do and since it was fairly inexpensive, instead of returning the aerator, I decided to Super Glue the part back on. It worked.
But before I Super Glued the part back on the aerator, I wanted to make sure I could remove the splashguard. With some effort, I found how you had to manipulate the splashguard in order to get it to turn and then be removed. Once removed, I could see how it was very easy to clean the middle section of the aerator.
Now that the aerator was back intact, I tried a comparison between the Wine Aerator Pourer and my favorite VinOair. The first challenge was to see what wine we had in the wine fridge that would possibly need aerating. I decided on a Texas Tannat.
I used three glasses to compare the VinOair, the Wine Aerator Pourer, and then a control glass of unaerated wine.
Pouring the wine with the Wine Aerator Pourer was satisfying and I did like the larger collar of the aerator that covers the top of the bottleneck to avoid any possible leaks from the bottle. The angled spout also didn’t seem to require as much tipping of the bottle while pouring the wine.
How was the taste? First, the Texas Tannat was a good selection because I preferred both aerated wines over the unaerated wine. The Wine Aerator Pourer seemed to provide less aeration than the VinOair. For this particular wine though, I preferred the VinOair aerator.
Will I continue to use the Wine Aerator Pourer? It will depend on the wine as to how much aeration I want to use. Here are my favorite aerators now in order of how much aeration the wine may need: