Until about 2 weeks ago I did not have strong feelings about wine aerators, or even decanting wine for that matter. Sure, young wines seemed to me to benefit a bit from “breathing” (exposure to oxygen). But were these “gadgets” or decanters really worth the trouble? I felt it wasn’t, and was content to vigorously swirl the wine in the glass, figuring this exposure to oxygen would be enough.
But I’ve recently been a little disappointed. I was supposed to be selling a wine, and the way most wines are sold is by providing tastes to the wine shop buyer. Upon opening the wine for the buyer I would taste as well – a practice to ensure that the wine is sound and “showing” properly. It wasn’t fun forcing a smile when the truth was that I felt the wine in question was tight, one dimensional and rather simple tasting. This wine had to have more going on I thought, but while tasting the wine we weren’t experiencing the possible depth.
I brought an open bottle of the aforementioned wine home and without much thought opened the wine up a few days later. I had transfered the wine to a half bottle, removing most of the oxygen, but it wasn’t completely free of oxygen & had enough exposure to effect the wine. And effect the wine it did! This closed, tight, one dimensional wine was gone…in its place a bright, fruit driven and delicious wine.
A few weeks later I was visiting friends (and doing business) up at the Wine Enthusiast headquarters. While there I decided to invest in a “Vinturi” wine aerator.
I used my new aerator with friends a few days later and I fell in love. What can I say…I’ve used it a bunch of times since and I truly believe that this device does what it claims. It helps the aromas to come through, the otherwise hidden fruit flavors are clearly apparent and both the tannins and acid seem softer, providing for a smoother mouthfeel and finish.
I have no business affiliation with Vinturi. I gain nothing by promoting this item. But I gotta tell you, if you have ever experienced a wine that was young and seemed tight, boring, one dimensional or otherwise not what you expected, maybe all you need is a Vinturi to experience the wine’s true potential.
Happy Vinturi Wine Tasting!