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Snooth User: TKINSD

Red Wine Aerators

Posted by TKINSD, Dec 5, 2009.

I'm going to be purchasing an aerator as a gift and wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a good one. I'd love to hear both trials and success stories with these!

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Reply by gregt, Dec 5, 2009.

In theory, those are good ideas.

In practice, they are good ideas, in theory.

For a gift though, why not.

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Reply by John Andrews, Dec 6, 2009.

I've hear that Vinturi areators are very good. Wine Enthusiast as a great selection. Personally, I like this setup:

http://www.wineenthusiast.com/vintu...

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Reply by VegasOenophile, Dec 6, 2009.

I have the Vintnuri one. Makes some crazy noises, but it works pretty well. I got mine as a gift, whereas I'd pour through a filtered decanter in the past. Both serve their purpose if you're drinking something that needs help opening up.

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Reply by chadrich, Dec 7, 2009.

I also received a Vinturi as a gift. You can find more details in a previous post I made, but in a nutshell, a non-scientific study among friends found that it improved most all wines we poured thru it. For $40 +/- I'd say it's a worthwhile investment.

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Reply by John Andrews, Dec 7, 2009.

Looks like Wine Enthusiast has the item I listed above on sale this week too! No, I don't get a cut. :-)

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Reply by TKINSD, Dec 7, 2009.

Thanks everybody! I see the Vinturi model on the link posted by HondaJohn and it comes with or without the tower/stand. Reading some reviews it says it can be "awkward" to use.
@ VegasOenophile and chadrich, do either of you use the tower or feel it's awkward using it without one? Just wondering if it's worth having a 12" high tower sitting around to perhaps make it more stable.

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Reply by chadrich, Dec 8, 2009.

I don't have the tower and don't have any trouble using the device without it. Just tilt it to an angle and check that one of the two vent holes isn't pointing straight down (drip potential) and away you go. The little rubber base is important once you're done as it holds it upright when not in use and gives the couple of residual drops a place to go; but I'm pretty sure that comes standard with the product.

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Reply by bropaul, Dec 9, 2009.

I gave friends an aerator called "Soiree" that I bought locally at a place called Gary's Wine Marketplace. I'm not sure how they have liked it. They have an on-line store,too.

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Reply by kylewolf, Dec 9, 2009.

not to hijack the thread, but I was curious that, while we were on the topic of wine tools, has anyone used one of those magnet neck clamps?

Supposedly, you clamp this metal ring around the bottle neck and pour the wine, the magnet pulls down tannins or alter them in a way that increased the oxidation, suppose to age the wine a few hours.

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Reply by bropaul, Dec 9, 2009.

Just today a co-worker was telling me about a demonstration she participated in, where a crystal rod was placed in a glass of red wine and had a similar effect to what kylewolf describes. It's sold with a little leather pouch that you can carry with you.

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Reply by joss, Dec 11, 2009.

personally, i've had very haphazard experiences w/ the aerator, specifically the vinturi one. i was at a wine tasting at a wine store, where they were pouring thru the aerator. i asked them to pour both w/ and w/o the aerator to see if anyone could pick it blind. it was totally random, going either way. i myself felt there was no discernable (certainly not significant) difference, but all the wines had been opened for a while. then, a few months later i received one, a vinturi again, as a gift. i played w/ it over several occasions w/ friends who have some pretty experienced palates. in general, the overall opinion seems to have been that the better the wine, the less impact the aerator has. a good wine takes real time to breathe, to open up all its complex flavors and notes. running it once through the aerator upon uncorking won't get the job done, not like letting it happen naturally and gradually over a period of time, in the bottle and in the glass. plus, w/ a fine wine, unless you're aerating into a decanter (and after you've decantered once already for residue) it truly loses something of the intangible pleasure and romance of opening, pouring, and savoring the wine. maybe i'm being too old school, but there was something off-putting/gimmicky about the gurgling, plumbing-like gargling drain sounds of the process. if it's a fine bottle of wine, take your time, open it in advance, savor and smell it, and EXPERIENCE the changes w/ your nose and tongue as the wine wakes up and comes to its fulfillment.

and w/ inexpensive young wines, an immediate pour thru the aerator seems to have some improvement, but it doesn't seem to take much time before wine in the glass catches up. you're saving 5-10 minutes at the very most. they just don't seem worth it. i gave my aerator to a friend, who insisted trading me a very decent bottle of wine for it. personally, i feel i got the better end of the deal. just my .02. i'm sure others have had vastly different experiences...

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Reply by chadrich, Dec 11, 2009.

I agree with the crux of what you're saying.
In our testing there was a noticable postive impact on mid-range wines. While we didn't test over time, I think you're right that wine that wasn't poured thru the device would "catch-up" fairly quickly on its own in the glass.
We only testing one higher-end (ie $65 wine) and actually found we unanimously liked the aertated version less than the version poured direct to glass. One instance does not a reliable study make, but it was an interesting data point.
Summed-up, the device is an interesting toy to add to your wine arsenal and can create some good conversations and testing opportunities. But as always, there's no silver bullet.

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Reply by Jimmy Cocktail, Dec 13, 2009.

I pretty much agree with everything that has been said. I've worked with the Soiree and the Vinturi, they both produce the same general effect and neither is a substitute for decanting the wine. They both are fine in a pinch and better as a gift. My personal experience with them has been that the more acidic and tannic wines tend to benefit the most from these types of devices.

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Reply by xnermal, Nov 19, 2010.

I have tried the Vinturi and the Soiree also and concur with Jimmy Cocktail's assessment. I can say though that the Rabbit aerator (not sure about the name of the company who makes it) does a much better job and when you just can't decant is a good alternative to decanting. Of course no one who truly appreciates wine should be in that much of a hurry that an extra 10 minutes to decant is too long to wait but it happens.  

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Reply by Vine Master Fanucchi, Nov 19, 2010.

Personally I'd spend the money on a high-end bottle of wine and let the wine open up in my crystal glass. I I really rally need to aerat any more then a good crystal decanter would be my tool of choice.

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Reply by rolifingers, Nov 23, 2010.

I agree with joss. When I first saw this thing I thought the same thing, how can pouring wine through this thing possibly open up a wine so quickly to the point that it mimicks open air decanting.

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Reply by rahnjoseph, Dec 6, 2010.

I am very much satisfied with the australian shiraz, the regular one. i come to it when i first went to the australian bar and accidentally got that one. I just got real high and the taste is awesome with the pasta .

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Reply by tampawineguy, Dec 14, 2010.

hiya, did you buy an aerator?  i have had 5 of them, vinturi is average. and a little over priced.  but i did find one advertised on here from www.vin-aire.com its fantastic and they had a coupon for free shipping by entering "snooth" into the code.  its drip free and even inserts back into the bottle...  let me know you experiences!

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Reply by spikedc, Dec 14, 2010.

I have the vinO2 aerator given as a gift, it's very similar to the vin-aire mentioned by tampa. I've used it a few times especially drinkng on my own, seems ok, and even with my limited experience it does seem to improve the wine slightly.

If i've got time over dinner with family or friends, i always decant.

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Reply by rahnjoseph, Dec 26, 2010.

Aerator is also the finest wines to hang on with and thanks for the reminder, facts are rather messy about this wine. I have checked this aerator at http://www.winegrowersdirect.com.au

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