Wine Talk

Snooth User: rolifingers


Posted by rolifingers, Jan 7, 2013.

I have a question, do Wine Aerators actually work? Whenever I have dinner (after work) and want a glass of red wine I usually don't have time to allow it to breath in a decantor and the wine is always muscular and overpowering if it's kinda young. Has anyone tried a Wine Aerator with pleasing results?


Reply by napagirl68, Jan 8, 2013.

Eeeh... I would say maybe, and most likely not.  I have an aerator and have done side by side tastings with some good results, and some with no benefit whatsoever.

I would say that if the wine needs more aging or resting, it won't work.  If it truly only needs aeration, then PERHAPS.  Sometimes it works for me, but prolly to a small degree. 

Plan and decant, my friend :-) And Happy New Year!  I like your new avatar/picture!

Reply by 1011, Jan 8, 2013.

Yes...Aerators do work and with significant smoothing results for red wine. I have the pleasure of working in a wine shop and use the Aerator daily with the same success.

Reply by GregT, Jan 8, 2013.

Rolli - I think there were some threads on this at some point. But in short, they don't do anything you can't do w/out one.

What's the point of aeration?  To allow "bottle funk" to blow off and to "wake up" some of the flavors.  What really happens is that some volatile gases do in fact dissipate into the air, but generally oxygen combines with various compounds in the wine to make them heavier in the case of sulfides, so you don't smell them as much and you think they "blew off". In addition, it can combine with flavoring and aromatic compounds and make them slightly more desirable.

It won't resolve tannins or in any way serve as a substitute for aging, and neither will those Clef du Vin metal keys. But to the degree a wine will benefit from decanting, it will benefit from those aerators, but you don't need the aerator - just decant. The act of pouring beats air into the wine anyhow - that's also why you swirl some wines in your glass and see an improvement. When decanting, pour into the center of the bottle and let it splash around - don't pour carefully down the side as the point is to incorporate air. Or when pouring into a glass, use a drip stop and pour in a nice stream from higher than the glass lip and swirl the wine.

The aerator won't hurt the wine, but it doesn't add much either, except another three or four inches that makes pouring really awkward.


Reply by rolifingers, Jan 8, 2013.

Happy New Year to you as well NAPAGIRL! Thank you for your opinion on the Aerator.

@ GREGT:  I usually decant when the dinner is planned and I try to synchronize my cooking time with the wine in decantor time. By the time I finish cooking the wine should have aerated nicely. But when coming home from work and eating leftovers and having to open a new bottle of red that's when the trouble begins. I guess I'll have to stick to some easy drinking Pinot Noirs in such a case. Thank you GREGT.

Reply by WinerySage, Jan 25, 2013.

We've tried a couple of different aerators and have had varying success. I think it will depend on the tool, on the wine, and really the night. If you plan on opening a bottle a serving the entire thing immediately to many guests who aren't planning on letting their wine sit for too long, some will work. We've found some glasses though like the Eisch Sensis glass aerates too much over time (~30 minutes) and leave the wine tasting oxidized. So it works in the short term, but not long.

It may come down to a taste preference and some testing of products before you find what's best for you.

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