5 Reasons You Need a Wine Aerator
I used to be a skeptic when it came to wine aeration, but am now a believer in the benefits after having conducted my own blind tasting. Keep reading to see the results of the tasting, but let's start with the 5 main reasons why you should get yourself one.
1. It just makes your wine taste so much better. The oxidation that occurs as the wine passes through the aerator helps soften flavors and releases aromas in the wine, thereby bringing it to its full potential.
2. It’s a much faster and efficient way of letting your wines breathe. Instead of pouring your bottle into a decanter and letting it sit, you can enjoy wine from an aerator immediately. The best part is that it will often have the same positive impact on the flavor of wine as letting it breathe for 30 minutes in a decanter.
3. It’s the ultimate wedding gift or gift for a wine lover. Who wouldn’t love a wine aerator?
4. You’ll end up making the most of every single drop. Instead of pouring out the entire bottle into a decanter and potentially having to later throw away the wine that you can’t finish (which I admit this is a rare occurrence), a wine aerator allows you to aerate your wine by the glass. Simply pop the cork back onto the bottle after you’ve had enough, and you can save the rest for tomorrow.
5. You’ll more than earn your money back after two bottles. Using a wine aerator can make a wine taste twice as expensive. You’ll get twice the flavor for exactly the same price. Be warned though, that it may be difficult to go back to un-aerated wine after.
The Ultimate Experiment - Putting "Aeration" to the Test
I used to get a little suspicious when people would tell me that you “must decant wine”, or you “must let your wine breathe”, so I had to find out myself and decided to run a little experiment.
The idea of using a traditional decanter and having to wait 30 minutes didn’t appeal to me, so I got myself a wine aerator from Amazon called the VinoMaster Wine Aerator which is a neat looking aerator that fits directly on top of the bottle and allows you to pour by the glass. I like to keep it as simple as possible, and didn't want something with all the bells & whistles.
As part of the experiment, I also got myself three bottles of red wine (a Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Pinot Noir), so that me and my wife could conduct a blind test on each to see if we could taste a difference between the aerated and non-aerated wine. We were both a little skeptical at the start.
Out of the three wines that we both tried, my wife preferred the aerated version for all three, while I preferred the aerated version of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. I found it difficult to really tell the difference on the Pinot Noir, but funnily enough the flavor of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz was very noticeably different - and in a good way. The wines had opened up a lot more, with the flavor and aromas coming through a lot better.
Seems like that little wine aerator did the trick, and we’ve since been using it on all the red wines that we drink. We have given a couple to friends and family that drink wine as well, and they seem to enjoy it also.
So if you’re a wine drinker, I recommend getting an aerator and giving it a shot. There are a large number of them available on Amazon to choose from, but the VinoMaster is one that worked well for us, while being pretty affordable.