I have been wanting to write this for some months now, but somehow, things always got in the way. (read: I usually forget) :P
The hubs and I quite enjoy our red wines, and living in Italy where wines are good, abundant and rather cheap, one cannot say no to a glass of good wine every now and then.
We are far, far from being connoisseurs. I do not know if a wine is supposed to taste like plum, currant or cherry, or if it has a tinge of oak, and I can barely tell a Merlot from a Cabernet. For all intents and purposes, I have no desire to learn wine-tasting skills or terminology. What I do want however, is to enjoy a good wine from time to time.
For our wedding anniversary this year, I wanted to get the hubs a small gift, although we agreed that we won’t be exchanging gifts this year. Hah, I was itching anyway, to get him one. I thought about it night and day for a couple of days. Getting guys gifts is such a pain especially if you have a fussy special hubs like mine😛 And then I thought about how much he loves his wine. He already has all the basic gadgets a wine lover can have. I did a bit of research online and stumbled upon this Vinturi Wine Aerator on Amazon. Just reading the reviews there, I was pretty much sold on the product.
The device is a rather attractive looking oblong shaped plexiglass “funnel” that comes with a handy stand. The two rod-like parts that lay horizontally at the bottom of the aerator isn’t a rod, but is basically a channel which I believe lets in air that aerates the wine that is poured through it.
The hubs and I had a blind taste test to determine if it really does work. The little skeptic in me was crossing her fingers, hoping it would work after all the hassle to purchase it (more on that later). The hubs poured me two glasses of wine, one aerated, and the other one straight from the bottle. I took one sip from each glass and could immediately identify the wine that had been aerated. The aerated wine tasted much smoother, had greater depth and didn’t have that sharp taste that an un-aerated glass of wine would have. The hubs tasted it and agreed with me :)
The best thing about this aerator is that one does not need to decant wine hours in advance. Sometimes you just feel like having wine, or you may have forgotten about decanting a bottle of wine to go with dinner, and this aerator solves this problem beautifully. Also, one only needs to aerate the wine when necessary, i.e. pouring out a glass of wine instead of decanting an entire bottle/measuring a glass of wine to decant hours in advance.
Now we just HAVE to use this aerator everytime we have our wines, or else the wines don’t taste good anymore :P
One thing I should stress on after reading the comments and reviews on Amazon is about the 2 intentional “cracks” on the aerator. Upon receiving this product, many people had the impression that the product was flawed or broken. It is not. The leaflet in the (classy)box it arrived in stated that this is normal, and I suspect that it is part of the design that uses Bernoulli’s Principle
Bernoulli’s Principle states that as the speed of a moving fluid increases, the pressure within the fluid decreases. This is dictated by the law of conservation of energy. When wine is poured in the Vinturi, its internal design creates an increase in the wine’s velocity and a decrease in its pressure. This pressure difference draws in air which is mixed with wine for perfect aeration.
If you notice carefully from the picture above, you will see a tiny “crack”. This crack doesn’t bother me, as it appears on both sides, and doesn’t affect the functionality of the aerator at all.
My only regret pertaining to this aerator is that we have a decanter sitting in my kitchen cabinet unused and taking up a lot of space!
On to my hassle purchasing this product. Amazon had the best price for this product, but they charge a bomb to ship to Italy. I got the aerator shipped to my good friend Tony living in the US who shipped it to me (thanks Tony! The hubs loves you for this)😛 Along with this aerator, Tony sent me a few other items which I had ordered. The rest arrived, but this aerator didn’t. I was quite upset as I was sooo looking forward to surprise the hubs with this. After about 2 weeks, I received a notification asking me to retrieve a parcel from the Post Office. I knew it had arrived, but was rather curious as to the cause of delay. Little did I know I would be taxed! I was taxed EUR10++ by the Italian customs for this tiny little gadget. How infuriating. The amount of taxes one pays in Italy is unbelievable, and I was (am) indignant at having to pay so much in taxes for something as small as this. Funnily enough the other items that Tony sent me (they were Kitchen Aid attachments in a box 10 times bigger than the aerator) were not taxed. I wonder what criteria they use in deciding to slaughter tax someone.
But that aside, we absolutely love this aerator. It would make a good gift to any wine aficionados. If only more people knew how much we loved our wines BEFORE we bought this😉
Note: I have not been paid to review this item. I wrote this post solely because I love this product, and I realized that not many people (or at least, our Italian friends) know about this gadget. All opinions expressed here are solely mine and may not reflect the opinions of other users.