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The Vinturi works best with fine, young reds,
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This review is from: Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator (Kitchen)I love wine, particularly reds, so when I received this Vinturi device, I couldn't wait to test it. In my youth, I had worked as a manager at a French restaurant with one of the top wine lists in the country, so I knew all too well the importance of allowing a fine wine to breathe, thus maximizing the bouquet and flavor through the oxidation. Now, of course, far removed from that life, I just like my wines to be enjoyable.
The first time I tried my Vinturi, it was a disaster. I didn't want to try it out on an expensive wine for fear of ruining it, so I chose a inexpensive red wine, an Australian Shiraz. Because I used it in a restaurant with ten people at the table watching , I tilted the device toward me so I could reach it, and poured. Red wine spilled everywhere. As the wine passed through the device, it sounded like a soda machine that was close to empty. Although I could taste the difference between a glass poured right out of the bottle and one poured through the Vinturi, the difference was barely noticeable. Was it worth the spilled wine and the only slight taste difference? Suffice it to say that I was ready to bury it at the bottom of a drawer.
But then . . .
I decided to give the Vinturi another try. I knew that the spillage most likely had to do with how I had held the device and/or the bottle. My second attempt, on a better red, a Rhone with a relatively recent vintage, worked much better. I held the Vinturi straight up and down, and poured from a standing position rather than reaching across a table. The only spill came from a few drips at the bottom after I removed it, and even then, they collected in the included holder, not on the table. The wine, which needed a few more years in the bottle, was noticeably changed after it had been poured through the Vinturi. The tannins were softened, and the flavor enhanced. However, it was not until I used the Vinturi on a big California blend, a high-quality red that needed another five to eight years in the bottle, that the most noticeable change occurred. Without the Vinturi, the taste was tight, high in tannin (which lends that dry, pucker-y sensation), and definitely too young despite the obvious underlying complexity. The Vinturi opened that wine up so that it tasted as though it had been aged for another five years. The difference was marked. I was sold.
The device itself is a relatively heavy, lucite object with a rubberized grip for holding. The air holes on the sides create turbulence inside the cup and funnel to aerate the wine as it passes through. The box comes with a black rubberized holder (essential to catch the drips after using it) and a pouch to protect it from scratches. The design is both simple and oddly beautiful.
The Vinturi is obviously manufactured for oenophiles, people who regularly drink high-quality red wines and can taste the difference. Don't bother getting this if you're primarily a white wine drinker (whites don't need the kind of breathing that reds do) or if you always buy wine that is ready to drink. Since less expensive wines are generally sold to be drinkable immediately, they are not affected the same way that wines destined for cellars are. And there's no way that any device can make a so-so wine into a good one. That happens at the winery, never at the table.
-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann
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Initial post: Nov 26, 2008 1:07:09 PM PST
Mary Whipple says:
I just ordered THREE of these on the strength of your review. Great Christmas presents--and there's no shipping charge! Best, Mary
Posted on Nov 28, 2008 4:55:30 AM PST
Miz Ellen says:
Sounds like an ingenious device! I loved this review and your account of carefully experimenting to learn how to use it best. Sadly, I remain an unconvinced Luddite, letting my wine breathe while my food cooks. Pleasure should be preceded by preparation or it is unearned...
Posted on Dec 3, 2008 7:23:27 AM PST
wow, do I like this!
Posted on Dec 28, 2008 11:03:36 AM PST
Martin A Hogan says:
What a beautiful wine aerator...makes me thirsty!
Posted on Jan 15, 2009 1:44:14 PM PST
Thanks for such a great, well-written review. I will buy.
Posted on Mar 28, 2011 7:54:33 AM PDT
Great review, well written and definitely explains who should purchase this and who doesn't really need it. Thank you SO MUCH, Debbie for the critique and the valuable information!
Posted on Apr 28, 2012 4:47:02 PM PDT
Well. I have the device too, and actually, I can taste quite a difference between aerated and non-aerated reds. However.... wine spills everywhere each and every time I pour, no matter how slowly I go. I have the aerator with stand, so I don't even have to touch anything. I have checked to make sure the aerator is set in the stand straight, yet it still spills down the arm of the stand. It's annoying. I continue to use it, though, because of the marked difference in the taste of aerated vs. non-aerated. Sure would like to figure out how to not spill it while pouring. Open to suggestions......
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