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COMPARISON TO LARGER VINTURI -- NOT AS EFFECTIVE, BUT DECENT SUBSTITUTE
on July 1, 2014
I do recommend the Nicholas VinOair Wine Aerator, but primarily for convenience or a novel gift.
MY TESTS: I have conducted blind tastings on red wines comparing the Vinturi and the VinOair against decanted wine and fresh-out-of-the-bottle wines. The Vinturi still fares best by far, simulating about 1-hour's worth of decanting to us tasters. This product, the VinOair, provides less, perhaps about 15 to 30 minutes of breathing.
GOOD USE OF THE VINOAIR: Use this to pour and drink now if the wine is fine with no or minimal decanting. However, I find almost all reds benefit from some breathing, so simply use this to pour your wine into a decanter or some sort and give your breathing a head start. This can be done, however, with any wine aerating device.
CONVENIENCE: The VinOair is half the size and weight of a Vinturi, hence fits better in a pocket or whatever. Importantly, it allows for a one-handed pour (you have to hold the Vinturi over your glass unless you purchased one with a stand). This encourages use.
PRICE: I paid only $12 for the VinOair, so it was worthwhile to me. However, I see that in some places this VinOair is about the same price as a Vinturi -- perhaps not worth it there.
NICE GIFT: this is a great and inexpensive gift idea for red wine lovers who do not yet decant their wines. All decanting or aeration is beneficial to the taste, and some people may not use a Vinturi simply because you have to hold it over the glass. Idea: tie one to a wine gift bag for a cool accessory/bling.
Bottom Line -- I liked it but do not use it all of the time, choosing to use a Vinturi for most pours.