If you’re a wine connoisseur you already know the answer to this question. But if you’re like thousands of others, you probably haven’t a clue what a wine aerator is much less what it does. Hopefully we can shed a little light on a way to improve the next bottle of red that you open regardless haw much you paid for it.
Aerating has an affect on the tannins in a red wine that mellows out the flavor and allows the distinctive characteristics of the wine to come forth. Aerating simply means exposing the wine to air and it is a practice that has been done ever since the first bottle was uncorked.
Give the wine a break and let it air out a bit
Perhaps you’ve heard of “resting” the wine. This simply means uncorking a bottle and letting it sit so it has a chance to mix with the air. Actually it means more than that. Simply uncorking a bottle and setting it aside is going to accomplish nothing. Think about it for a second. You have this big bottle of wine and this relatively small opening at the top. Just how much air do you think that wine is exposed to?
There are a couple of methods you can choose from to properly “rest” or aerate your next bottle of vino.
Fancy or plain the choice is yours
The first is the age old practice of decanting. Now you can go out and purchase a fine crystal decanter to accomplish this task or you can use the pitcher you normally use to keep orange juice in. The idea here is to put the wine in a container that allows maximum surface exposure to the air. You can be as fancy or as plain as you like when aerating using this method. However if you’re having guests over, it might be nice to use an attractive decanter rather than an empty coffee can even if the can “good to the last drop” printed on the side.
Another method is to aerate the wine directly in the wine glass. This eliminates the need for a decanter and also adds a certain flair to the place setting if you’re having the wine with a meal.
Remember wine does not have a head on it like beer. There is no need to pour the wine down the side of the wine glass. Rather pour it directly in the center and allow a good 6 inches of “fall” (distance between the bottom of the class and the mouth of the bottle) to encourage aeration.
The downside of traditional wine aerating
Both these methods are time tested with the operative word being time. Using either of these traditional methods can take up to 20 minutes to correctly aerate wine.
That brings us to the third and best choice, the wine aerator. This handy gadget aerates the wine as soon as you pour the wine through it. It’s small, attractive and a great way to impress your less knowledgeable friends. And best of all it works! Using a Venturi type of action the wine aerator is able to embed the air directly into the wine allowing for its full flavor and characteristics to come out. Simply hold the aerator over the wine glass and pour.
Even if it’s just a casual gathering and your guests are sitting on kitchen bar stools at the kitchen divider they are going to be impressed with your sophistication and wine knowledge. Just make sure you’re pouring something that cost more than $2.95 a bottle.
Speaking of being impressed, if you’re on a budget and the kitchen counter is your main dining surface, dress it up with a Hillsdale bar stool. Dressing up your space with attractive and comfortable seating and then wowing your guests with the wine aerator will make what is an essentially low budget event seem absolutely chic.
A resident of Boston, David Dawson is a full time organic chemist who loves to spend his off time entertaining friends and family along with his wife and three kids. David turned his love for social gatherings into a great side business when he created a website dedicated to providing everything you could possibly want to know about bar stools