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Wine is good, but it's better with a Vinturi
Vinturi Wine Aerator
Member Name: MrMonochrome
Vinturi Wine Aerator
Advantages: Improves every aspect of a bottle of wine
Disadvantages: Expensive and does drip if you're not careful
The Vinturi wine aerator is simply brilliant. It won't turn a cheap bottle of wine into a Chateau Le Tour, but it does make any red wine taste better.
I'd seen this type of idea before and always considered them to be a bit of a gimmick that would never make much of a difference, but after been given a blind taste test by a friend using a normal glass of wine and another that had been poured through the Vinturi, I was amazed by the change. Both the flavours and boquet were fuller and more discernable and the wine seemed smoother as a result of a quick gurgle through the aerator.
As someone who likes a nice glass of wine I bought one the following day and it has more than lived up to the initial impressions I had. Any type of red wine I've run through it has tasted notably better and when I've tried it with visitors who know far more about wine than I do it has passed the taste test every single time.
The only downside is that it does have a habit of dripping but either a quick shake over the glass or moving the drip stand to the aerator rather than vice versa avoids the need for any wiping up red wine off the table.
There are cheaper versions of the Vinturi available and as the principle of air being drawn into the wine as it flows through is so simple I would imagine the less expensive models would do much the same job. Having said that the Vinturi model looks great sat next to a bottle in its little drip stand and always draws attention from anyone that hasn't used one before.
At about £35-40 they aren't cheap but it'll more than pay for itself with the enjoyment you'll get from a better, smoother, fuller tasting wine and you even get a nice satisfying gurgle into the bargain.
Summary: A brilliant device for all wine lovers
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