A wine aerator is a very useful device that lets wine take in more oxygen to produce the real texture and flavor. When wine is fermented and aged, sediments tend to float around the liquid which causes the wine to collect more tannin and gain more acidity, which gives a bitter taste and overpowers the other flavors. The wine has an old taste and the texture of the wine seem to be lost.
There are several ways to let the oxygen in. One is a decanter or a glass vessel that serves as an alternate container for the wine. When it is poured into the vessel, the oxygen combines with the liquid. Having the wine in a vessel that is openly ventilated and without a cover will let it breathe better. The process will require more time and a higher risk of spilling.
Another way is through a blender. Putting the wine in a blender will make the aeration more powerful and more oxygen is absorbed in a matter of minutes. The risk in using a blender is that there might be too much air in the wine that it will lose all the flavors.
Many drinkers would argue that a wine aerator doesn’t have an effect on the wine. The answer to that argument will vary but the lack of knowledge on the types of wines that need aerating is a must when using an aerator. There is a wide variety of red and white wines and should be considered beforehand.
What are the types of aerators?
There are many types of aerators and the advantages of using one over the other vary in many ways. The types will bring a different kind of output because each device will infuse a different amount of oxygen into the wine. They also vary in the way the device is used and can make the experience more pleasant than the others.
A handheld aerator is a type of device that is held by one hand while the other pours in the wine. This device can vary in aerating styles. Some handheld aerators have a built-in aerating chamber which receives the wine, and then makes it flow through a tube. There are others that make the wine undergo two or three aerating stages before it is transferred to a glass.
In addition, there are even aerators that are inserted into the bottle’s opening. These aerators have a short tube that goes inside the bottle and are secured by a rubber gasket. When the wine bottle is tilted, the wine flows through the chamber and out through the spout. The oxygenation occurs as soon as it is poured out of the aerator. These aerators infuse oxygen quickly and the wine can be consumed as soon as the bottle is opened. The rubber gasket and the spout make the wine pouring simpler and spill free.
Other aerators are designed like a funnel which is placed on the glass. There are more complex electric aerators that have tubes that infuse air in the bottle and pour the wine out via a push button dispenser.
What is the best wine aerator?
The best wine aerator would be the device that will make wine drinking easy and fast. Especially when hosting a party or serving wine in vast amounts, decanting and setting the wine in advance may be inconvenient and time-consuming. This is why the best aerators would be the device that would oxygenate wine in the shortest possible time and in a fast flow rate.
Taking these into consideration, the best aerators would be the handheld and the in-bottle aerators. Electric aerators are also good but the flow rate is too slow and it is not good for bartending. Handheld aerators are good to use as the wine will be consumed right away and straight from the bottle. These devices are also designed to be spill-free and less of a hassle to clean.
Aside from convenience, handheld and in-bottle aerators are efficient in making wine taste better. Most of these aerators come with a large chamber that will let the wine swirl and get the right amount of air. The quality of the wine is not compromised and the bouquet of flavors of the wine remains.