Add air to get more flavor out of your alcohol.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Due to our fondness for libations, we @21plusTravel were asked to road-test two Vinturi aerators. We agreed knowing that Vinturi products are popular gifts during the holidays.
We tested two designs in the line: the Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator and Vinturi Spirit aerators.
The Claim: “An innovative bar tool that instantly aerates fine wine, liqueurs and spirits, intensifying the taste experience.” “Perfect aeration in the time it takes to pour a glass.”
First Impression: Phooey. Must be pure hype.
Road Test: Here’s how we ran the test: We got out two glasses and opened up a bottle of the appropriate beverage. We poured some of that wine or spirit into a glass then held Vinturi over a second glass and poured some liquid through. The liquid gurgles on its way to the glass, but isn’t slowed down much in reaching its destination in the process of passing through the aerator. We first took a sip of the stuff that wasn’t aerated and then a sip of what was mixed with air. One sip can make you a believer. Side by side, we found that on average aeration does bring out additional aroma and taste nuances and complexities. Our most dramatic results were achieved with red wine. An inexpensive bottle of red wine can come out tasting like it cost $10 more.
Final Analysis: A great gift for any wine lover or spirits enthusiast on your list. Placing the aerator in its stand between pours helps minimize drips all over the counter. Vinturi is dishwasher safe making it easy to wash after one dinner party so it’s ready for the next. Because “spirits are poured in small quantities, Vinturi Spirit is created with a valve and graduations to facilitate precise pouring” which means it can double as a jigger and can make for some dramatic bartending flourish to impress even the most reluctant Scrooge.
Though we didn’t road test these items, you might want to consider them for your shopping list as well:
Vinturi Reserve is a larger-capacity aerator designed to aerate an entire 750ml bottle of wine directly into a new Vinturi-designed glass carafe in under 30 seconds. The German-made carafe includes a topper that integrates the Reserve aerator.
Vinturi Reserve White Wine Aerator is exclusively designed for use with white wine.
Vinturi Cleaning Kit includes three brushes and a polishing cloth.
– Photos courtesy Vinturi
Product samples afford the research opportunity but do not sway opinion.