Does A Wine Aerator Really Improve The Taste Of Wine?
For years the accepted way to aerate wine was to open the bottle well before it was used to allow it to “breathe” for a period of time before drinking it. Another way to aerate wine is to decant it into another container like a wine decanter. Simply pouring the wine slowly into a glass also does the trick as air bubbles are caught in the motion of the wine swirling around the glass.
The fact is that the taste of most wines is improved by aerating it. If you care to do a test of drinking wine straight from a bottle just opened compared to a glass of wine that has been aerated, you will find a big difference in the taste.
How Does it Work?
Aeration causes a chemical reaction in wine that in turn causes evaporation and oxidation. Evaporation causes sulfites and other ingredients to naturally rise to the surface, lowering the acidity and purifying the wine. Oxidation has the effect of leveling out the taste of wine which a quick taste-test will prove. The result of aeration is a significantly smoother taste and flavor.
There are many different types of wine aerators made from different types of materials. Most aerators attach directly to the mouth of the bottle and are shaped like a spout that fits most wine bottles. Other types are designed to be held in your hand like a funnel while pouring the wine into a glass. The type of material does not really make a big difference but if it is plastic, make sure that it is BPS free to prevent contaminating the wine with microscopic plastic residue.
If you are into the culture and spirit of wine drinking, an aerator will really make a big difference in your life. It also makes a great topic of conversation with guests who don’t exactly know what it is and how it works. You will blow them away by demonstrating the big difference an aerator can instantly make to the flavor of wine without having to wait for it to breathe for a period of time.
The Difference between Aerating and Decanting
Both serve the same purpose of expanding the surface area of wine to mingle with air. Decanting transfers the wine to a container with a larger surface area, while an aerator forces air to circulate as the wine is poured out. The end result is to achieve a taste with an expanded aromatic profile and softer tannin.
The main difference between decanting and aerating is time. If you would like to drink your wine immediately after opening the bottle but you would still like a softer taste, an aerator is a handy gadget that will aerate the wine in seconds. As the wine flows through the aerator it is allowed to breathe when air bubbles circulate through the spout.
Although wine connoisseurs will always prefer a decanter for its elegant presentation, an aerator achieves the same result in less time. For a more leisurely wine drinking experience when time is not an issue a decanter will suffice, but there is nothing like an aerator to save the day when the wine has run out in the middle of a meal and you don’t want to keep your guests waiting.