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Aerate White Wine

Do you need to aerate white wine?

Most people are familiar with the concept of letting red wine breathe, or more efficiently aerating it by other means, but many are unsure as to whether white wine needs aerating, particularly as they generally contain fewer bitter tannins.

However, white wine can benefit from aeration just as much as red wine – oxygenation still ‘opens up’ all of the flavours and aromas in white. Cheaper white wines can often have a tart or acidic tang, which aeration can smooth out whilst bringing out hidden fruity or floral perfumes. Whether you prefer chardonnay, pinot grigio or moscato, all white wines can benefit from being aerated, but dry white wines and those with a more tannic, oaky palate will reveal the most noticeable difference. Try aerating a chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, white Burgundy or white Bordeaux to wake up the delicious tastes and mellow any harsher notes.

How to aerate white wine

Leaving white wine out to breathe in a glass or decanter for an hour at room temperature is hardly ideal given that most people prefer to enjoy white wine cold and crisp from the fridge. That’s what makes an electronic wine aerator perfect for white wine – you can aerate just the amount you need in seconds, straight from the fridge, keeping it refreshingly cold but even more delicious.

Do you need a dedicated white wine aerator?

Don’t be persuaded to buy different types for red and white wine – there is no need to purchase a separate aerator for white wine. An electronic wine aerator like the Vinaera works brilliantly for both red and white wine, and it’s so easy to clean. Simply fill an empty wine bottle with clean water and press the Vinaera’s dispense button to run the water through. There is also no need to buy a separate whisky / spirit aerator as the Vinaera can be used on many types of alcohol.