Why Aerate Wine?
To the uninitiated, wine aeration may not seem worth the effort. But those in the know understand that it makes all the difference – and also that it needn’t take any effort at all…
What is Aeration?
Aeration is simply the process of bringing air into contact with something, in this case wine or spirits.
There are many different types of wine aeration device. At its most basic, aerating your wine sometimes means doing nothing more than uncorking the bottle for a little while before drinking to let the wine ‘breathe’ – but it’s fairly obvious that very little wine comes into contact with the air using this method, providing relatively little benefit to the drinker taste-wise.
The traditional wine aerator is a decanter, usually glass and designed with a wide base to ensure a large surface area of wine coming into contact with oxygen. While attractive, they don’t suit everybody’s style and can be expensive. Also, despite their design they still require a wait of an hour or so for the aeration process to take place meaning they can be inconvenient. A wine connoisseur might enjoy the ritual of a decanter for an expensive bottle of wine, but the beauty of modern wine aeration techniques is that they can really enhance moderately priced wines, which may feel less appropriate for fancy decanters.
Funnel aerators are a recent invention, which ensure the wine is oxidised as it pours out of the bottle, or sometimes a device is placed into the glass instead. Usually plastic, these can look rather cheap and inelegant and can also be somewhat splashy and messy, to the detriment of the wine drinking experience.
Electronic wine aerators are the very latest in wine aeration and aerate more effectively than any other style, providing maximum taste benefit and the smoothest wine drinking experience. Whilst some take up table top space and require each glass to be aerated individually after pouring, the neatest designs attach to the wine bottle and aearate as they pour providing perfectly aerated red or white in seconds. This is the only type that ensures sediment is left behind in the bottle The Vinaeara is currently the most effective electronic aerator on the market, a piece of beautiful craftsmanship that is as much a delight to use as the wine is to drink.
The Benefits of Wine Aeration
Wake up your wine
Wine aeration has been practised for centuries in one form or another, for the simple reason that it works. So what does an aerator do for wine? Exposing wine to oxygen has a most wonderful effect, bringing out all of the hidden depths of flavour and aroma not normally detectable for a drinking experience with an extra dimension.
Mellows tart tastes
In addition, the process softens any harsh or acidic flavours, giving a smoother, rounder and more delicious taste. If you’ve ever taken a sip of wine and found it a touch bitter, sour or vinegary then you’ll understand exactly why aeration is important!
You have probably heard of tannins in wine – they originate from the non-flesh part of the grape, i.e. the skin, stem and seeds. Tannic wines (particularly young reds) can leave a dry feeling in the mouth and often a bitter taste. There’s a reason seedless grapes are popular for snacking – the seeds taste bitter! Aerating wine relaxes harsh tannins, making for a much more mellow drinking experience.
Aerate for flavour
Aeration can benefit both red and white wine as well as other spirits such as whisky. Although any wine can be aerated, it’s perfect for enhancing the flavour of relatively inexpensive wines and can also be used to improve wines that have been previously opened. The beauty is that the more thorough the oxidation, the better the flavour will be, so it makes sense to choose the right aerator device.