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Friday, January 14, 2011

Vinturi Essential Wine Aerators

Just before Christmas I logged into my credit card rewards website and realized I had just over 10,000 points that we going to expire at the end of the year.  That was a shitty feeling.  However, it meant that I got to shop for something I wanted.  With the Christmas on the way and Steve laying down a firm law of you can't buy anything for yourself this time of year, I had to look for things not on my list and hope that no one would just think to buy these things for me.  I was pissed though, because I was hoping to save those points until I could get something I really wanted (like a lens for my camera or something wicked cool and expensive).  Anyhow - I got some heads for my electric toothbrush, because they are expensive and I got a wine chilling bucket because I thought it'd be nice to have.
Then the big ticket item I picked up was a set of wine aerators - one for white and one for red.  Here is the link to these things on Amazon. 

I got them just before New Years Eve and decided to drink wine that night just to be able to test these things out!  We did a taste test on both red and white wines and overall noted a pretty significant difference in the bouquet (smell on the forefront), the taste of the wine, and the finish/aftertaste.  It was pretty cool!  These things are pretty solid too, I'm not very concerned about them breaking.
Basically these devices pull air into the wine and allow it to breathe - as wine needs to do.   It's a quick process; you pour glass by glass, and they come with neat little stands to hold them.  I would highly suggest these fancy things for any wine connoisseur, even if you just enjoy wine on an amateur level, not only will they help you enjoy the wine experience a little bit more, but they sure will make you look fancy when you host a party!

So on Amazon they are normally priced at $99, currently on sale for just under $60.  I got them for free just by charging things to my credit card.  :)  Pretty neat, huh?

Have you ever used anything like this for wine?  Did you notice a difference?  Do you want to invite me to a party now so that you can try these out? ;)

**in no way have I been compensated by Amazon or Vinturi for reviewing this product, this is solely my opinion**


Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

You know what's weird? I can easily tell the difference between coffee - good coffee vs. bad, light vs. dark, hell, I can almost always even tell decaf vs. caffeinated.

You would think that I'd develop that same sense with wine. But thus far, no. Maybe it's because I drink coffee far more often than wine. But I'm worried that I wouldn't be able to tell the different either way!

Kristi said...

My immediate family is very into wine and they all have these things. I like wine but am not all tastes the same to me!!

Dana Leigh said...

I'm glad you posted about this! I've seen all types of aerators on sale throughout the Christmas season and wondered if it was a gimmick if they work. I've never known anyone to have or use one but you make me more likely to get one. I just watched a documentary on wine last night so I want to get into drinking wine again on a regular basis.

Busy Mother of 3 said...

How cool that you were able to get them for "free"! I too have seen them around but had never seen/heard anyone use them, so I wondered if they were a gimmick or "toy", or a serious wine drinkers best friend. I don't like wine, so count me clueless. Glad you liked them! And you know I LOVE the comparison testing thing. ;-)


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