The practice of decanting wine is certainly no new concept; even the ancient Romans poured their wines into special gold, bronze, and clay carafes after a harvest to present to Kings, Priests, and noblemen alike. What they may not have been aware of at the time, though, were all the hidden gems in wine that can be brought out simply by pouring it into a separate container. This process was later described as decanting, and since then the practice has taken off in many different directions.
Decanting wine simply allows it to breathe; the process can open up and enhance its aromas, release underlying flavors, and rid a more mature bottle of any sediment built up after a long aging process, thereby creating a smoother finish. Today, the most popular way to decant is done by pouring the wine straight from the bottle into either a glass or crystal carafe and allowing it to sit. You’ll notice that the first glass out of the decanter will taste different than a glass just 30 minutes later in terms of flavor, texture, aroma and acidity. However, as has been discussed by many wine enthusiasts and critics, decanting can be the kiss of death for a beautiful bottle if not done properly and for the right amount of time. When the wine is exposed to oxygen in this process, it changes the entire chemical makeup of the wine and while some flourish, some fall flat if exposed for even a couple minutes too long. So what is a wine lover to do when they want to see if their wine is a good fit for a decanter, but does not want to risk ruining the whole bottle in the process?
Enter the Vinturi Wine Aerator, a modern day savior that allows for any given glass of wine to be tested before and after the aerating process. The Vinturi has set the standard for hand-held aerators in the wine industry and are the aerator of choice for novices and enthusiasts worldwide. The Vinturi delivers perfect aeration in the time it takes to pour a glass. Simply hold the aerator over an empty wine glass and pour straight into the opening and watch the Vinturi work its magic! Depending on the speed at which it is poured, the Vinturi will draw in just the right amount of air in order to release a truly unique glass of wine that in most cases will yield a smoother, more aromatic finish.
The Vinturi Wine Aerator is now available in our store for both red and white wines. We also offer both a red wine and red Vinturi package, as well as a chardonnay and white Vinturi package. Perform your own taste test at home with your favorite Gold Medal bottle, or bring it along to your next dinner party as a fun party trick. The Vinturi Wine Aerator is your next favorite wine accessory and is sure to heighten the already excellent flavors and aromas of your choice Gold Medal Wine Club wines.