Now, this is my idea of heaven, a story that combines my favourite alcoholic beverage (wine) with some form of delectable gadgetry.
Now, not only is this a clever idea, but also, according to its name, it is a vital piece of it – why else would they have called it the Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator?
As most of you will know, red wine tastes better if it allowed to ‘breathe’ – i.e. left open to the air for a time. This apparently allows the aromas and flavours to be released. And that’s why it is tradition for red wines to be decanted from the bottle into a – er – decanter. But, true to form, in our busy modern world, we just don’t have time for all that faffing around (in the olden days they had butlers to do that sort of thing for you).
If you don’t have a butler, but do have a penchant for a good glass of red wine, some nice folk in California have come up with the wine aerator. All you do is hold the little gizmo over your wine glass, pour your wine into it and it will aerate it as it flows into your glass. Apparently it draws in and mixes the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, instantly allowing wine to breathe.
‘Vinturi accelerates the breathing process, enabling wine lovers to fully enjoy their wine from the very first sip, rather than waiting an hour or more for traditional decanting,’ says Rio Sabadicci, Vinturi’s inventor.
The makers also claim that this processes offers a smoother finish, as the Vinturi aerator is effective at softening tannins that can produce a bitter aftertaste.
As well as looking quite pretty, there is a scientific side to the Venturi, which its makers describe thus: “The design applies Bernoulli’s principle, which states that as the speed of a moving fluid increases, the pressure within the fluid decreases. When wine is poured in the Vinturi, its design creates an increase in the wine’s velocity and a decrease in its pressure. This pressure difference draws in air, which is mixed with wine for perfect aeration.” So, now you know.
The Vinturi Essential Aerator retails at £39.95 from the likes of Amazon and Zavvi.com