A wine aerator is a tool used to enhance the flavor of the wine. The purpose of aeration is to ensure your wine smell and tastes better. Wine aerators speed up the evaporation and oxidation of wine to bring to life its best taste and aroma. The wine aeration process involves exposing your wine to oxygen to enhance its taste. Aeration is commonly done in red wines to allow the flavor and aroma to mellow out.
What does a wine aerator do?
Simply stated, wine aerators enable your wine to smell and taste better. The aerator allows the wine to mix with air to speed up the evaporation and oxidation to bring out the best aroma. This tool enhances the taste of wine by passing through a funnel of pressurized oxygen.
A wine aerator accelerates the evaporation process of the ethanol and sulfites, the unstable compounds in wines. During the aeration process, ethanol and sulfites are the first to evaporate. A wine aerator helps remove the extra molecules of ethanol and sulfites to make your wine taste better.
The wine aerator exposes your wine to pressurized oxygen to trigger a chemical reaction for compounds prone to oxidation. Ethanol, a compound vulnerable to oxidation, is converted to acetic acid that minimizes wines’ medicinal and sulfuric aspects.
The wine aerator grooms the wine rather than altering its character. It speeds up the evaporation and oxidation of ethanol and sulfites to enhance the taste and aroma of the wine.
How does the wine aerator affect the flavor of wine?
Wine aerators affect the flavor of wines by exposing them to oxygen. When wines are first opened, they are either tight or closed, meaning they have little or no taste. The wine aerator adds flavor by exposing the wine to oxygen for oxidation and evaporation of undesirable compounds. Aeration enhances some elements in your wine while eliminating others to enable your wine to taste and smell better.
Wine aerator affects the taste of wines by softening the tannings to make the wine taste better. Some wines have an overwhelming flavor due to high levels of tannin content. A wine aerator helps soften the flavor by exposing the wines to oxygen to enhance their taste and aroma.
Wine aerators affect the taste of wine by helping it become more expressive and complex. Most wines changes when exposed to oxygen. Wines are made of compounds that react with oxygen. Exposing these compounds to oxygen triggers chemical reactions that make them more complex and expressive. The more expressive the wine is, the better the taste and aroma.
A wine aerator also affects the taste and aroma of wines by eliminating gases. Some wines undergo chemical reactions after they have been bottled. These reactions produce gases that affect the flavor of your wine. Some of the gases even smell off, thus tampering with the taste and aroma of the wine. A wine aerator will help improve the taste of your wine by eliminating the gases to leave your wine with only a good taste and aroma.
How to aerate wine
Aerate your wine by simply pouring it into a glass and swirling it around. Swirling enhances the aeration and volatilization of your wine, enabling it to release aromatic molecules. These fragrant molecules will improve the taste of your wine and better the flavor.
You can also aerate your wine using a decanter. Simply open the bottle of wine and pour it into your decanter. Decanters expose your wine to more oxygen due to their wide bottom. Decanting is much faster than swirling wine; thus, it will give you a better wine flavor and a more intense aroma. For Better flavor, use a funnel to pour your wine into the decanter. The funnel will enable the wine to hit the inside wall in sheets, thus making the wine taste better.
You can also use wine aerating devices to speed up the process if you are in a hurry. Aerating devices make your wine have a strong aroma and better taste.
Common types of wine aerators.
In-Bottle/Stopper wine aerators
In bottle/stopper are wine aerator devices that fit inside a wine bottle. These are the most convenient and easiest aerators to use to enhance the taste and aroma of your wine. You only need to fit the device directly in the bottle to aerate your wine. The in-bottle aerator is also convenient since it will serve as a stopper in most cases. These devices also serve as pourers.
In bottle/ stopper aeration devices sits inside the bottle and will aerate through spouts when you pour your wine. Most of the devices have a hole at the center that increases oxygen flow for instant aeration and unlocking the aromatic flavor and taste in your wine.
Most in-bottle/ stopper devices are ideal for standard wine bottles. These devices include Wine Twister, Rabbit Aerating Pourer, and VinOAir. These aerators also make it easy to pour your wine into the glasses.
Handheld wine aerators
Handheld wine aerators are devices that you hold over a glass and pour your wine through them. Handheld aerator devices come with a screen, a stand to hold the device above the glass, and a base for the aerator. The stand saves you the effort of holding the aerator when pouring wine into your glass. These devices are ideal for aerating your wine due to the fact that they allow more air to flow into the wine within a short period of time, leading to faster aeration. Handheld aerators are ideal when you want to serve your wine in a short time. The common handheld aerators include Ullo and Vinturi Line.
This device sits on the lip of your glass or decanter. This style of aeration is similar to handheld aeration and is more convenient since it requires less work compared to handheld devices. In-glass/ decanter method allows for double aeration since most of the devices sit atop the decanters or glasses. The device comes with aerating fountain that vertically holds the bottle to enable the bubbles to flow up the bottle, initiating the aeration process. Your wine circulates inside the decanter and its broad base to undergo complete aeration. The common in-glass aeration devices include VinOair and Vinturi.