Let Your Wine Breathe With an Aerator
If you’ve ever been to a wine tasting, you’ve probably heard some strange terminology — like "let your wine breathe." Though it may sound strange at first, exposing your wine to air for a short period of time pre-drinking allows it to oxidize, which, in turn, softens the wine’s flavors and lets it release its aromas. TL;DR: Your first sip will both taste better and smell richer.
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If you don’t want to spend a ton of time messing with decanters, you can now aerate your wine in the amount of time it takes to pour a glass. In a matter of seconds, the Vinturi Wine Aerator mixes your pour with the right amount of air, making for a better bouquet, a richer flavor and an undeniably smooth finish. Looking for more bells and whistles? Try the Coravin Aerator, which turns an hour of decanting into a quick, minutes-long process with even more satisfying results. However, this aerator must be used with the Coravin Wine System: While pricey, the device allows you to pour wine without removing the cork, meaning there’s no need to finish a bottle in one sitting.