Does the Vinturi Wine Aerator Really Improve Wine?
Love wine but tired of the hassle of pouring it into a decanter and waiting more than 30 seconds to drink it? Good news! Assuming you have any Yuppie friends, there’s a strong chance you’ll be the recipient of a Vinturi wine aerator as a holiday present this year. They’re all the rage (especially with types who already own The Rabbit bottle opener). The Vinturi wine aerator is a 6″-tall device that looks a little like a funnel and is meant to speed up the process of decanting. To use it, pour wine through the Vinturi into your glass, and watch the device take advantage of Bernoulli’s Principal, which states that as the speed of a fluid increases, the pressure within it decreases. According to a Vinturi rep, this “accelerates the natural blending of air and wine, revealing its true essence and character.” In other words, the Vinturi claims that it can do in a matter of seconds what a decanter does in an hour or more. Sounds good. But also sounds gimmicky.
We sat down with New York sommeliers Michael Madrigale (Bar Boulud, Boulud Sud), Francesco Grosso (Marea), and Jordan Salcito (Crown) for a blind tasting to find out if a Vinturi really delivers a better glass of wine.
A total of four wines of varying styles were tasted blind in four flights; each flight consisted of a glass that had been poured directly into the glass and one that had been poured into the glass through the Vinturi aerator. Each sommelier was asked to choose the wine they preferred and discuss the differences between the two glasses in each flight. Continue reading