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Old 05-08-2014, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Near Manito
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I enjoyed some wine last night at a friend's house. After having a glass from a newly-opened bottle, he skipped the "breathing" and decanting rituals, and poured the next glass through an acrylic aerator, of a type I had not encountered before. Since we had each had a glass from a newly-opened bottle, we were able to compare. We both concluded that the aerated wine was noticeably better-tasting.

Have other Forum members experienced this? I would appreciate comments.

Thanks!
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:21 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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Yes wine tastes better through the aerator. That's why people keep buying them
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Old 05-17-2014, 12:38 PM
 
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The advantage of an aerator is that you can "decant" glass by glass instead of the whole bottle at once. This is a benefit if you plan to drink the rest of the bottle over the next couple days. Oxygenation speeds the degradation of wine. So that double-decanted Pinot will taste tired & faded in 2 days while if it were aerated with the gadget it would still be fairly fresh.
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:44 PM
 
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I enjoyed some wine last night at a friend's house. After having a glass from a newly-opened bottle, he skipped the "breathing" and decanting rituals, and poured the next glass through an acrylic aerator, of a type I had not encountered before. Since we had each had a glass from a newly-opened bottle, we were able to compare. We both concluded that the aerated wine was noticeably better-tasting.

Have other Forum members experienced this? I would appreciate comments.

Thanks!
An aerator aims to let the wine "breath" without taking the time to wait with wine in the glass/in a decanter (it basically does so by exposing more of the wine directly to air as you pour). It is particularly effective, I think, if you plan on pouring a young bottle all at once for service. The pro is that the wine still opens up and you don't have to wait for it.

There are a couple of cons: 1) it won't remove any sediment, 2) it may be too harsh for older wines, and 3) you don't get a chance to taste the wine at different stages of aeration as you might if you drunk the bottle over the course of some time with just one other person.
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