Three Things to Look For in Wine Aerator Stoppers and Decanters

Get some air in your wine.

Wine doesn’t require all the ceremony and pomp that some experts show, with the swilling and the swirling and the spitting and examining and who knows what else. But if you’re starting to really get into wine, there are some tools which can help you, at very little cost and effort, start to make the most of your wine experience. An aerator is one of those.

Maximum Contact

The wide-bodied design of this container exposes the contents to the most possible air, for maximum aeration. Le Chateau

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Aeration is an intimidating word that refers to something you’re probably doing already. Essentially, exposing wine to air—just regular air, the stuff you breathe—triggers some chemical reactions, which can sometimes have beneficial effects. Sulfites and sulfides, both naturally occurring and added for preservation purposes, can smell and taste a little unpleasant, and exposing the wine to air will lessen them.

Thin Stream

The technology of this product works by restricting the flow of liquid as it pours, exposing it to more air. Haley’s Corker

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Another positive benefit aeration can have is evaporation. You may have noticed that some wines, when you first crack them open, have a strong alcohol smell, almost medicinal and certainly not pleasant. Because smell and taste are so tied together, if you drink that wine right away, you’ll get too much of that ethanol flavor. Aeration, though, will cause some evaporation of that excess alcohol, reducing the smell and improving the flavor.

Fast Acting

A clever design exposes liquid poured in this item to tons of air, all at once. This process takes three to five minutes for full oxygen exposure, rather than 30. YouYah

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Not all wines, though, benefit from the kind of extreme aeration these gadgets provide. White wines often don’t improve very much, thanks to a lower quantity of certain chemical compounds. Very old wines will actually start to taste flat, fairly quickly, after being opened. Aeration is ideal for younger red wines, especially deep, earthy ones.

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Simple and Effective

This stopper’s design uses Bernoulli’s principle to quickly spin the liquid and expose it to more air as it pours. TenTen Labs

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No Drops Wasted

Thanks to a rubber stopper that’s both tapered and ribbed, this product will also help you avoid spilling wine as you aerate. Vintorio

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