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The Vinturi Wine Aerator

Let It Breathe: The Vinturi Wine Aerator

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be featuring some wine geek stocking-stuffer ideas. The first one up is an elegant little device called the Vinturi wine aerator. This is one of those products that might arouse suspicion among skeptics, but all signs point to credibility. This aerating accessory is designed to accelerate a wine’s “breathing” time and enhance its bouquet and flavors, allowing wine drinkers to enjoy the effects of decanting without waiting around for an hour or more.

I haven’t tried one out yet, but there are several favorable reviews online, and the Vinturi is certified for use and sale at more than 100 Napa Valley and Sonoma wineries

How to use it: Just hold the Vinturi over the glass and pour the wine through. The company says the device uses Bernoulli’s principle – that is, as the speed of a moving liquid increases, the pressure within the fluid decreases. The pressure difference in the Vinturi ostensibly draws in air, which is mixed into the wine for perfect aeration.

How to buy it: The Vinturi is available at http://www.vinturi.com/ and several retailers and wineries, for about $40.

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“The Vinturi Wine Aerator”