Every year since I lived in NYC, we’ve made Thanksgiving – I call it ‘My Very British Thanksgiving’. I just enjoy the fact that its a non-denominational day that everyone can ‘celebrate’ without the need for gifts or tinsel – not that I have an issue with either, but sometimes I just want it to be about food.
So I used this year’s Thanksgiving dinner to try out the amazing Vinturi Wine Aerator, which has finally arrived in the UK. If ever there was a wine gadget to beat all wine gadgets this is it! The Vinturi allows wine to breathe as it pours, therefore making it taste better.
I don’t know too much about the technicalities of wine, I just enjoy drinking it, so I’ll hand it over to the experts to give a brief summary explaining about the ‘perfect glass of wine’
Wine which has been allowed to breathe tastes better. As wine breathes, it opens up, and releases its intended aromas and flavours. Traditionally, decanters were used to aerate wine; however, decanting is time consuming, cumbersome and inconvenient. Vinturi’s patented design speeds up this process with ease and convenience.
The design applies Bernoulli’s principle, which states that as the speed of a moving fluid increases, the pressure within the fluid decreases. When wine is poured in the Vinturi, its design creates an increase in the wine’s velocity and a decrease in its pressure. This pressure difference draws in air, which is mixed with wine for perfect aeration.
Put simply, the vinturi is designed to give a glass of wine a better bouquet, enhanced flavours and a smoother finish – ie it smells better, tastes better and gets rid of a bitter aftertaste.
So of course, I had to put it to the test!
It was a bit like the Coke/Pepsi taste test, but with wine. I bought a bottle of Aussie red from my local Tesco’s and took out two wine glasses. I summoned my father to do the pouring – one using the Vinturi and one without.
As an aside, there’s a fascinating sound of the wine being poured through the Vinturi which makes it seem like something interesting is happening – and regardless of the outcome, with a wine accessory like this, thats important!
I tasted both glasses and had to say which one I thought tasted better. Without any knowledge of which glass was which, I chose the first one I tasted and unbelievably that was the one which had the Vinturi. There was a distinctly cleaner taste – I’m not a huge red wine fan because I find the tannins do give a bitter aftertaste, but I didn’t taste this at all with the first glass.
For wine fans, the Vinturi is definitely something different to give your loved ones as a gift. And if, like me, you don’t know your merlot from your cabernet, the Vinturi really does make a difference to the taste. It also sports a stunning clear and curvy design that sits nicely on the supplied stand, or you can store it in the wallet that it comes with.
The Vinturi can be found in a number of online stores, including Amazon and zavvi.com for £39.95 or less – now only £15
But if you’d like to have a chance to win a Vinturi in time for Christmas, I’m pleased to have been given one to giveaway, courtesy of the very lovely Vinturi.com