Thank you for visiting our Vintilator wine aerator website, we really appreciate you taking the time to drop in on us.
We would, of course, love for you to purchase an aerator from us. If you already have your mind made up on doing so, you can order without delay by visiting Amazon.com, by clicking on the link directly to your right.
However, if you would prefer to find out more about our aerator and aerators in general, please read on as we hope to answer your questions.
Our wine aerator is one of the in-bottle types. Before we started production of this particular type of aerator, we took all of the pros and cons of all of the other types and decided that overall, this was the best aerator that we could produce for a great price. They are manufactured from very durable acrylic and silicone.
The reason that we wanted to go with this design is that it has many benefits, which we have listed below.
- The fact that it is an in-bottle type means that it leaves you with one hand free. Many people like to hold up their glass in one hand while they pour with the other hand. They like to see the color of the wine as it runs down the inside of the glass. This action also gives the wine a secondary aeration by exposing even more of the wine to the air.
- They are easy to use and clean. After the cork or cap is removed from the bottle, simply plug the aerator into the neck of the bottle and pour. When it is finished with, just remove it from the bottle and rinse for a few seconds under the faucet and place it back into its stand.
- There are two anti-drip shields that stop any stray splatters of wine. One is by the air intake holes and one is by the silicone bottle connector.
- The pouring spout is angled for accurate pouring and there is a tiny notch in the opening which gives the wine a more concentrated flow.
- It comes with a stand which means that once you have finished with it, you can sit it in its stand which is a great way to firstly keep it away and safe from all of the utensils in your kitchen drawer, and also make it easy to grab at a moments notice.
You can find out much more about the features by visiting this page on our site – vintilator.com/featuresofvintilator.html
Why Should You Buy From Us?
When you purchase a wine aerator from us, you will also get a free foil cutter to cut the foil from around the top of the bottle, plus a vacuum bottle stopper for sealing up the bottle if for some reason you didn’t finish it.
These items alone retail at $6.99 and $5.99 respectively.
Should you have any issues with the aerator, whether it be the construction, reliability, if you don’t like it, or anything you are unhappy with, we will of course give you a 100% refund or replace it, as you wish.
We think that our aerators plus bonus provide excellent value. If you consider other brands that produce a comparable product and they don’t come equipped with a stand, a foil cutter and a bottle stopper, and they retail for a similar price.
“Why Aerate Wine?”
Because it improves the taste and aroma.
All wine enthusiasts know about the benefits of “letting wine breathe” (aerating wine). Most other people will have heard the expression but don’t understand why it is done. They may do it because they think they should, but they don’t know why they do it.
To begin with, the word “aerate” means to expose to the air, or ventilate. In the context of aerating wine, it means to expose the air to the surface area of the wine.
Exposing the wine to the air leads to the onset of two processes that affect its taste and aroma. First of all, oxidation takes place and secondly, evaporation occurs.
Oxidation is a chemical reaction that occurs when oxygen comes into contact with certain compounds or substances. It is what causes fruit to turn brown and iron to go rusty. They become oxidized.
There are substances within wine that occur naturally and are added for various reasons, such as helping to preserve, and create the character of the wine. These substances, including sulphites, sulphides and most significantly, tannin, can cause the wine to taste harsh, particularly in young red wines.
When these substances come into contact with the air, they become oxidized. The less desirable compounds are predisposed to oxidize quicker than the beneficial compounds. The chemical reaction that occurs through oxidation of these compounds, has the effect of improving the flavor and making the wine taste smoother.
Evaporation also gets rid of some of the less favorable compounds, but just as importantly, it releases those wonderful aromas that have been locked away within the wine since it was bottled.
Smell, along with taste, is very important to experience the whole flavor of a product, particularly wine. Without smell, we wouldn’t experience the aroma of the wine and the wine would be far less enjoyable.
What Does A Wine Aerator Do?
A wine aerator is a device that is designed to speed up the process of aerating wine, or letting it breathe. It “opens up” the wine, improving taste and releasing aromas, as it is poured, rather than having to let the wine breathe for a couple of hours before consuming it.
How Does A Wine Aerator Work?
There are many different types of aerator that function in various ways, but they all designed to perform the same basic task, and that is to introduce an abundance of air to the surface of the wine in real-time.
There are four basic types of aerators which I have listed below and will explain how they work.
In-Bottle Aerators – Air Intake Type
This type of aerator fits into the neck of the bottle. This is a great benefit because it leaves one hand free, and you don’t have to worry about pouring the wine into the aerator at the same time as directing the wine from the aerator into the glass.
They work because they have little air intake holes in them and as the wine pours through the center of the aerator, it creates a vacuum which sucks in air and introduces that air into the wine as little bubbles.
They are clever in that the air intake holes also fill the bottle up with air as the wine vacates the bottle. If this didn’t happen, very little wine would pour because of the vacuum in the bottle.
In-Bottle Aerators – Swirl Type
Once again, this type fits into the neck of the bottle. There are no fancy aeration systems with them, they simply use gravity and the wine swirls around the inside of them. As the wine swirls around, there is a lot of its surface that comes into contact with the air, which aerates the wine.
It is a very basic design but it does the job that it is intended to.
Hand Held Aerators
This type of aerator looks like a funnel and has to be held above the glass or decanter. As opposed to the in-bottle aerators, they need to be held which means both hands are being used, plus there is the issue of pouring from bottle to aerator then aerator to glass. It’s not much of an issue, more of a slight inconvenience.
As the wine is poured into the funnel it gets directed into a small flow. As with the in-bottle type, this stream passes by small holes and the vacuum pulls in air which gets combined with the flowing wine as little bubbles. The aerated wine flows out the bottom of the funnel and into the glass.
There are some brands that you can buy a tower that holds the aerator.
Top of Glass Aerators
This style of aerator sits on top of the glass or decanter and is like a funnel in nature. Their benefit is that they leave one hand free.
Once again, wine is poured into the funnel and it is concentrated into a small stream. The way they work is slightly different in that they don’t usually have small air inlet holes to mix the air with the wine.
Because they sit on the rim of the glass, they work by splitting the wine into very small streamlets that aim at the inside of the glass. Because the streamlets are so small and a lot of them, there is a large amount of the wine’s surface area coming into contact with the air, consequently the aeration.