We recently purchased online this unique item to test through one of our retail partners - International Wine Accessories ( International Wine Accessories ). Hailed as a means to quickly aerate any wine into either a glass or decanter, this unique tool enables wine to ?open up? and reveal the bouquet, mouthfeel and taste in much less time than it would take by either just uncorking the bottle or decanting normally.
When we received the Vinturi it was quickly apparent that substantial design and engineering went into the concept of this patent pending wine accessory. Simply put, because of a design that speeds up the fluid flow, as the wine moves through the Venturi, a low pressure condition is created that allows air from two adjacent holes to be ?sucked into? the wine stream, all without the aid of a pump or any external device.
Who could have imagined that our old friend Bernoulli?s principle would one day affect how we drink wine. His formula,
laid the groundwork for the initial design, but old fashioned hard work was required to determine just the right fluid flow, air inlet size and placement. Truly unique!
After marveling at the sleek and beautiful design, we put it to the test. We performed a blind tasting of an un-decanted, somewhat young cabernet sauvignon from the glass and bottle, standard decanting with and without an ordinary funnel, and then aeration using the Vinturi into both a glass and a decanter. The results were as claimed. The large molecule esters were enhanced, providing a broader bouquet without the normal ?intensity? of alcohol vapors. The quick aeration provided a more velvety mouthfeel that lingered longer on the tongue to release more subtle flavors. And lastly, we noticed a pronounced difference in the finish with a softening of tannins and release of some of the usually present volatiles.
100BestWines highly recommends this product and every wine lover should own one!
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- Michael Zanatta
Michael is a freelance writer and wine connoisseur whose family vineyards are in the Veneto region of Italy.