kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits & lifestyle writer / wine educator

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Santa was good to me this year...

And brought me the Vinturi aerator that I mentioned on my blog a few months ago. I couldn't wait to try it out and see if it lives up to the hype...and I wasn't disappointed.

The first bottle we used it with was an Angeline Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from California that we were serving with seared duck breast with a fig reduction. Perhaps not the best example to test aeration, since it's already soft and pretty fruity. I had my husband aerate one glass of wine using the Vinturi. The other was just poured into the glass straight from the bottle. He waited until the bubbles dissipated until he handed me the glasses. One glass smelled "tight" to me, and when I tasted it, it just wasn't as soft or easy-drinking as the other one. I correctly surmised that the one I preferred had been aerated. We were impressed.

Last night, we tried it with a bottle of Clos du Bois reserve Merlot, with the same results. It's amazing to me that I could tell, without even tasting it, which wine had been aerated. The proof was right there.

I am looking forward to trying it with a young Bordeaux that really needs ageing. That will be a true test, in my opinion--to see if the Vinturi can simulate in just a few seconds the years of ageing often needed for Bordeaux.

This cool new gadget was sold out nearly all over before Christmas--my husband had a really hard time finding one, but wine.com came through for him. I'm sure the inventories have been replenished by now.

A tip if you plan on purchasing the Vinturi--be sure to rinse it out with warm water right after using it. There really it no good way to get in there to clean it, and once the wine turns to sticky residue, I can't even imagine how difficult it would be to get it clean.