Do these devices deliver on their promise to improve the flavor of wine? We tested five to find out.
If you don’t want to wait the standard 10 to 30 minutes for your red wine to “breathe,” devices called wine aerators promise instant gratification. Held above a wine glass or inserted into a bottle, an aerator exposes the wine to air while you pour, a process designed to instantly reduce volatile chemicals that can impart a harsh or flat flavor. We poured a 2005 Bordeaux through five models priced from &29.95 to $39.95, comparing each with wine poured straight from the bottle. Wine poured through all the aerators had a smoother taste than wine poured straight from the bottle, but one had markedly improved flavor and aroma. The Nuance Wine Finer ($29.95) slips firmly into the neck of the bottle to aerate wine as it’s poured.