When it comes to wine, if you’re anything like us, then you’ll appreciate a nice wine, or two… and having the right piece of equipment for the right job makes the wine experience even better. However, in a minefield of specialty pouring vessels, aerators and storage systems, it can become tricky when choosing the best tool to get the job done.
We caught up with Joe Wagland, Group Food and Beverage Manager of Abode Hotels who shared some top tips, for a top drop.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of having the right style of glass for specific wines, or that storing your wine in climate-controlled wine cabinets can extend the life of your wine by years. But let’s take a look at what I believe to be one of the most underutilised wine devices on the market – a wine aerator.
The wine aerator is something each serious wine drinker should own. It’s a small device that can do an amazing job of bringing the full character and life out of a glass of wine. The basic theory is that by allowing oxygen to contact a larger surface area of the wine, the flavour becomes more pronounced. Most aerators on the market simply fit into your bottle and are poured through, or are hand held. They generally move the wine around in a way that increases the air contact. Unlike a decanter, an aerator does not do a good job of separating any wine sediment, but they’re perfect if you want to only serve a glass or two. Aerators are mostly used for red wines but can certainly be used for your favourite white wine also.
OUR TOP PICKS
One of the best on the market is the Vinturi reserve red wine aerator. It’s patented technology spins the wine while drawing air through it and comes with a great matching non-drip stand. The Vinturi does a fantastic job of aerating the wine and looks great too. Also available is their tower set.
Reserve Red Wine Aerator, $79.95
Myer, Canberra Centre
The Coravin aerator works hand in hand with your Coravin wine preservation system. The Coravin preservation system is by far the best product on the market for keeping your open wine in tip top shape. The Coravin aerator fits on the end of the preservation system and forces the wine through a shower like device. Perfect for enhancing and lifting fruit flavours.
For an aerator that is a little easier on the budget you could also try the Le Crueset Aerator Pourer. This aerator fits into the end of your bottle and is a good looking, easy to use option.
WA143 Aerator Pourer, $40.00
Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre
Failing all the above, you can always follow these three simple steps;
- Stay with Abode Hotels
- Purchase a bottle of wine from Abode Pantry Online (delivered straight to your room)
- Pop the top and pour yourself a glass the old-fashioned way,