You may have noticed that fancy restaurants prefer to open your red wine and leave it to aerate or ‘breathe’ for a while before pouring your glass, or that you are encouraged to swirl your wine glass when tasting a new bottle for the first time. Often you will see wine aerators used professionally. This is because exposing your wine to air causes oxidation. When this happens, the unwanted and volatile compounds in the wine, such as ethanol and sulfites will evaporate more quickly and leave you to appreciate more of the aromas and floral bouquets of your wine.
However, leaving your bottle of red wine to breathe before pouring can be frustrating for most wine drinkers, even the very patient ones. The good news is that by purchasing a wine aerator, you can speed up this process and aerate your wine instantly. Aerators come in a range of sizes and designs, with many different features. However, they all provide a small chamber where wine mixes with the necessary oxygen levels before then reaching your glass. By first moving the wine through this chamber, the volatile compounds evaporate and leave only the best tasting wine. This process can also eliminate unwanted sediment from your glass.
Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer
If you’re looking for a product that provides the basic aerating functions but does it well, then this Wine Aerator Pourer by Vintorio does just the trick. Its large chamber and air intake system is designed to provide your wine with the optimal amount of oxygen as it passes through, leaving only the very best to enter your glass.
This product slots into the neck of your wine bottle, and its rubber stopper is both tapered and ribbed to ensure that no red wine leaks or drips out when in use, no matter what size of wine bottle you have. The pour spout is ergonomically slanted so that you can hold the bottle at a comfortable angle and easily pour, avoiding spills.
Made with high quality, FDA approved materials, this product is a basic, yet effective and good value wine aerator.
- Large chamber
- Tapered rubber stopper to avoid leaks
- Ergonomically slanted
- Good value for money
- No storage case
- Can only be used in the neck of a bottle
Aervana Original: One-Touch Luxury Wine Aerator
At the top of our price scale is this One-Touch Luxury Wine Aerator from Aervana. Manual aerators look very sophisticated, and this expert piece of wine pouring equipment is also aerating and dosing your wine easier than ever before.
To use, place this great-looking piece of kit on top of your wine bottle, with the long tube reaching down into the bottle and the wine. Then, hold your glass at the end of the metal spout, and press the button on top of the aerator to draw up and pour the wine.
This product is electrical and requires six AAA batteries, so while it makes life incredibly comfortable, it is worth bearing in mind that there are small running costs, and the product is not dishwasher-safe. This product is by far the most expensive we’ve reviewed, but for a real luxury product used to impress at dinner parties, it may be worth the extra investment.
- Looks great
- No need to pour
- No accidental spills
- Needs batteries
- Not dishwasher-safe
Vinturi V1010 Essential Red Wine Aerator Pourer and Decanter
Getting rid of unwanted sediment from your bottle of wine can be a challenge, and although many aerators promise to do this, few are as well-equipped as the V1010 Essential Red Wine Aerator Pourer and Decanter from Vinturi. Unlike other products, this aerator does not fit in the neck of the bottle. Instead, it is held above your glass while you pour the wine through the filter.
The filter screen is an excellent feature, as it removes unwanted substances from your wine as it is poured and passes through into the aeration chamber. With a patented design, you are unlikely to find similar products on the market that can function in the same way as this item. The product also comes with a no-drip stand, to store your aerator when not in use and without making a mess. What’s more, this product is even safe for dishwasher use.
- Filter screen to remove sediment
- No drip stand
- Top rack dishwasher-safe
- No storage case
- Takes longer to clean
TRIbella Classic Drip-Free Wine Aerator
We all know that the process pouring a glass of your favorite red wine can in itself be deeply satisfying, but this is taken to a whole new level with this TRIbella Classic Drip-Free Wine Aerator. Prepare to rediscover a world of great-tasting red wines and watch how this product beautifully pours your favorites through not one but three aerating spouts.
This highly engineered product is perfectly designed to provide maximum aeration as it pours, despite being sleek and slender, unlike some of the other products with large aeration chambers. A small air vent above the spouts provides all the oxygen that is needed to create a smooth and delicious red wine immediately.
Made from a polycarbonate base and Stainless Steel pouring tubes, this high-quality product will be sure to last a long time. It even comes with a protective carrying case, keeping it safe and making it an excellent gift for any wine lover.
- Three pourers
- Sleek design
- High-quality materials
- Convenient storage case
- Great gift
- Not the cheapest product we have reviewed
Despite having four excellent products on our list for the top wine aerators, in our eyes, there is one clear winner that stands head and shoulders above the rest. The TRIbella Classic Drip-Free Wine Aerator not only produces a great tasting wine but looks great while doing so and is sure to be any wine lover’s new favorite accessory. For a little bit of money, you can transform any bottle of red into a thing of beauty, all in a matter of seconds. What’s not to love about that?