Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wine Tasting for Beginners

As you may know, a group of friends and I are having a wine tasting next month. As previously mentioned, I know very little about the art of a proper wine tasting. I am doing my research and will know whatever it is you're supposed to know as a beginning wine taster. I do know that wine is supposed to 'breathe' for a time before it is tasted, in order to receive the fullness of the aroma and flavor. I saw this wine aerator on the Today Show, and may give it a try. The one shown above is by Vinturi.
Have you tried a wine aerator? If you have, what do you think? If you haven't, would you try it?


Bob Dwyer said...

Hi Klou,

I've tried 3 different instantaneous wine aerators: the Vinturi, the Respirer, and the Soiree. Wine aerators accelerate the process of exposing wine to oxygen, so they are really only a convenience item for when you're in a hurry; they don't do anything that you couldn't achieve equally well by popping the cork on a bottle of wine and letting it sit for a few hours.

Wine aerators might be a good accessory that would increase your enjoyment of wine, but I wouldn't consider them a necessity. A test you could do to see whether the difference aeration makes is meaningful to you is to pour a glass of wine a few hours prior to drinking the rest of the bottle. If the glass that's been sitting out seems better then wine aeration might be worth getting into.

Also worth noting is that not all red wines benefit from aerating. Wines that I consider good candidates for aeration are: young red Bordeaux, bold Aussie Shiraz, and big Napa Cabs.

Hope this helps!
Bob Dwyer
The Wellesley Wine Press

Klou said...

Yes, it absolutely does help, as I am trying to learn as much as I can, and have a ways to go before I know what I'm doing. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Come back anytime.

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