How to use a wine aerator?

how to use a wine aerator

There are many wine aerators. They do not all have the same operation or the same performance. Let's discuss together the different ways to use a wine aerator .

Reminder: what is a wine aerator?

A wine aerator is a device used to add oxygen to the heart of red wine. This can also be used for white wine.

Wine aerators are popular because they are easy to use and make red wine better.

There are different wine aerators. It is possible to find decanters, electric and connected wine aerators, as well as manual wine aerators.

Want to know more ? Discover our article which explains how to choose a wine aerator.

How to use a wine aerator?

How you use a wine aerator will depend on the type of wine aerator you have or plan to purchase. In fact, aeration will not be done in the same way with a wine carafe as with an aerator that is installed directly on the neck of a bottle.

Using a wine carafe

The wine carafe is the easiest wine aerator to use. In fact, it consists of adding the wine to the carafe to see it oxygenated.

The specificity of this accessory lies in the ventilation time necessary to obtain sufficient oxygenation. It can last from around ten minutes to several hours.

The carafe, however, has one advantage. It will allow progressive aeration while allowing optimal settling. During the aeration process, wine deposits will accumulate at the bottom of the carafe.

To summarize, to use a wine carafe, you simply add the red wine to the carafe, place the carafe in a cool place away from the sun and the wine will be oxygenated and decanted naturally after several hours of decanting. rest.

Using an electric or connected wine aerator

The electric or connected wine aerator has a completely different use than the wine carafe.

Indeed, this accessory may require the addition of an absorption rod within the bottle. Then, you will need to connect the rod to the electric aerator. Finally, all you have to do is press the operating button so that your red wine is directly served aerated.

Some electric and connected aerators can be added to the neck of the bottle and all you have to do is serve the wine to aerate it instantly.

Also, certain connected aerators can vary the aeration level without making their use more complicated. All you have to do is add the accessory to the bottle, set the desired oxygenation level and serve your red or white wine.

Using a Manual Wine Aerator

The manual wine aerator, also called a decanter stopper or on-off aerator, is extremely easy to use. Simply add the aerator to the neck of the wine bottle and serve it.

There are also portable wine aerators. Put it above your glass, serve the wine by making sure it passes through the aerator above your glass. This way, your red wine will be filtered and aerated before ending up in your glass.

Step 1: uncork your bottle

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Step 2: Screw your wine aerator to the bottle

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Step 3: serve your red wine in a glass

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These aerators are the most popular and affordable. The price rarely exceeds €40 and they are of good quality.

To summarize, to use a wine aerator, all you have to do is add this accessory to your bottle of red wine and serve yourself. The wine will be instantly aerated by the aerator .

If you are using a wine decanter, add your wine to the decanter and let it sit so that it oxygenates naturally.

How long should a red wine be aerated?

The duration of aeration of a wine varies depending on the type and age of the wine you will consume.

By using a manual or electric aerator, aeration will be instantaneous. With a connected aerator, it is possible to obtain the equivalent of 6 to 24 hours of aeration, in an instant.

As for wine carafes, aeration will last much longer. This can last 30 minutes, or several hours.

It will be necessary to adapt this duration to the wine you have chosen: the older it is, the less it will be necessary to aerate it. The younger it is, the more it will be necessary to ventilate it.

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