Which wine aerator to choose?

which wine aerator to choose

There are many wine aerators . These have different designs, different uses and can also see the quality of their ventilation vary completely. Let's discover together the different wine aerators that exist and determine which aerator would be most appropriate according to your personal use.

Summary

What is a wine aerator?
What are the different wine aerators?
How to choose a wine aerator?

What is a wine aerator?

A wine aerator is a wine accessory used to breathe oxygen into red wine. This process allows instant aeration of the wine, which many amateurs and professionals seek.

The aim of aerating wine using an aerator is to strengthen the aromas of red wine, and sometimes white wine. This will make it possible to bring out more of the fruit aromas as well as the woody scents that can be felt through a good bottle of red wine.

There are many wine aerators. Aerators are inexpensive, others will be offered at a higher price. Electronic aerators, others called on-off. Let's explore the differences and benefits of each wine aerator and determine which aerator size would be best for you.

What are the different wine aerators?

As mentioned, there are several categories of wine aerators. Not all are used in the same way and not all are equally effective. Let's discover together all the wine aerators that exist.

Electric and electronic wine aerators

These wine aerators are quality wine accessories. They will allow instant aeration of red wine, or even white wine.

To use an electronic or connected wine aerator, you will need to proceed in several steps. The first step will be to add the absorption rod into the bottle of red wine, attach the rod to the cork allowing aeration. Finally, all you have to do is press the operating button so that your wine is aerated and then served.

Disadvantages of electric wine aerators

  1. Electric and electronic wine aerators are sold at generally higher prices than traditional aerator stoppers. Electric wine aerators are generally offered from €40 and their price can exceed €400 depending on the quality of it.
  2. Added to this, if your electric wine aerator does not have a battery, it will be necessary to plug it into an outlet or an electrical appliance in order to use it. This can represent a potential constraint. In case your electric wine aerator has a built-in battery, all you need to do is recharge it, place it on your bottle and then simply use it.
  3. An electronic wine aerator is prone to failure. If this is the case, it will no longer be able to function, thus preventing you from oxygenating your wine. This can be problematic if you are a professional whose activity requires using an aerator regularly.

Benefits of Electric Wine Aerators

These aerators, although they have certain disadvantages, also have undeniable advantages.

  1. Electric and electronic wine aerators can offer great aeration flexibility. Depending on the model you choose, it is possible to give your wine 6 hours of aeration, 12 hours or even 24 hours, instantly. No need to wait several hours to benefit from long oxygenation, the electric wine aerator is responsible for blowing enough air into your red wine to simulate aeration for several hours.
  2. Their quality of aeration of red wine may be superior. This is particularly true for high-end professional wine aerators (note that these easily exceed €200). These accessories provide instant, quality ventilation with great simplicity. They also allow you to vary the level of ventilation.
  3. Electric wine aerators, like manual wine aerators, will only aerate the poured wine. This way, the rest of the red wine in the bottle will be preserved. This is not the case for wine carafes. These will allow aeration of all of the red wine poured into it.
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Manual wine aerators

“Manual” wine aerators, which can also be called on-off, have advantages that are completely different from electric ones. And the same goes for the downsides.

Disadvantages of on-off wine aerators

  1. These accessories do not allow you to vary the aeration levels of the wine. The level of ventilation will be the same during each use. You will therefore not be able to carry out tests to know which level of aeration best suits your favorite wine.
  2. The quality of some wine aerators may be poor. This can be explained by insufficient oxygenation, or even a fault in the aerator. This is likely to happen with inexpensive manual aerators. From 20-25€, this type of problem is no longer supposed to be found with manual wine aerators.

Benefits of on-off wine aerators

  1. Indeed, these cannot fail. They do not have any electrical equipment, which makes them more easily usable. They are also much easier to wash due to a lack of electronic components. Simply run them under water to remove any wine deposits present.
  2. The wine oxygenates as soon as it passes through the aerator. When the wine passes through the accessory, air is blown into the very heart of the liquid, which allows instant aeration.
  3. Manual wine aerators are sold at much more attractive prices than electric aerators or connected wine aerators. This is easily explained, in fact, they do not have specific electrical components or technologies that could increase the final price of the accessory. Generally, manual wine aerators are sold between €15 and €40.
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Wine decanters

Wine carafes are accessories that allow the aeration and decantation of red wine. These are mainly made of glass or crystal. Like manual and electric wine aerators, wine decanters have advantages and disadvantages.

Disadvantages of wine decanters

  1. This accessory allows aeration and decantation of the wine . However, the aeration of the wine will be very long, it will take several hours. The aeration of the wine will take place naturally, without instantaneous addition of oxygen via an accessory.
  2. All of the wine added to the carafe will be aerated. It is not possible to aerate only one part of the liquid. Where an aerator will allow the oxygenation of the wine which will pass through the accessory.
  3. Wine decanters are much more fragile than aerators. These are made of glass or crystal. This means that a fall or impact can damage it, or even destroy it entirely.

Advantages of wine decanters

  1. Wine decanters are practical and very elegant accessories. They will allow natural decantation, enhancement of the liquid and can also serve as a decorative accessory. Their design is diverse and varied, allowing you to create an original or more classy decoration in a cellar, a tasting room or simply in a living room.
  2. The wine carafe allows aeration of the wine, as well as decantation of the latter. The 2 processes are different. Aeration consists of adding oxygen to the wine while decantation consists of separating the liquid from its deposits. It is not possible to decant a wine via an aerator, unless it has an effective filtration system.
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How to choose a wine aerator?

Now that we know the different categories of aerator, it will be possible to determine the criteria that must be taken into account when making your selection.

Among the criteria that should guide your purchasing decision you will find:

  • Your wine consumption
  • How you use the aerator (professional or not)
  • The budget available for the purchase of the aerator

Your wine consumption

Do you carry out tastings regularly or just from time to time? This will impact your choice of aerator.

In fact, a person who consumes wine regularly will have more developed needs than a person who only consumes it from time to time.

Regular wine tasting, through a professional or other activity, may require wine to be enhanced to detect all the aromas. At this time, a quality wine aerator will be recommended.

On the contrary, if you only enjoy it from time to time, with friends, family or colleagues, a high-end aerator will not be necessary.

Use of the aerator

Are you a wine professional? Wine merchant, oenologist, producer… A wine aerator is strongly recommended.

The quality of the aerator will be important. Indeed, it is an accessory linked to your professional activity, it is therefore important to have quality equipment which will last and provide you with the best quality of oxygenation. Opt for an aerator from €30-40. If your budget allows it, opt for a high-end accessory.

Are you a wine lover, but not a professional? An aerator offered at a lower price may perfectly meet all of your needs. Choose an aerator priced around €20 to €30.

The available budget

Finally, one of the main factors will be the budget that you are willing to allocate to this accessory.

If you have a reduced budget, choose equipment around €20 to €30. This slice will allow you to obtain an aerator which will provide quality ventilation. However, you will not be able to vary the aeration levels of your wine.

If you don't really have a limit regarding the purchase of your accessory, you can opt for high-end wine carafes or electronic wine aerators. Their price can easily exceed €200, but they offer different levels of oxygenation, ranging from 6 hours to 24 hours.

To summarize, there are electric, connected and manual wine aerators . The choice of a wine aerator will depend on your use of it (occasional or regular) and the budget available for the purchase of this wine accessory (€30 to more than €200).

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