As a man of a certain age, I can remember rushing home from school every day to watch Superman on TV. Without fail, every time the mild mannered Clark Kent stepped into that phone booth he was transformed into the bold Man of Steel.
I’d like to offer you a simple and relatively inexpensive tasting tool that can transform even the most modest wine into one bold enough even for Superman: the wine aerator.
The simple and effective way to thoroughly aerate wine in seconds is to use a wine aerator. These aerators are designed to mix just the right amount of air with the wine to allow it to breathe instantly. The result for both reds and whites is better bouquet, enhanced flavor, and a smoother finish. Aerators have an especially dramatic effect on young, tannic reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, where they can add the equivalent of a year of tannin-softening oak in a few seconds.
As a general skeptic of the many snobby or anachronistic practices surrounding wine, I was skeptical of these aerators at first. However, while visiting a tasting room in the Texas Hill Country, the pourista served me the same wine in two identical glasses, one poured through an aerator and one not. The difference was startling, and I bought my aerator on the spot. Try this test for yourself, and you’ll be a believer.