The idea of aerating your wine may seem like a long-winded process, many believe that a wine needs to sit for 30-60 minutes (an hour?!) before being enjoyed. This falls under the same lines as someone saying you need to let your wine “breathe.” Aerating your wine essentially allows the wine itself to infuse itself with oxygen in order to let the wine’s flavors and aromas release. Sure, we’d all love to pour and drink, but if you want to get the most from your wine, aerating is key. However, aerating can be done immediately out of the bottle, or can be done within twenty minutes or so from uncorking.
Exposing wine to air does two things: it triggers oxidation and evaporation. Oxidation is what makes an apple turn brown after its skin is broken, and evaporation is the process of liquid turning into vapor. With aeration, usually the volatile undesirable compounds (since wine is made up of hundreds of compounds) , will evaporate faster than the desirable, aromatic and flavorful ones.
There’s more than one way to aerate your wine. I’m sure you’ve seen wine being swirled vigorously while inside the glass. There are many decanters out there that allow you to get the wine “breathing” much faster. A decanter typically has a wider opening which allows for more air to come in. Hence, better aeration. My preferred method would be an aerator. I’ve had several, and now I want to share with you all one of my favorite new wine gadgets! The Aervana Wine Aerator <3 Gifted to me this past Christmas from my husband.. the aerator to replace them all! Made a short and simple video below, and included some pictures. <3 Cheers everyone! Have an amazing weekend! -Talia