Wine Comparison With and Without a Wine Aerator
If you have ever heard of wine aerators you are probably wondering whether they are really worth buying or not. Oftentimes the best way to find out is to borrow one from someone you know. This way you can give it a try and then you’ll know whether or not to buy one for your own home. A wine comparison is the best way to run this experiment, and there are several points to remember if you are going to do it properly.
Prepare your glasses
Remember you’ll need more than one glass because you are going to taste your wine before and after it has been run through the aerator. It’s good to wash them both out so you can make sure they are completely clean. Don’t make the water too soapy and let them drain naturally onto a cloth if you can. It means you can be sure they’re properly dry.
Have a drink of water ready
You’ll need to take a mouthful of water to rinse out with (you can always swallow it if you like, just for the sake of this test) between your two glasses of wine. This is so you get a fresh clean palate to taste the second glass as part of your wine comparison.
Uncork the bottle
Don’t do this until you are ready. This way you’ll know you have a freshly uncorked bottle of wine to test. The biggest results will be seen with red wine, so bear this in mind! You might be surprised at the change in taste.
Pour a glass of wine straight from the bottle
The first glass should be poured directly from the bottle. There’s no need to pour a whole glass – just under half will be plenty for the purposes of trying this experiment.
Pour another glass through the wine aerator
Get the aerator in place over the top of the glass; follow the instructions that came with the aerator as they all work slightly differently. Pour the wine through until you have around the same amount in the second glass as you do in the first.
Perform your wine comparison
Remember which order the glasses are in so you know which one wasn’t left to breathe and which one was aerated by your gadget. Now it’s time to do your taste test!
Try the un-aerated sample first, and then rinse out your mouth and try the aerated sample. You should notice an appreciable difference between the two. You can try this with white wine too if you wish, although the results are typically not as pronounced as white wine is not as heavy as red.
As you can see you can have a lot of fun doing this and trying different wines at different times. It’s fairly safe to say however that once you have tried it for the first time, you will be eager to do a wine comparison with your very own wine aerator instead.