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Wine Gadget Review: ArT18 Wine Preserver

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ArT18 Wine Preserver

Gadget Review: ArT18 Wine Preserver

Purchased at: Donated by ArT18 who requested that we review this product*

Introduction:
There’s a question that any wine aficionado has to answer every time they open a bottle. Do I finish the bottle or not? On one hand, really enjoying a good bottle of wine is one of life’s pleasures. Unfortunately, leaving part of a really good bottle to slowly oxidize is one of life’s great tragedies. Ok… it’s not really that big of a tragedy compared with most world events but it’s a damn shame. Read More

Wine Gadget Review: Ventorosso

How to Aerate Wine

Aerating Wine With the Ventorosso

Gadget Review: Ventorosso
Purchased at: Donated by Ventorosso Ventures who requested that we review the product.
Cost: $29.99 from Ventorosso.com

Introduction:
The folks at Ventorosso reached out to us in late 2014 to do a review of their wine aerator. Unfortunately, we used the same Cabernet Sauvignon that we had used for previous aeration tests. Why unfortunately? We used a really good Cab which in past tests, was big enough but also young enough to yield really good test results. It became our go to wine for testing. So what’s the problem? Well, aerators by design are supposed to soften tannins of younger, more aggressive wines and therein lies the problem. The one that we used in the past had aged so nicely, that it didn’t need aeration anymore, and in fact, was almost indistinguishable from an unaerated wine. That meant that we needed to redo the test with a younger wine with bigger tannins. Read More

Life After Death – Where Wine Barrels Get Reincarnated

What happens to wine barrels when they have outlived their usefulness? Of course there is the ever-present wine barrel planters. Hell we have a bunch of them ourselves, but life goes on for a large number of wine barrels because they get repurposed for making other beverages, most often Whisky and Bourbon. Why the sudden interest in old barrels?

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Aerating Wine Using A Wine Carafe

Wine Carafe

Our Trustworthy Wine Carafe. We’ve Used It For Years.

Gadget Review: Wine Carafe

Purchased at: Virtually anywhere (Ok maybe not a 7-11, gas station McDonalds but anywhere that has wine supplies will have them). We’ve had ours for about 15 years.

Cost: $10.00 to $300.00

Introduction:
Our series of wine breathing tests seemed incomplete without giving the tried and true wine carafe a shot at “fame”. It’s the oldest and most commonly used gadget but it typically requires at least 20 to 30 minutes of breathing to do the wine justice. Our tests are geared to those of us who work long hours and don’t have the time (or patience) to wait half an hour to enjoy red wines. Read More

Rabbit Aerating Pourer (by Metrokane) Review

Rabbit Aerating Pourer

Rabbit Aerating Pourer

Wine Gadget Review: Rabbit Aerating Pourer

Purchased at: Online – Amazon.com

Cost: $20.00 to $30.00, depending upon where it’s bought

Introduction:
This is the third in our series of aerating devices, designed to quickly and effectively aerate wine. The Rabbit is one of the most well known devices so we decided to it would be the guest of honor at our next test. Read More

Vinturi Review

Vinturi Review

Pouring Wine Through A Vinturi

Gadget Review: Vinturi for Red Wine
Purchased at: A winery but they are available from hundreds of internet web sites as well as various kitchen and home ware stores.
Cost: Pricing ranges from $30.00 to $35.00

Introduction:
Because this is far and away the most common wine breathing “gadget”, we decided that a Vinturi review was the first we would do in our blog series on techniques and gadgets designed to accelerate wine breathing. Besides providing useful advise to our readers (we hope it’s useful at least or this was a colossal waste of time), I have a vested interest in seeing the results of these blogs. I’m inherently not a patient person. I aspire to learn to be as patient as a two year old in a toy shop. Yes, I’m actually that bad – well, almost that bad – I don’t believe I have actually thrown a serious tantrum since I was a kid although my wife may disagree. Read More

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