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The Aermate Wine and Spirits Aerator review

on January 14, 2014 11:00 am

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I swear my wife and her friends are in search of the perfect bottle of wine (think of it as looking for the end of the internet), and they will be on this never-ending crusade to their dying days ;). Over the years, the conversation of aeration has come up many, many times. Our various circles have tried the classic methods of oxygenating: letting the bottle stand with the cork out, using a decanter, swirling the wine/liquor in the glass, etc. The Aermate Aerator is a device designed to aerate your bottle of wine or glass of spirits much more quickly and effectively.

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The Aermate Wine and Spirits Aerator is made of food-grade stainless steel and silicone. It’s engineered to infuse air from the bottom of your drink or bottle up.

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I was surprised and impressed at its material and build quality; it’s actually very well made. The metal shaft and fittings are nicely machined, with the silicone thick yet nearly effortless to use.

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The business end of the Aermate Aerator is a Microbubble Tip, with holes finer and smaller than a grain of sand, half the diameter of a human hair.

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Those tiny holes create a multitude of microbubbles that more effectively introduce air into your drink. According to Aermate:

“The Aerator delivers air in the form of tiny microbubbles that break down and increase surface area contact between the liquid and the air.  This maximizes oxygen exposure and total air volume delivered in a very short amount of time.”

The bubbles are so small and many, they are more like a foam than what I classically think of as “bubbles”. The microbubbles dissipate quickly. Aermate says you can use the Aerator in a full bottle of wine, but we found that it froths a lot and could easily overflow. Once the first glass has been poured, it is no longer an issue. There was some concern by a few folks that the end of the wand could break a glass if jammed into it too far/quickly/drunkenly…

Here is video by Aermate explaining/showing how their Aerator works.

Theory of Aeration (at least according to Aermate):

The reason that aeration makes these drinks better is that it unlocks the natural flavors that are resident in them.  Bourbon, scotch, wine, tequila are made from organic natural products.  Grains, corn, agave and grapes.  For wine tannins are a plant’s natural acid to protect it.  It actually comes from the German word Tannen meaning tree.   By infusing air it softens the tannins, reduces acidity, lowers sulfite levels and improving drinkability.

The Aermate Wine and Spirits Aerator is a zero-tech device, but it is clearly a gadget nonetheless. My wife, several friends, and I have tried the Aerator on various types of wines and liquor (scotch). The overall consensus is that it does mellow the flavor of drinks we used it on. That said, the Aerator is definitely easier to use than decanting and quicker than having to wait for your wine to breathe.  The Aermate Aerator is relatively inexpensive and effective at injecting air into your drink.  If you’re looking for a nicely made drinking accessory for yourself, a friend or drinking buddy the Aermate Aerator could be it.

 

Product Information

Price:Approximately $35
Manufacturer:Aermate
Pros:
  • Food-grade stainless steel & silicone construction
  • Well made
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Mellows flavor of wines and liquors
  • Inexpensive
Cons:
  • None

Comments

  1. 1

    I heard that this device may remind some of the opening scene of Wolf of Wallstreet.

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    Donald Schoengold says:

    The problem w your tests is that you probably did not compare aerated and non-aerated wine and it you did you probably knew which ones were aerated. The only true test would be to aerate in the kitchen and bring out the 2 samples in identical glasses.

    Did you do that?

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    Donald Schoengold says:

    The problem w your tests is that you probably did not compare aerated and non-aerated wine and it you did you probably knew which ones were aerated. The only true test would be to aerate in the kitchen and bring out the 2 samples in identical glasses.

    Also, I can pick up an aerator stone from a fish store for $3.00 Add a bulb for maybe $5 max and you have the same product except that it costs $8 instead of $35. Somebody is making a lot of money on this.

    DON

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    Dave Rees says:

    Our method was to uncork a bottle and immediately pour the wine into our glasses. Take a sip and discuss the flavor. Then we used the Aermate to aerate each glass in succession. Take a sip and again discuss if there was any change in the taste/flavor of the wine. We tried this on several bottles of wine. Aeration did mellow each of the different wines enough to be noticeable.

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    James Morton says:

    I have the poring kind and decanters. This was much better in that it showed immediate results. I have seen other cheap toys but nothing made of stainless steel.
    @ don if you want cheap crap then use some plastic, glue and duck tape to aerate your wine fix your car and repair your vinyl siding. Food grade stainless is not cheap as I am in the appliance/restaurant business.
    Cheers to the guys who developed this! Prime amazon has it free shipping!

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    Bob Aloo says:

    Wine drinkers remind me of the pot smokers from college. Always fawning over their method of getting high. In the end it’s about getting high. If you think its more tastie along the way… all he better.

    Cheers

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    James Morton says:

    @bob love it. so true. we do like our high and my bong is better!

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