What Does a Wine Aerator Do?

A wine aerator can make a $10 bottle taste like a $30 bottle.
Wine Aerator with Stand


Wine aeration enhances the flavor and aroma of your wine. By allowing oxygen to mix with the wine, aeration forces undesirable compounds, like sulfites, to evaporate, leaving behind only the desirable, aromatic, and flavorful ones. With a wine aerator, you can make a $10 bottle taste like a $30 bottle in seconds.


We’ve all heard the phrase, 'Let it breathe,' but what does that mean for your wine? When you open a bottle, the wine starts to mingle with the air. This interaction is crucial because oxygen plays a significant role in bringing out the wine's best aromas and flavors. However, simply uncorking the bottle and letting it sit around isn’t always enough to achieve optimal aeration. In fact, allowing the bottle to 'breathe' on its own can take 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the wine.

Enter wine aerators: the handy gadget designed to give your wine a breath of fresh air—literally! These devices mix oxygen with the wine more effectively and quickly than just letting it breathe in the bottle, cutting down the wait time and ensuring you get the most out of every pour.


Tannins are natural compounds found in grape skins, seeds, and stems that contribute to a wine’s structure and astringency. Aerating can help soften the tannins in wine, reducing that undesirable dry feeling and bitter taste. Aerating wine can also mellow its acidity, creating a smoother, more enjoyable drinking experience. 



Wine Aerating Pourers

An aerating pourer is a small wine tool that fits onto the neck of a wine bottle. As you pour the wine, it passes through the aerator, which mixes it with air. This type of aerator is incredibly convenient because it’s easy to use and portable. It’s perfect for those who want to aerate a single glass of wine without any fuss.

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Decanters with Aerators

A decanter with a built-in aerator offers a sophisticated solution. Unlike all-glass decanters that rely solely on increased surface area for aeration, these wine tools combine the benefits of traditional decanting with the efficiency of built-in aeration. Pouring wine through the aerating device allows it to mix thoroughly with oxygen, enhancing its flavors and aromas while also filtering out unwanted sediment. Larger in size, decanters can hold an entire bottle of wine, which makes them perfect when entertaining.

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Decanter Accessories

If you already have a beautiful, traditional wine decanter that you love, you may discover it lacks a built-in aerator or sediment strainer. However, there's no need to replace it entirely! By adding a decanter accessory to your existing setup, you can enhance its functionality and enjoy perfectly aerated wine every time.

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Aerating your wine is a simple yet effective way to enhance its aroma and flavor. Whether you choose an aerating pourer or a decanter with an aerator, you can elevate your wine-drinking experience effortlessly.



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