The Different Types Of Wine Aerators

The Different Types Of Wine Aerators


While all aerators serve the same function, they are certainly not all created in the same mold. Some are meant to be used in the home, others for travel and some can even be used in conjunction with a decanter. So where and how you are going to use your aerator will help determine which one will be best suited for you. Below you can find some of the various styles available as well as their particular advantages and possible drawbacks.

Handheld — As the name states, these are the aerators that you would hold over a glass and pour the wine through. These include the Ullo line of aerators.

They will typically come with a screen, a base to place the aerator in when not in use and the Ullo can also be ordered with a stand that holds it above the glass saving you the effort of actually holding it. These are perfect for your wine serving area or bar as they are a little bulky but allow a large amount of air to get to the wine in a very short amount of time.

In Bottle/Stopper — These are probably the most convenient of all aerators to use as they fit directly in the bottle and can double as a stopper most of the time. The Wine Twister and VinOAir aerators are a few we offer. The screens are usually built right into these aerators and since they fit right into the neck of the bottle it makes pouring into the glass very easy. They may not maximize the amount of aeration the way a handheld larger aerator will, but they are fantastic if you are planning to bring one to a restaurant or your next dinner party.

In Glass/Decanter — Certain aerators will sit right in the spout of a decanter or even in a glass.

This style is similar to the handheld version, but requires a little less work. Vin0air can be used in this fashion as it will fit atop most decanters allowing for double aeration.

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From his first sips of wicker basket Chianti at his grandfather’s dinner table to a 1986 Premier Cru Gevrey-Chambertin, Tilden knew that there was something magical about wine. He earned his Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. Having been with Wine Enthusiast catalog since 2005, when he is not writing about wine he also runs the wine storage division and is head of W.E.’s in-house education program.