How to Get the Best Flavor from a Young Red Wine


If you’re a wine connoisseur, you know the importance of aerating your wine, especially if you’re drinking a red wine that is less than 8 years old. If you’re not familiar with this process, aeration is simply adding air to the wine in order to open up the flavors and give it a fuller body while reducing the astringent nature of young wines. The traditional method of aerating a wine is quite simple. When pouring your wine, hold the bottle as far away from the glass as you possibly can. When the wine lands in the glass, this will create bubbles and add air.

The downside to traditional aeration is that it can be messy. What’s more, this is not always the best way to aerate wine. While it will improve the flavor of your wine, it won’t be as improved as it would be if you choose to use a wine aerator and decanter.

There are quite a few wine aerators on the market today. Some companies try to make the aerator as simple as possible by creating one that fits directly into the mouth of the wine bottle. The wine pours through the aerator spout, which has bumps in it to provide additional aeration. Many people prefer these models because they are easy to use and quite small.

However, if you want to get the most aeration without having to let your wine breath for an additional period of time, you want to consider an aerator that has a small decanter attachment. When you use this type of aerator, the wine passes through three aeration zones to maximize the air that goes into the wine. The decanter portion is still quite small compared to a traditional decanter, but this type of device will be a little larger than one that fits into the mouth of a wine bottle.

Regardless of the type of aerator you use, you’ll find that adding air to your wine can make a big difference in the quality of the taste. Aerators are fairly inexpensive, so if you don’t love one, you can try another without breaking the bank.