Aerating red wine

Aerate your wine to perfection with the Precision Aerator.

In just seconds, you will experience the equivalence of extensive decanting and "breathing".

With the Precision Aerator, you will have full control of how much oxygen you add to each individual glass. Experiment & go beyond the taste you know. 

 

How to use

The Airtender® vinologists have compiled an aeration guide for wine in 4 type categories. This guide provides general advice on how to use the Precision Aerator with most red wines.

Of course, taste is personal, so we encourage you to experiment and find your perfect settings.

Red wines type 1

Light reds with lots of fruit, a smooth tannin structure and a subtle palette. A beautiful nose of red fruit and slight spiciness. 

Some of the grape varieties in this type category are:

  • Pinot Noir from Burgundy, Germany, New Zealand, Argentina or Chile
  • Gamay from the Beaujolais
  • Cabernet Franc from the Loire regions of Chinon and Bourgeuil
  • Merlot from the Bordeaux region

Use the setting button below to aerate, 1x5 second burst recommended.

Red wines type 2

Full, juicy red wines with a soft but powerful flavor. With the scent of dark red fruit such as blackberrys, light wood aging and hints of vanilla, with a slightly spicy character.

Some of the grape varieties in this type category are:

  • Blends of Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot from Bordeaux, California, Chile or Argentina
  • Blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc from the Bordeaux region
  • Blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petit Verdot from the Bordeaux region
  • Tempranillo from Rioja
  • Blends of Tempranillo & Garnacha from Rioja
  • Shiraz from Australia

Use the setting button below to aerate, 2x5 second bursts recommended.

 

Red wines type 3

Full bodied wines with complex tannin structures, an intense flavor and long finish. Beautiful deep scents of cassis, herbs such as thyme and laurel, as wel as sultry spices.

Some of the grape varieties in this type category are:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon Grands Crus from Bordeaux
  • Merlot Grands Crus from Bordeaux
  • Blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc Grands Crus from Bordeaux
  • Nebbiolo Barolo & Barbaresco from Piemonte
  • Brunello (Sangiovese) from Tuscany
  • Super Tuscans from the Toscane region
  • Tempranillo from Toro and Ribera del Duero
  • Aglianico from Taurasi

Use the setting button below to aerate, 2x5 second bursts recommended.

Red wines type 4

  • Dessert wines
  • Port
  • Madeira

Use the setting button below to aerate, 1x5 second burst recommended.

The effects of Precision Aeration

1x 5s Primary fruit aroma is clearly noticeable (smell and taste). Tannin structure is still noticeably present in the wine’s finish.

2x 5s The primary fruit note is less present; the wine is more balanced. Tannins are softened, pleasantly integrated with primary fruits and acids.

3x 5s In most cases, the tertiary ripening aromas are strengthened, and the tannins are well integrated in the wine.

Reference Table

Aerating Red Wines Reference