I'll often bring mine to a restaurant when I didn't have time to decant my wine ahead of time ... a vinturi plus a bottle takes up less room on the table than a decanter does (usually) ... and sometimes the restaurant doesn't even have decanters available for use.
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Originally posted by Brashley:
I'll often bring mine to a restaurant when I didn't have time to decant my wine ahead of time ... a vinturi plus a bottle takes up less room on the table than a decanter does (usually) ... and sometimes the restaurant doesn't even have decanters available for use.


I have brought mine a couple of times. The waiter usually asks what it is but it hasnt ever been a problem.
It was a snowy holiday yesterday, so what better to do than stay home in front of the fire and drink some good vino with the wife? Don't ya just love a good snow day! I know I do...wish we had another day! Wish we got snow like I used to back home in Chi-town!

We have been drinking pretty good lately...I guess that is what happens when you are running out of room. LOL! -mJ
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Originally posted by Randy Sloan:
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Originally posted by Gibby:
Anyone else find them to be fragile ?


Mine had a crack start from one of the little aerating holes up. It wasn't dropped.

Anyway, I tend to avoid using them as I think it changes the wine but doesn't necessarily improve it.


yea same here after hand washing it ...
It would be interesting to test how much decanting this device offsets. For example, take two bottles of the same young wine. Open one and pour a glass and let it sit out for an hour. Then open the second bottle at the end of the hour, and pour three glasses, one through the Vinturi, one just straight into the glass, and one immediately after a splash decant. Take the four glasses and try them blind.

Probably not worth the effort for regular guys like us, but that's the kind of methodology you wish wine writers for the magazines and newspapers would use to see if and how much these kinds of devices actually work.
I was leary of this device when it was fist introduced but now i am a firm advocate for this. I have had almost the exact tasting described in the previous post and found the wine run through the Venturi to have preformed the best. I have met the inventor and was surprized to find out the working for this unit. Very interesting. Great product.
I first saw the Vinturi used at a Restaurant about 2 or 3 years ago. I had so much fun with it, I bought one and still use it often, especially when opening wine before its time!! Red Face

I enjoy using the Vinturi, and think it affects the more delicate wines, like Pinots, more than those huge Cabs. When using the vinturi with a Cab, I'll usually pour it through the vinturi multiple time before I get the desire results. Can I attain the same results by double decanting, shaking and aerating and etc.?? Absolutely, but its not as much fun as using the Vinturi. Anyway, that sound the Vinturi makes while the wine is being poured thru it makes me think its really working hard! Eek I like this gadget! Cool
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Originally posted by budman:
Gibby must have used a hammer to get it out of the box!!! Eek


Budman

I have been called a caveman but I only use my hammer for important thing like opening 1947 Cheval Blanc Big Grin

It seems I am not the only one who has had a problem with breakage.

I would have loved to use it least once so I can comment on it effects on wine. Frown

Gibby
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Originally posted by Gibby:
I got one as an Xmas gift and broke it taking it out of the box. I never had a chance to use it Frown

Anyone else find them to be fragile ?

Gibby



Gibby

How did it break? Confused

I bought 7 for these gadgets for gifts and no one has complained that breaking was a problem. Also, I've owned a Vinturi for 2 or 3 years and have not had any problems with breakage.
Latour

It was just bad luck but I managed to grab it on the rim and must of pulled it up on angle and snapped a piece off. ie like taking a glass out of a box by the rim and snapping a piece off.

I bet I could not do it again if I tried !!!

Funny the person asks how I like..... I really do not know how to tell them I never used it Frown


Gibby
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Originally posted by latour67:
I first saw the Vinturi used at a Restaurant about 2 or 3 years ago. I had so much fun with it, I bought one and still use it often, especially when opening wine before its time!! Red Face

I enjoy using the Vinturi, and think it affects the more delicate wines, like Pinots, more than those huge Cabs. When using the vinturi with a Cab, I'll usually pour it through the vinturi multiple time before I get the desire results. Can I attain the same results by double decanting, shaking and aerating and etc.?? Absolutely, but its not as much fun as using the Vinturi. Anyway, that sound the Vinturi makes while the wine is being poured thru it makes me think its really working hard! Eek I like this gadget! Cool



I recently received the Vinturi as a gift. I just opened a bottle of Melville Viognier, and my bride and I did a blind tasting of wine from the bottle, and wine passed through the Vinturi. I can not believe I'm saying this, but it did make a difference, and a positive difference at that.

Just to make sure, I requested a second blind test, and the results were the same... positive for the Vinturi device. Red Face Big Grin

Our daughter, home from college this weekend got a big kick out of this. She was our official "non-biased" tester. It goes without saying, she now wants one to take back to Austin, which means $$$ out of my pocket, but it is the role of a Dad to enhance and educate my little enophile. Cool
I have yet to see a restaurant take wine seriously in Minneapolis. Whites served out of the cooler, reds not decanted, etc. The only restaurant I have been to that takes wine seriously is I Nonni a great Italian restaurant. Most restaurants don't even own a decanter.
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by Randy Sloan:
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Originally posted by Gibby:
Anyone else find them to be fragile ?


Mine had a crack start from one of the little aerating holes up. It wasn't dropped.

Anyway, I tend to avoid using them as I think it changes the wine but doesn't necessarily improve it.


yea same here after hand washing it ...


The cracks are supposed to be there. They come with something that explains it's part of the design...
My brother-in-law brought one of these with him when our families were on vacation last week. We used it all the time.

I did note some improvement when using the Vinturi. Certainly there was no harmful effect in using it. I used it a lot with the bottles of port we drank in the evenings (tawnies, rubies and a young vintage).

At the end of the week I was told to expect one as a gift, probably at Christmas.
They really do work. I thought it was a one size fits all but there are aerators specifically for red and white wine. Used on younger red Bordeaux and Burgundies they work a treat. I have yet to try one with port - will give that a go once the weather cools off!
My wife chased one down for me years ago before they were in every Crate and Barrel and wine shop. We've done countless experiments and have found it to be very beneficial.

A few weeks ago while leaving work, I could see a black Lamborghini Gallardo coming up past me. After listening to the beautiful music coming from the exhaust, I couldn't believe it when I saw the license plate, "VINTURI". I wanted to pull up to him and tell him that I bought one of his lug nuts for him, but he was driving like a typical S. California supercar driver (a maniac) and he dissapeared over the horizon.
I have one as well and have used it for a year or two. I had one that didn't have the strainer piece that fits into the top but have since received that piece as well (thanks to a nice employee from Nordstrom!) and I like it even better.

I too saw that a few months ago that Vinturi started making aerators specifically for white wine. Which begs a couple of questions: 1) What would make it different that you couldn't just use the other one and 2) who really aerates white wine anyway?!
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Originally posted by Rothko:
I think that Vinturi is missing out on a lot of sales. They need to use the Riedel approach and make an aerator for each varietal.


Well, they already came out with a red and a white version. Maybe there are more on the horizon.

I however am a Riedel believer in some of their glasses. Some wines definitely taste different in different glasses. Believe it or not... -mJ
As I've mentioned before, when using the Vinturi, I can taste the difference in a Pinot Noir, more than a Cabernet. The Cabs require more treatment and I usually use the Vinturi several times with a Cab, and only once, or twice with a Pinot Noir.

I enjoy the Vinturi and have purchased six or seven as gifts, but decanting with an aerator into a decanter, then shaken vigorously, should provide about the same results, IMO. I do enjoy the noise it makes, and figure that it must be doing something with all than noise. Smile

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