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Wine Aerators

Do these devices deliver on their promise to improve the flavor of wine? We tested five to find out.

Published July 1, 2009

What You Need To Know

When you open a bottle of red wine, you can either wait the standard 10 to 30 minutes for it to “breathe,” or you can use a new device called a wine aerator. Held above a wine glass or inserted into a bottle, these devices are designed to expose the wine to air while you pour, speeding up their interaction, a process that can improve the flavor of wine.

We poured a 2005 Bordeaux thro...