Culinarily Curious

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Step Up Your Wine Experience with an Aerator

I’ll admit it- I thought wine aerators looked pretentious. ‘Do you really need that extra step to open up the flavor?’ I thought. ‘Couldn’t you just swirl your ration around and let it breathe for a minute?’

You can, but man would you be missing out! My Aunt Jenee and Uncle Kent gave us this particular model for Christmas. For daily use, I actually prefer it over our decanter. Both filter sediment for those of us who don’t like that extra bit of earthiness, but the aerator seems to more expeditiously pull apart flavor.

A quick Google search confirmed my conclusion (gotta love the Internet when you’re second-guessing yourself). Wine Enthusiast says “So, what’s the difference? The difference is time. If you have limited time to spare and you’d like your wine to be softer, a handy aerator will do the trick in minutes. When time is on your side and you’re preparing a more leisurely meal or inviting over guests, a decanter is the best solution.”

I’ll agree with that too. There’s something very elegant about a large, statuesque decanter doubling as your centerpiece.

If you need a decent model of wine aerator, Vinturi works well for us, and judging by the reviews, lots of other people. This Riedel is my dream decanter; if you’d like something a little more budget-friendly, try this Luigi Burmioli.

For more tips on how long to decant, read this helpful post from Wine Spectator’s Dr. Vinny.

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This entry was posted on February 24, 2012 by in Drink and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

Who is writing…

I am a journalist, television host, yoga teacher, wife, mom, traveler, foodie and wino obsessed with optimizing both the food experience and the resulting health and longevity impacts of the food experience. My husband is a doctor and ultra-marathoner, and together, we are looking to subvert the negative health effects of the modern American diet by eating less processed food, meat and sugar. That doesn't mean we don't indulge now and then, it just means we're in pursuit of balance and overall health for our family.

Why I’m writing…

Not long ago, cooking bored me. I liked to eat good food, but never really cared what went into it. Today, I'm just a wee-bit obsessed with everything culinary and of course, hand-crafted cocktails, wines and beers to compliment each dish. Maybe it was the fact that my husband could cook and I couldn't. Maybe it was because I started thinking about what I fed my family after having my daughter. Maybe it was because I realized food and drink are the one, common thread that pulls people and cultures together. Whatever it was that turned me on to this passion, I'm here and I'm writing about it. So read along if you want to learn from my mistakes - because I'm trying to take culinary risks everyday, both in my kitchen and on our travels around the world.

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Resources for the culinarily curious…

foodbabe.com - Investigate what's really in your food. We were raised by a generation that believed if you could buy it, it was safe. We've never been farther from the truth.

winespectator.com - I love the how-to videos for wine novices. They also have great wine reviews.

The book "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hook Us" by Michael Moss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who investigates the calculating moves of the food industry and their disastrous effect on our health.

The book "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn isn't just for those with heart disease. Learn why our insatiable western diet has giving rise to this killer and how to reform your dietary habits before you become a statistic in this and other chronic illnesses.

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