David and I love wine. We enjoy a glass or two a few nights a week with dinner. Most of the time, we each prefer a glass of red wine.
I haven’t always been a wine lover. In fact, until David and I started dating in October of 2007, I didn’t care for wine at all. Like most novice wine drinkers, when I did drink wine, I tried sweet rosés. Of course, I have no problems with a good rosé. However, I severely limited myself, afraid to branch out.
David encouraged me to try other things. Thanks to his military career, he traveled the world, visiting over 20 countries. All the while, developing an appreciation for the wines each culture offered. David had also enjoyed a wine-tasting tour in California when he worked for Microsoft and went on a work-sponsored retreat. He relishes storing a variety of wines, so I grew accustomed to trying a taste of his wine from time-to-time. I found that I prefer pinot noir, cabernet, shiraz, syrahs, and a rare blend.
Through the years, I have also learned to enjoy a variety of wines, so we keep our selection completely stocked. Why? Because not only do we enjoy having a glass occasionally, but a nice bottle also makes a great hostess gift.
This photo represents a small sub-selection of our current stock. We also have more in the pantry – plus two “special edition” wines. I have a “Game of Thrones” themed bottle, and Día de Muertos themed bottle. I also collect the corks.
Epcot Food and Wine Festival – Adult Disney Vacation
We both love delicious food and just-the-right-wine so much that we just got back from our vacation at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. We tried wines from around the world, including a new-to-me African Pinotage. With 35 different booths from many different countries, you could say the wine world became our oyster! It kinda took the sting out of having our vacation unexpectedly interrupted by Hurrican Irma, but that’s a story for a different post. I don’t want to “whine” about that 🙂
Favorite ways to drink wine
So, upon returning from our vacation, I curiously polled my Facebook friends and asked them to share their wine drinking tips. I was surprised by their responses:
- David’s favorite advice: “Drink what you like.” Since most wine just boils down to fermented grape juice from a barrel at the end of the day, pair wine with what you like. Want a red burgundy with your tilapia? Then go for it! Nothing stops you from drinking whites at room temp or chilled reds. Be bold. Don’t be afraid to break with tradition.
- Don’t drink alone. Share with a good friend or intimate companion. Cooler days call for the warmth of a fireplace and an unusual bottle.
- Let your bottle breathe for about 30 minutes.
Alicia’s Favorite Wine Tip – Vinturi Wine Aerator
Have you seen the episode of “How I Met Your Mother” where Lily and Marshall host a wine tasting, and she becomes agitated because the guests insist she lets the bottle breathe? Yes, most high tannic wines such as Malbec, or inexpensive wines, really do taste better if you “air them out.” In fact, it wasn’t until I discovered this that I started enjoying wine. Since a wine bottle doesn’t allow enough of the liquid’s surface to contact with air, you need a decanter for this purpose. Depending on the wine’s age and type, ultimate softening takes between 10 and 30 minutes. But, want to know my secret for speeding this process along?
Using AKHomery’s venturi wine aerator virtually eliminates the need to use a decanter. The Venturi effect happens when liquid flows through a chokepoint. The effect decreases pressure but increases velocity. A Vinturi aerator is a glass tube within a tube. It also has two holes on either side that suck in air as liquid passes. Simply pour your wine through the aerator and directly into your glass. The aerator sends the wine through the tube and past the air-sucking holes to perfectly aerate your glass without a lengthy wait. Also, since it comes with a sediment filter, it’s useful for decanting vintage wines as well.
Typically, you don’t need to decant lighter body wines such as most whites, Pinot or Tawny ports. Vintage Portos, Malbecs, Cabs, Syrahs, blends, and cheap wines usually benefit from a little aeration to soften the tannins. But if all else fails, refer to David’s tip – drink it how you like it.
Currently, this is the only hand-blown glass vinturi aerator I am aware of. Since it’s glass, I don’t have to worry about BPA. However, I do want to find a case for this so I can travel with it in my purse. Too many restaurants do not have decanters, and I don’t want to wait 30 minutes to enjoy a glass with my meal, anyway. As a plus, AKHomery also offers a money-back guarantee. I’m keeping mine, though!
It’s also easy to clean. It comes with a stand that catches drips. But when you wine-enjoyment is complete, run clear water through the aerator.
This AkHomery Venturi aerator is a perfect gift for any wine lovers in your life. It arrives well-packaged. Just throw it in a gift bag with a lovely bottle of wine, and you are ready for the holiday season. It’s also the perfect size for a stocking-stuffer.
Check out this video I made showing how easy it is to make your red wine delicious in a hurry:
Do you drink wine?
What are some of your favorite wine tips?
Have you ever decanted or otherwise aerated your wine?
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