Vinturi Wine Aerater – best deal


Posted on : 29-01-2010 | By : admin | In : General

vinturitower-deluxThe Vinturi wine aerater is a fast and simple way to let your good red wine ‘breathe’ so you can enjoy it immediately without having to wait for an hour for it to open up.

Clearly there are huge benefits to this system for many people. Firstly for the red wine lovers amongst us enjoying a bottle at home. How many times have we opened a big red such as an Amarone or a top Bordeaux blend and poured out a glass and spent endless minutes swilling it to aerate it. Only the surface of the wine is in contact with the air so this technique doesn’t really do the job. Then will the second glass taste anything like the first? What if we want to top up our guests glasses before they’ve emptied them?

We could of course decant the wine, assuming we own a decanter. Again this is a little tricky, a steady hand is needed to avoid spillage – and wastage, and watch that bit of sediment sliding down the bottle neck – too late, it’s in the decanter! Now try and pour from the decanter into your glass! We also want our guests to know what they’re drinking. If I’ve splashed out £30 plus on an Amarone I’d like my friends to appreciate it and admire the bottle and savour the wine - not have the next door neighbour pour herself a pint from the decanter thinking it’s come from a 3 litre Tesco box! I like to introduce my friends to different wines to expand tasting experiences, so rather than have several bottles of the same wine I prefer to have several different ones to compare and discuss. If we’re having three different reds over the course of an evening how many decanters will we need? And, by the end of the night, will we remember which wine is in each one?

With the Vinturi you simply pour your wine through the device into your glass. During the process the unique design sucks in just the right amount of air to aerate your wine and it’s ready to drink. The Vinturi Delux has it’s own stand so you place your glass on the stand under the Vinturi and pour your wine through – simple. It works on a vacuum system, no batteries or mechanical parts to go wrong, and after use simply flush it by pouring through some water.

Does it really work?

Yes. I’ve tried it on several big reds by pouring one glass straight from the bottle, the other through the Vinturi. The Vinturi wine has a noticeable increase in aroma and flavour immediately. In fact the system is so successful that Vinturi are being used in Michelin starred restaurants in the USA and the UK.

How much? Where can I buy one?

They’re widely available from wine merchants and gadget retailers. The standard Vinturi has a retail price of £39.95 and the Delux £59.95. Personally I’d splash out on the delux model. A few retailers are discounting them by a couple of pounds but the best value for a Vinturi is who include a free bottle of Rapitala Rosso IGT Sicilia (worth £8.67) on the standard model, or a free bottle of the superb award winning Zevenwacht Syrah Stellenbosch (worth £14.95) on the Delux model. After all, you’ll want a good bottle of wine to try it on!

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Impending wine price increases!


Posted on : 23-01-2010 | By : admin | In : General

Yes, yet again we have more price increases on the way. With VAT having been restored to 17.5% a case of wine at £10 per bottle now costs an additional £2.50, which goes straight to the Treasury. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Further increases are imminent. From Darling’s budget two years ago, Excise Duty is set to increase by 2% ‘above the rate of inflation’ which is currently at 2.9% this month. That means an additional 5% Duty which is 8 pence per bottle plus VAT of course, on wines under 15%abv. Wines above this, and sparkling wines, will increase by even more.

So this will mean Excise Duty on a bottle of wine from an EU country will be approximately £1.70. Wines from outside the EU also attract a separate Customs Tax. So if a bottle of wine sells for £10 there’s £1.49 VAT and £1.70 Excise Duty – £3.19 going straight to the Treasury. That’s £38.28 on a case of 12!

If a wine sells for £5 a bottle, there’s still £1.70 Excise Duty with 75 pence VAT – £2.45 in total taxes. If you allow for production costs, bottling, labelling, packaging, international shipping, UK transport, importer’s margin and retailer’s margin – all coming out of the remaining £2.55 – then how good do you think a £5 wine will be? According to renowned wine journalist Malcolm Gluck, the supermarkets work on a margin around 33% so they would be making £1.67 per bottle, leaving just 88 pence to cover all the other costs including the producer’s! So we can clearly see how the UK government and the supermarkets are responsible for driving down the quality of wine available in the UK and at the same time driving wine producers out of business.

Sadly the days of buying a decent bottle of wine, made traditionally with minimal additives, for £5 are long gone, never to return. £10 is now the benchmark figure for a reasonable wine, and closer to £20 for something special. It’s likely that taxes will keep increasing year on year so if you’ve got some spare cash now’s a good time to buy some decent wine and lay it down.

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