Or how to decant wine without spending over $1.
If you've read SkyMall recently, you should be convinced that you need a six-tier wine decanter to properly aerate your wine.
But is it true?
Aerating wine has many benefits. Above all, it improves the taste and restores the wine to its original intent. Letting a wine breathe allows it to releases the gases from storage that can contaminate even young wines. Aerating a wine through a decanter simply allows air to pass through the wine by cascading it through large, deep-welled glasses.
Most decanters still require 30 minutes or more of breathing before you can pour a glass of wine for yourself.
So SkyMall is correct in a sense.
Having many levels of aeration can quickly decant a wine. But it's simply not convenient to transport a delicate glass contraption through any part of anyone's house that has people living in it.
Instead, all you need is a whisk. If you don't have a whisk, you can simply use a fork.
First step, pour a glass wine into your drinking glass, then take the whisk and place it in the glass. Vigorously twist or rotate the whisk as bubbles develop a thick froth on top of the wine. This could take 30 seconds or more. The bubbles will quickly disappear depending on the wine. That's it!
Make sure you place the used whisk where you will not stain any cloth.
Once you experience a well-decanted wine, you won't want to drink another glass without whisking it.