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Amenities, Supplies, Services,Wine

Big things come in small packages… Vinturi Travel

Vinturi Travel is a great Father’s Day gift, which I was considering to give to my Jose this year…

I need to digress for a bit, though, first.

Yesterday was my youngest daughter’s birthday. She was born on Father’s Day on June 15, 1980. For years, Jose thought it would be a great laugh to make me a mother on Mother’s Day. I got the last laugh, however, by making him a father on Father’s Day. Consequently, this day is now really special to all of us in this family…

For those of you out there that are fathers, let me also wish you a great day a bit ahead of time, because I won’t be blogging on Father’s Day. I’ll be cooking for our family. I want you each to know that Dads make the world go round in many wonderful ways, and you’re to be commended for all of your hard work, 24/7/365.

Now, off to Vinturi, which I toyed with giving Jose for this Father’s Day, as I mentioned. I went in another direction, though, because his cell phone has been so sluggish lately. He’s constantly working with his phone, so I had to go the practical route.

Meanwhile, I get to keep the Vinturi for myself. For that, I’m delighted. I love wine gadgets!

Just when I thought my wine geek bag couldn’t get any geekier, the Vinturi Travel gadget has just been added to it. I love it!

Why decant?

Wine that has been allowed to breathe really does taste better. As it breathes, it opens up, releasing its aromas, flavors, and the tannins break down. Decanters also aerate wine; but, decanting is time consuming, cumbersome, and sometimes very inconvenient.

Vinturi speeds up this process for perfect aeration in the time it takes to pour a glass of wine.

C’est Dan le Sac!

Years ago, I got a Riedel wine glass bag. It’s so cool that it was stolen from me at an event… That’s a great endorsement, honestly. It was so cool that someone just had to lift it. Of course, I had to buy another one.

I keep a Master Sommelier’s glass in this case, plus a Pinot glass. (Sorry, MS glass, but I still love a huge globe for Pinot Noir.)

Two other staples are a waiter’s cork screw (for simple openings) and an ah so (for when things go bump in the night with pulling a broken cork).

You can see that my decanter can’t possibly fit into my bag, so God bless the Vinturi Travel! It also features the ability to be dishwasher safe, and that’s a great benefit.

So, for those of you still wondering what to get your dads, this wine gadget would make a great Father’s Day gift. It’s something quick, easy, and very affordable. It has a $39.95 price tag… Every dad is worth at least that much, unless you’re a kid on an allowance, right?

It’s available at Brookstone, BevMo!, Wine Enthusiast, Nordstrom, and vinturi.com.

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4 Responses to “Big things come in small packages… Vinturi Travel”

  1. Vinogirl says:

    I hate to be a naysayer, but I personally think Vinturis beat up young wines.

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    Vinogirl,

    I agree with you that it can beat up younger wines, depending on the variety. For instance, I would never use this kind of aerating with a Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, or a Gamay. I *would* use it with a big bruiser Petite Sirah or Cabernet. Eliminating some of the tannins doesn’t hurt to get in there and and make the wine softer, quicker. I also wouldn’t use a decanting for an older wine… That’s what the aging would have already completed.

    Like anything else, use your devices properly. It’s like knowing the difference between hand stirring and using an electric mixer. Know your circumstances, know your toys, and proceed accordingly.

    Love my Vinturi for when the moment is right…

  3. […] addition to my wine accoutrements is the Host Deluxe Aerator. I’ve got a quick one called the Vinturi Travel, and I love it. It’s got one decanting function, and it […]

  4. […] Vinturi makes a host of aerators, and I’m a huge fan. If you don’t know, I’m the founding executive director of PS I Love You, the wine advocacy group for Petite Sirah. If any wine can greatly benefit from decanting, it’s definitely Petite Sirah. HOST has sent their products to me in the past and I’ve reviewed them, including a little travel aerator, which is perfect for Petite and other huge red wines. […]

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