Holiday gift ideas for wine lovers: Tasting kits, virtual classes, gadgets and wine TV

Holiday gift ideas for wine lovers: Tasting kits, virtual classes, gadgets and wine TV

WinePrO2 injects oxygen directly into your wine to instantly achieve the same results as two hours in a decanter.
By 
Dave McIntyre
Dec. 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EST
I’m skeptical about wine gewgaws that promise instant gratification, such as aerators that were all the rage a few years ago. These noisy funnels through which we pour wine, mimic the effects of letting it “breathe” in a decanter for a few hours. Wine takes time, and rewards patience. There’s an “emperor’s new clothes” aspect to these gimmicks, leading us to taste what we are told to taste.
That said, there’s a new gizmo that intrigues me, called WinePrO2. It’s inventor, Tom Belcher, describes it as “an oxygenator, not an aerator,” because it injects pure oxygen rather than air into the wine in your glass. A short burst will bring a fresh pour instantly to the oxygen saturation level you gain from letting the wine breathe for two hours in a decanter, Belcher told me in an interview.


My unscientific trials seem to validate Belcher’s claims. Used on a tight, young, tannic red wine, a quick squirt from the WinePrO2 certainly made the wine taste fruitier and more accessible. I don’t know how long that effect lasts, but I can see definite uses for this device in the wine geek’s armory. When the party runs long and you want to open another wine but there’s no time to decant — spurt it with O2! If a wine tastes reductive or funky and you think, “let it air out for a while” — no, give it a spurt! When using your Coravin — a device that extracts wine from the bottle without removing the cork or oxidizing the wine — WinePrO2 can help preview how the wine might taste in a few months or years. The WinePrO2 offers instant gratification — or at least a hint at
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Dave McIntyre
Dave McIntyre writes about wine weekly. He also blogs at dmwineline.com.Follow

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