Today we reviewed an interesting product: the Menu Winebreather Carafe. This wine carafe set combines a wine decanter with an aerator top.
The aerator helps oxidizing the wine as the liquid goes through it. You can read more about the benefits of aerating wine in this article.
What does the vendor say about it?
The vendor describes the Menu Winebreather Carafe like this:
- This elegantly designed carafe aerates your wine in one easy step.
- Simply press the decanter onto the top of an opened bottle of wine and flip it over so that the wine pours into the decanter.
- You can serve the wine from the decanter, or flip it back over once it’s done and pour the aerated wine back into the bottle and serve from the original bottle.
How does it compare to other carafes and decanters?
The main and obvious difference between the Menu Winebreather Carafe and standard wine decanters is that it includes an aerator, right on the carafe’s mouth.
In order to aerate your wine, you simply clip the carafe upside-down on the bottle, secure it firmly, and turn the whole thing around. The bottle upside-down this time. Then the wine gently pours into the carafe, through the aerator.
Once your bottle is empty, you can either keep the wine into the carafe, or turn everything again and wait until the wine goes back into the original bottle.
So as you can see, it really isn’t your standard decanter.
Also, it comes with an air-tight stopper which allows for keeping your wine in great shape for a few days.
However, for crystal lovers, this carafe is just glass, and pretty thin at that. While it gives it a very nice look, it can be fragile at times, so be extra careful, particularly when cleaning it. It is best to clean the carafe thoroughly with hot water before the wine dries inside.
How does it compare to standalone aerators?
The vast majority of users say it: the integrated aerator gives great results. Better than a lot of standalone models. While it won’t make a Grand Cru Classé out of a Vin de Table, it can definitely do a lot to salvage a mediocre cru.
The aerator part is pretty solid, made of plastic and metal, and can be of service for many years. If you manage to keep the glass carafe intact, that is.
Another good point is that you don’t need an extra recipient to hold the aerated wine. You can either use the carafe, or pour back everything in the original bottle.
What are the Pros?
- aerator and carafe conveniently combined
- can be sealed for keeping the wine fresh for a few days
- quite beautiful and mesmerizing to see the wine slowly pour
- gives really great results for even mediocre wines
No product is perfect, and we want to give 100% honest reviews to our readers. Here are some flaws we noted:
- not appropriate for old or fragile wines
- not appropriate for wines with sediment
- the glass can be fragile and must be handled carefully
- takes some time to aerate a whole bottle
- no serving lip can make it difficult to pour wine to a glass
Who is this carafe for?
As you can see, the Menu Winebreather Carafe gives great results on young wines that need oxidation.
However, it won’t do any good to old, fragile wines, or those with a lot of sediments. Quite the opposite, it will shake the sediments and make the whole bottle bitter.
Also, as it takes some time to aerate a whole bottle, it’s probably better suited for parties or diners rather than for an every day convenience. That said, with the air-tight stopper, one could argue the opposite, aerate a bottle and drink it over two or three days.