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Vinturi: The fastest way to aerate red wine

If you’re in to red wine then this is one of those must haves, especially if you enjoy experimenting with powerful vintages that definitely need a bit of time to breathe.

It’s an arse if you get it wrong. Most good reds usually need half an hour or an hour or so to properly ‘breathe’. The difference in terms of bouquet, flavour and finish between open and 60 minutes later is often quite palpable. But what if a friend pops over? Or if you need to deploy another bottle of red right now? Vinturi is your friend. Let’s have a look at it:

To aerate your wine you simply pour directly from the bottle through the Vinturi Aerator directly into the glass. Job done. It’s ready to drink.

I love it. I think I’ll need to get one.

Here’s what Vinturi delivers:

Better bouquet: Sample the nose of the wine. You’ll appreciate the subtle aromatic differences and the full aroma of the wine. Vinturi allows wine to release its intended aromas.
Enhanced flavours: Take a sip. Vinturi aerated wine tastes better, richer and more expensive as well as more flavoursome with better mouthfeel.
Smoother finish: Vinturi aeration is very effective at softening tannins resulting in a much more pleasant finish. Any bitterness or bad aftertaste is reduced or eliminated.

And the science bit? I’m glad you asked.

The design applies Bernoulli’s principle, which states that as the speed of a moving fluid increases, the pressure within the fluid decreases. When wine is poured in the Vinturi, its design creates an increase in the wine’s velocity and a decrease in its pressure. This pressure difference draws in air, which is mixed with wine for perfect aeration.

There you go.

The Vinturi Aerator retails at £39.95 although if you shop around you’ll probably find it slightly cheaper. This is most certainly ‘job done’ for any of your wine-loving friends given Christmas is coming up.

Here’s the Amazon link:

Must Have Technology

Why you definitely need to buy the 3M Camcorder Projector

You definitely need one of these for Christmas.

Set aside your top of the range Nexus Prime, or your shiny iPhone 4S. The rest of the family don’t care about that. Granny doesn’t want to admire the latest capabilities of Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich. No. You need one of these to wow the family and friends this holiday season.

It’s from 3M and it’s their latest gizmo that’s going to make you really popular with your wife — because it promises endless hours of entertainment for even the most trying guests.

The name says it all: 3M Camcorder Projector CP45 (Amazon link). Yup. It’s a camcorder and it projects photos and video on to any surface. Think of it like a Flip camera with a super-high-quality projector directly integrated. The intent is simple: You film the children’s football game in the morning and then everyone can watch it later on projected on to your living room wall. Or, anywhere.

I haven’t had hands-on but the projection definition looks really, really smart. It takes photo and HD video. It’s got 2GB of memory on-board, enough for 1,000 photos and 25 minutes of HD video, plus the battery will last for 1.5 hours — enough to capture a lot of action. (You can, by the way, expand the memory dramatically with the MicroSD card slot — up to 32GB). There’s a built-in speaker and microphone and you can connect to some speakers if you really want to show a nice instant-replay.

The projector will display up to 65″ on almost any flat surface — don’t be surprised if your children take to shining it at themselves as it’ll work on clothing too. Ideal conditions obviously call for a bit of a darkened environment so you can see the output in full clarity.

The goodness doesn’t stop there though. You can connect your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone to the CP45 and it’ll project output from there. Plus it’ll do the same for games consoles and laptops. (Provided you get the right connectors). Absolute genius.

That’s the overview. Now have a watch of the funky video and it’ll show you just how the CP45 works:


The RRP is £299. You can now pick it up from an array of retailers online.

I recommend Amazon myself:

I think this is one of those products that you should have in your arsenal, especially with the holidays coming up. All you need to do is show your significant other (i.e. wife/girlfriend) the projection bit and I reckon they’ll be sold. That’s what granny is going to want to see and everyone will have a super time playing with it on Boxing Day. And of course it’s got a heck of a lot of potential beyond Christmas, especially when it comes to the children: Football games, rugby games, school plays, concerts, weddings.

It’s the immediate replay function that knocks this into the must-have-now category. You know when you film something (or take a photo of something) and then everyone else wants to see it? Rubbish. Because they typically have to look at a small screen. How cool will it be to actually say, “No, hold on, let me show you properly.”

Yup. I like this a lot. I’m pleased 3M have brought this to market. I hope to get a look at one shortly.

And here’s the CP45 spec sheet: