The Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator is not exactly a kitchen essential, unless Frasier and Niles are dropping by, but it's a nifty item for wine lovers and gadget hounds.

The Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator is not exactly a kitchen essential, unless Frasier and Niles are dropping by, but it's a nifty item for wine lovers and gadget hounds.

It does the work of a decanter in a lot less time. You simply hold the device, a sleek acrylic gizmo with a no-slip grip, over a wine glass and pour the wine into the shot-glass-like opening.

The device pulls air into the wine with a satisfying glug, glug, glug as the liquid splashes into the glass, and presto: aerated wine. A highly unscientific before-and-after taste test on a serviceable pinot noir found the Vinturi-ized wine brighter and smoother than the non-aerated sample. It comes with a stand to catch the drips and a travel pouch.

It runs $38 to $40 at www.vinturi.com, amazon.com and winestuff.com.

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