Made in France, Optiwine® uses what they term “nano-aeration technology” to improve the flavor of virtually any wine in only 10 minutes. Visually appealing, elegant and quite portable, the Optiwine Pocket Decanter is made out of clear and sturdy materials with the same texture and transparency as crystal glass, without its fragility.
There are three versions available singly or as a set. Each is specific to a type of wine and age.
– Optiwiner 4: For red wine from 0 to 4 years old.
– Optiwiner 6 : For red wine from 4 to 10 years old as well as white and rosé wine from 0 to 2 years old.
– Optiwiner 8 : For red wine over 10 years old as well as White and rosé wine over 2 years old.
We tried the various decanters using three bottles of the same brand of wine for each of the three Optiwine decanters by tasting:
1) the wine unaerated directly from the bottle
2) aerated with the Optiwine
3) and finally with our office Vinturi aerator
Both the Optiwine and the Vinturi smoothed out the rough edges of the wines (which were in the 415-$30 per bottle range). The Vinturi seemed to work best, and certainly quicker than the Optiwine. But, the Optiwine also brought out some of the subtleties which had been lost by the noisy aeration of the Vinturi. One definite improvement in aeration that the Optiwine provides is silence. You just sit back for ten minutes and it does its magic on the wine before it ever leaves the bottle.
If nothing else, it makes for an interesting conversation piece for your next wine party and they are easy carried in a pocket if you are going out to a fine restaurant.
GSN Rating: B+
Optiwine® is a company located in Cadaujac, in the Gironde, created by Michael Paetzold – a winemaker, vineyard owner and specialist in winemaking techniques with 25 years’ experience – and Olivier Caste, a wine lover and enthusiast.
For more information go to: Optiwine