Menu Winebreather Carafe

Last updated date: August 20, 2019

DWYM Score

9.0

Menu Winebreather Carafe

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We looked at the top Wine Aerators and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wine Aerator you should buy.

Editor's Note October 2, 2019:
Checkout The Best Wine Aerator for a detailed review of all the top wine aerators.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 75 expert reviews, the Menu Menu Winebreather Carafe placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

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.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.9
7 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.2
615 user reviews

What experts liked

The incredible design of the Winebreather Carafe Deluxe adds up to 10 times more oxygen to the wine in just 2 minutes so it can be consumed with the intended flavors.
- The Gadget Flow
This wine breather from Menu allows you to decant your wine in only one single step. The carafe is designed to accommodate your wine bottle and facilitate drip-free pouring.
- Sullivan Steak House
The Menu Winebreather works through a simple but clever mouth design: A rubber gasket lets you seal the empty carafe neck-down on top of a full wine bottle.
- Business Insider
December 26, 2018 | Full review
This highly rated glass carafe from Menu wins points for both form and function. To aerate, all you need to do is press the decanter onto the top of an opened bottle of wine and flip it over so that the wine pours into the decanter. The process looks lovely too as the wine cascades down the decanter walls, providing a wide surface area for oxygenation.
- Bustle
Aerator and carafe conveniently combined. an 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.
- Best Wine Coolers
This is a good choice of carafe comes within the budget. The shape is standard and fits anywhere. Stainless steel on top also offers extra stimulation.
- Nippy Wine
Can achieve aeration results similar to a decanter in a fraction of the time. Easy to decant multiple times quickly for accelerated aeration
- Wellesley Wine Press
December 6, 2010 | Full review

What experts didn't like

No sediment filter, and it's not ideal for aerating and serving small amounts of wine at a time
- Business Insider
December 26, 2018 | Full review
The only downside is that if you're transferring the wine back into the bottle, it doesn't do much for separating out sediment. That being said, when you have an impressive bottle, it's fun to show the label while serving.
- Bustle
The glass can be fragile and must be handled carefully. no serving lip can make it difficult to pour wine to a glass. not appropriate for wines with sediment.
- Best Wine Coolers
Actually, this decanter has some packaging related quality issue, We hope that would not be a great problem if strong customer support is placed in front of.
- Nippy Wine
Works best when decanting an entire bottle - not so well for single pours. Operates based on inversion which potentially stirs up sediment in some wines.
- Wellesley Wine Press
December 6, 2010 | Full review

An Overview On Wine Aerators

Home sommeliers, pinot noir fans and rosé-all-day champions have dozens of new ways to enjoy their favorite drinks at home. You can buy chilled blush wine in six-packs of aluminum cans, sip from self-cooling wine cups and save the other half of your bottle with preservation sprays and special stoppers. But one of the easiest ways to make every sip more memorable is by using a wine aerator. 

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Wine aerators are small devices that you can pop right into the mouth of your wine bottle. They swirl your wine around as you pour, helping it mingle with more air to enhance the taste. It might seem counterintuitive, but exposing your wine to more air actually makes it taste better. 

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The oxidation that occurs when air hits your wine emphasizes compounds that create delicious notes like blackberry or apple, while less tasty flavors from ethanol and sulfites evaporate. The result is a full-bodied wine tasting experience that wakes up your tastebuds. Red wines are the only wines that need to be aerated. 

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You can also help your wine breathe by buying wine glasses with larger openings or by using a specially designed vessel called a decanter. However, using a wine aerator is much faster. Since it mixes your wine with air as you pour, you don’t have to wait for it to sit in your glass or decanter. You can pour red wine in any glass with an aerator and enjoy a full-bodied taste in seconds. 

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Red wine aerators are available in two general designs. Some aerators fit into the mouth of your wine bottle, so your vino runs through the aerator as you tilt the bottle and pour your glass. These aerators are convenient because you can pour your wine and aerate it with one hand. 

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Other aerators must be held separately above your glass, so you’ll hold the bottle in one hand and the aerator in the other as you pour. Both styles are equally effective at getting air into your wine. 

The Wine Aerator Buying Guide

  • Red wines are the only wines that need to be aerated. Denser red wines, like Malbecs or Cabernet Sauvignons, are especially great for aeration. Adding air to these vinos removes extra sediment, acidity, ethanol notes and tannins that make your wine harder to drink and enjoy.
  • Fine red wines that have been aged are an exception to that rule. Exposing them to too much air for too long can flatten their delicate notes, leaving you with ho-hum vino. Allowing them to sit in a decanter to remove sediment can be helpful, though.
  • White wines and very light reds are airy enough to enjoy directly from the bottle — they don’t require additional aeration.
  • Aerators will improve the taste of any red wine, so they’re great to use with inexpensive bottles. This will save you cash in the long run — you might even find a new favorite bottle that won’t break the bank.
  • The materials used to construct your aerator will determine how well it adds air to your wine and how long it lasts. The sturdiest aerators are made from acrylic. Stopper-style aerators will require a snug rubber seal to prevent leaks. 
  • Some aerators are dishwasher safe, but we recommend hand washing them to avoid cracks. Use gentle dish soap after each use, then set the aerator out to air dry. 
  • Each aerator is designed a little differently. Some use added features, like drizzle plates or extra holes, for more efficient aeration. Others have built-in filters to catch extra sediment or bits of cork. Take a close look at each aerator’s features to see which one will make your wine taste the best.