Daily Archives: 13/02/2016

Putting lipstick on a pig

VinturiSo in the run up to Christmas last year I was reflecting on previous years when I’d been drinking and clues that things were not as they should be.  And then I remembered this: the vinturi.  Our attempt to put lipstick on a pig!

We had discovered this device courtesy of my parents who had retired to France and they thought it was the best thing since sliced bread.

Here’s the manufacturing blurb about the product which is a wine & spirit aerator : Simply hold Vinturi over a glass and pour wine through. Vinturi draws in and mixes the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, allowing your wine to breathe instantly. You’ll notice a better bouquet, enhanced flavors and smoother finish.

The joy about this device at the time was that it turned water into wine.  OK well not quite but it boosted cheap ropey French wine into something resembling not bad quality.  For those of us who were drinking a high monetary value’s worth regularly and were looking for ways to save money this was manor from heaven! (and we were drinking the equivalent of about £250-£300 a month).  Plus I figured if I thought I was drinking better quality wine I would drink less of it <yes I know!>.

So the connection to what turned out to be one of our last drinking Christmas’s?  We bought one of these for every family member & close friend thinking we’d struck wine gold!!  I think we got a bulk discount we bought so many.  How I shake my head now at my own level of denial ……

When we moved over the summer we gifted our vinturi away with the last of the bottles of wine we had.  If we wanted to save money, rather than drink cheaper poorer quality wine, all we had to do was stop completely!