I was roaming the streets of Montalcino on a very blustery, cold January day when I stopped in a restaurant for lunch. As I settled into the warmth of the restaurant I discovered something spectacular. At a nearby table the waiter was pouring a glass of wine for a customer using the coolest gadget I’d ever seen! It attached to the wine bottle much like a cork stopper but had an almost Medusa like contraption coming out of it which worked like a mini decanter! That is when I first laid eyes on the “Centellino.”
The “Centellino” decants, oxidizes and pours the perfect portion of wine. The official “Centellino” website (www.centellino.it) explains the process: “The wine during its flow down into the “amphora” spreads on the walls and frees all its flavors and organoleptic properties.” If for some reason you don’t finish the bottle, leave the “Centellino” in the bottle for unaltered preservation until your next glass. It is a patented design hand-made by blown glass in Italy. Amazing I thought – what a brilliant invention!
Much to my surprise and delight I found one of those nifty gadgets for sale later in the afternoon at an Enoteca as I was buying bottles of Brunello di Montalcino and Super Tuscans. Without a second thought I purchased one for myself and absolutely love it. It works like a charm and is uniquely lovely stirring up conversation at the dinner table.
If you think for a moment that I would let you in on this awesome toy without a chance to own one for yourself then you don’t know me very well. I just happen to have the “Centellino” in my store. You can easily shop for it under “nifty gadgets” or click on this link: Centellino Areadivino Wine Aerator & Decanter.
By the way, this would be a great Father’s Day gift! 🙂