Product Review: Wine Enthusiast Vivid 47-ounce Wine Decanter
This has become my go-to decanter after my last one rolled off the counter top while I was getting fancy trying to dry it, and it shattered all over the floor. This is what led me to creating my simple wine decanter drying stand that anyone can make in about 10 minutes from materials around their house.
But the loss gave me a chance to pick out a new one, and while this 47-ounce decanter that I chose from Wine Enthusiast for $30 from Amazon.com, gets the job done, it’s not without a few drawbacks that will keep me on the lookout for other options down the line.
But first, some positive elements. This decanter is fairly inexpensive, lightweight with a wide base that gives the wine plenty of surface access to air. It’s made from lead-free crystal, and has a nice shape. It sits sturdy when upright and is not be pushed over easily.
In the fifty or so bottles I’ve probably opened and poured into here in the last year, it’s worked very well in terms of exposing the wine to air to help open it up, obviously the main job of a decanter so it checks off that box. But it does leave a bit to be desired so let’s next take a look at some of the not so favorable elements.
My main issue is the thickness of the glass around the rim of the decanter from which you pour wine into glasses. You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s thicker than the image would lead you to believe. This lack of a fine edge, makes pours more prone to dripping the wine. A finer edge would allow the person pouring to cut the stream of wine off more precisely and avoid the inevitable drip. I know it sounds like a nitpick, but after a while, it bothers you. Granted, the more I pour the better I get at using this decanter. The trick is to bring the decanter up quickly when approaching the end of the pour and turn it slightly as waiters often do with wine bottle.
The next issue, which is semi related, is that no matter how pretty the shape of this decanter may look in a side profile view, it’s a little tricky to pour out the last few ounces of wine. The decanter needs to be almost completely upright and it feels as though a stream of wine is going to rush down the backside of the neck and splash down hopefully in the glass, but more likely on the counter top. It’s a little odd, and an issue that is furthered by the lack of a punt, or indentation in the bottom of the decanter from which to grab a firmer hold; or in the case of some decanters (like my old one that broke) the punt can provide a place for your thumb to steady the decanter while pouring.
Overall, I can use this decanter just fine. It looks good and gets the job done despite a few quirks that I’d like to see addressed in the future. My rating: B-
What style of decanter do you use? Any advice when shopping for a decanter; things to look for that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below.