If you love to drink big reds, then you can appreciate the value in using a decanter and allowing that wine to breath. The aerators that you can stick into the bottle are great and allow you to drink the wine almost immediately, however using a decanter truly allows that wine to open up it full drinking capability. My wife and I came across the Vivid Decanter by Wine Enthusiast and have been loving it since the day we bought it. However there a few observations that we have noticed since we started using it.
Our first is if you do not properly clean the decanter after using it, you will start to notice that the crystal will be stained by the red wine. With that being said, we highly recommend purchasing a decanter cleaning brush like the one mentioned below. For $5.36 on Amazon, you can not go wrong with how easy it is to clean the decanter in those hard to reach areas.
After you have scrubbed the decanter clean, we also suggest using a decanter air dryer rack to allow the water to drain and not make spots on your crystal. At around $30 on Amazon, these are not too inexpensive. If you have a nice flat surface and no kids around, you can balance that thing upside down and let it drain onto a towel.
Our last recommendation is purely an aesthetic one and that is the glass stopper ball. At around $17 on Amazon, these are also not too inexpensive. The purpose of the glass stopped ball is simply to keep dust or other particles from landing on your wine and potentially ruining it. If you have family and friends over for dinner, you know all too well how things can get spilled or whatever. You simply place the glass stopper onto the decanter and no flying food can land into that wine.
One last note on using a decanter. Decanters are also a great way of serving your guests a cheaper wine without them seeing the wine bottle and label. 🙂
Claim to Fame: Aerates wine faster with its wide base.
Features & Benefits:
- Wide base for a ideal aeration of your wine
- Lead free crystal
- Handmade in Europe
What Others are Saying: 156 reviews on Amazon giving the product an average of 4.5 out of 5