This new wine accessory could revolutionize the way you drink wine!
I’m a very small time wine collector. Most of the wines in my “collection” were thoughtfully purchased at a winery after a tasting. I usually spend between $25 and $50 a bottle, and in my opinion that’s a good chunk of money, so I really think about which bottle I should choose when opening and sharing wine with friends.
When I heard about Coravin, I knew this could be a complete game changer for the way I enjoy and share my wine. Imagine an intimate gathering. One friend likes Zinfandel, another Pinot, still another Chardonnay. If you open three bottles, there will likely be leftovers, oxidized and undrinkable. But with Coravin, you can pour one glass from each bottle without actually pulling the cork. The remaining wine in each bottle is untouched by oxygen and ready for the next time you’d like a glass.
Or, let’s say you are a big-time wine collector. You spend a great deal on your collection and you frequently buy your wine by the case. This gadget will allow you to designate one bottle from the case as your “tester.” You can periodically pour a sample from your tester bottle to check on the aging process, thereby knowing exactly when that case of wine is ready for you to drink.
You can now enjoy that $150 bottle of wine, one glass at a time, when the occasion feels right, even if you’re all alone. This gadget allows you to freely explore your collection glass by glass over multiple occasions, without committing to the whole bottle. The unprecedented freedom to enjoy bottles of wine by the glass without fear of waste due to oxidation allows any wine lover to become more adventurous with food and wine pairings and to compare vintages and varietals.
World-renowned wine expert Robert Parker has called Coravin “the most transformational and exciting new product for wine lovers that has been developed or invented in the last 30-plus years.” And you will have to agree once you’ve tried it.
But How Does It work?
First, a thin, hollow needle passes through the foil and cork to access the wine. Then the bottle is pressurized with argon, an inert gas in the air we breathe that winemakers have been using for years. The argon pressurization pushes the wine through the needle so that it flows into your glass without letting any oxygen in the bottle. Once the needle is removed, the cork naturally reseals itself, and the remaining wine continues to evolve naturally. For a video demonstration, visit www.coravin.com/tech.
Where To Buy
The Coravin 1000 is available for $299 (which includes two gas cartridges) with free shipping from Amazon, Buy the Coravin 1000 Wine Access System here
or at www.coravin.com.
Coravin update, June 3, 2014:
It has come to our attention that Coravin has updated its warnings to notify people that in very rare circumstances damaged or flawed wine bottles may burst, even under low pressure. Coravin has had seven total reports of burst bottles, one involving an injury. In all but one incident, bottles burst into two pieces and in the remaining incident into four pieces. They believe that the rate of bottle rupture is about 1:78,000, and the rate of injury less than 1:500,000; however Coravin wanted to take the most careful approach to make sure customers are as safe as possible.
Out of an abundance of caution, Coravin has decided to advise users to always use a neoprene wine bottle sleeve when pouring with the Coravin System. It provides complete protection even in worst-case scenarios and reduces the risk that someone misses a crack or chip in their bottle during inspection.
The company will provide all existing and future customers with a remedy package that includes a neoprene wine bottle sleeve for use with the Coravin System.
As an added precaution, Coravin has voluntarily stopped selling and shipping Coravin Systems until the Corrective Action Plan is fully implemented. They are hopeful that in the next 30 days they will be receiving, processing and beginning to ship remedy packages to customers.
Please read Coravin’s updated Proper Use and Important Safeguards Guide which can be found in the FAQ section of Coravin’s website.