Every time I ask my serious wine friends about what’s new and amazing in the wine world, besides actual wines, I always get the same answer: Coravin wine preservation. These mechanisms may look like overly complicated wine bottle openers, but they do much more than pop corks. If you have ever stared longingly at a good bottle of vino that is tormented over whether or not to open it for fear of not being finished, Coravin has solved the problem.
The main purpose of Coravin’s wine preservation system is that it allows you to pour from any bottle without removing or damaging the stopper. This is achieved by inserting a hollow needle to extract the wine. Before pouring, the device also sends argon, an inert gas, to pressurize the bottle and prevent oxidation of what is left. When used properly, the Coravin system can preserve wines – red, white and everything in between – for months or even years.
For those who love to taste, it means unlimited access to your collection and the ability to drink bottles at a pace you decide, without any risk of them turning. If you buy good wines but do not care to drink them at once, you are free to pour a single glass of the special Châteauneuf-du-Pape whenever you feel good, and then put it back on the shelf until later. It’s also a great buy for someone who cooks with wine, as you can add a cup or two to a recipe and save the rest for later – much later.
Since Coravin was launched 10 years ago, the price has dropped markedly, making it less of a luxury item for the elite sippers. The Massachusetts-based company has also launched two more Coravin models that serve different purposes. The slightly less versatile (but also cheaper) Coravin Pivot, as well as a sparkling system to preserve the soda of Champagne and other sparkling wines; something the founder previously thought was not possible.
In this quick guide, we will outline the three Coravin wine preservation systems, how they work and how much they cost, so you can choose the best one for you.
This is the original and most versatile Coravin model of the three. This system will puncture the stopper so you can pour wine on while also pressurizing the bottle to keep the remaining liquid safe from harmful oxygen. When used properly, the Timeless system allows you to pour and keep an unlimited number of bottles. You can also safely access and pour from a single bottle about 25 times, which is far more than you would ever need.
For my money, this is the best Coravin. The starter pack includes Coravin, an argon bottle and a needle cleaning tool and is usually sold for $ 150 (currently on sale for $ 112). Replacement argon containers cost around $ 8, and each one should be good for about 10-15 bottles of wine depending on how much gas you need per gallon. bottle. (You will hear a hiss when argon is emitted and when the sound stops, it’s time to refill).
You can also add screw caps, aerators and more argon containers for a price.
Pivot was launched just a few years ago and also gives wine again pressure with argon to keep it fresh after opening. The main difference between this model and the original Timeless is that the stopper is removed for preservation with this system and a special topper is put in place to pour from. There is no needle involved.
This means that the integrity of the seal is damaged and you can really only keep the wine in optimal freshness for about three or four weeks. You will also need to purchase extra pivot stoppers or a bundle of a few stoppers to restore pressure and “recover” multiple bottles of wine at once.
If you are not one who likes to taste many wines at once, however is Looking for a way to drink the bottle or two you just opened at a slightly slower pace, this is perhaps the best option. The pivot starts at $ 99 and includes two stops. Extra plugs cost $ 30 for six.
This is the latest addition to the Coravin series, and which founder Greg Lambrecht was not sure they would be able to complete. This model does not nail the plug, nor does it use argon to prevent oxidation. Instead, it resumes the bottle of good old-fashioned CO2 and a patented lock stopper to keep things bubbly and fresh for up to four weeks.
Coravin Sparkling even has a pressure indicator that glows green when a Coravin Pure Sparkling CO2 capsule has done its job and the bottle is ready to be put back in the fridge for later.
It’s not cheap and costs $ 400. But for the fine sparkling wine drinker, this opens up a world of opportunities to taste the good things at a pace of your choice.