Wine Whines

HK Magazine - - GADGETS -

Most of us can agree on the fact that wine is pretty great. But you don’t al­ways want to crack a good bot­tle of red at the end of a hard day, be­cause over a cou­ple of days the wine will ox­i­dize and spoil. En­ter which makes it pos­si­ble to pour your­self a glass of wine—with­out hav­ing to open the bot­tle at all. The Co­ravin is a com­plexlook­ing con­trap­tion that es­sen­tially pushes a nee­dle down through the cork and al­lows you to pour off wine as usual. The sys­tem pumps in non­re­ac­tive ar­gon gas in place of the wine, and when the nee­dle with­draws the cork seals up again— which means that the wine won’t ox­i­dize and will stay fresh for years, they claim. Part of the draw is that you can broaden your wine tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence by dip­ping into dif­fer­ent vin­tages with­out hav­ing to blast through the whole bot­tle—and nor do you have to stick to white in com­pany when you’d rather be on the red.

Staffer Eve­lyn Lok went to check it out and to meet the in­ven­tor, Greg Lam­brecht. Her ver­dict? It does take a few tries to get the hang of the con­trap­tion, but it’s es­sen­tially as easy to use as any reg­u­lar wine opener, and a lot more tol­er­ant to brute force than it looks. Bear in mind that it doesn’t work on sparkling wines yet and only fits nat­u­ral corks—so you’re still go­ing to have to drink that $89 screw­cap bot­tle of mer­lot in one sit­ting.

$2,800 from ma­jor wine re­tail­ers city-wide, co­ravin.com

BPCon­nect, When nor­mal pour­ing just ain’t enough Co­ravin,

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