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,