The Coravin might be one of the coolest wine gadgets out there today.
It allows you to pour a glass of wine without uncorking the bottle. Really. (We’ll explain in a minute.)
That means you can have a glass of white wine with your oysters tonight and then pour a glass of red with that juicy burger tomorrow night and never have to worry about wasting the wine you didn’t finish.
But this gadget, that wine critic Robert Parker called “the most transformational and exciting new product for wine lovers…in the last 30+ years,” costs around $350.
And that could be very pricey for some.
But a new model was just released at $199. Now granted, that’s still not cheap – but it’s a lot easier to wrap your head around.
First – here’s how it works: The cork is never removed. A thin hallow needle is inserted through the cork. Then the bottle is pressurized with argon gas, which is an inert gas in that’s our air already so it won’t hurt you or the wine. Once the bottle is pressurized, the wine comes up through the needle so you can pour it into a glass.
When needle removed, the cork naturally reseals itself because it’s so porous. The best part is that the wine in the bottle continues to age, undisturbed, because it was never exposed to oxygen. Science really is cool. For more details, watch this video from site.
But does the newer, less expensive model still do all that?
“Absolutely!” says Greg Lambrecht, the founder, inventor and chairman of Coravin.
Lambrecht came up with the idea for the Coravin 19 years ago, when his wife was pregnant. She wasn’t drinking and he wanted a glass of wine but he didn’t want to open a whole bottle.
The new version is made from “exceeding durable plastic,” says Lambrecht, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate and medical device inventor, which allowed them to bring the price down.
It also doesn’t require a stand, like the older models. It uses the same needles and argon gas capsules, at $10 each, as the other models. (You can get up to 15 glasses of wine with each capsule.)
But even with the hefty price tag, the Coravin has become a verb, because tons of wine lovers will “Coravin” a different glass of wine every night and never worry about wasting the remaining wine.
“The freedom lends itself to people who want to explore,” says Lambrecht.
(Speaking of exploring, try using beer in your next BBQ recipe!)
“Still, we are trying to change a 400-year-old habit of pulling the cork and drinking,” says Lambrecht. But it’s clearly catching on. The product launched in the US in 2013 and is basically global now, including the UK and Australia and hitting China soon.
And while ageability is always an issue, Lambrecht keeps testing. He has 12-year-old bottles that he keeps Coravining and testing to ensure they are aging properly. “So far I’m batting 1000,” he says.
So in the continual interest of exploring wine, it’s worth checking out. Then you can buy bottles you never had before and do your own taste tests every day.
Or just Coravin a glass of the good stuff. Life is too short to wait anyway.
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.