Coravin is the tool I have been waiting for. It will probably save my marriage.
In my house, when we open a bottle of wine, it is my responsibility to empty the bottle. My wife enjoys a glass for dinner. The rest is all mine. This may not sound like a big problem to you guys, but I like a glass or two of a good wine. More wine on a regular day will get me hungover. And I do not like to waste good wine. When I want that really special bottle from the cellar I certainly want to enjoy every last drop.
Greg Lambrecht, the american inventor of Coravin, have also had problems with left over wine. His background as a wine enthusiast and developer of medical equipment was a perfect combination to solve the problem. The whole intention of Coravin is being able to enjoy a glass or two without spoiling the rest of the bottle by opening it and exposing the wine to oxygen. It is being said that the bottle is perfect for months and even years after pouring a glass with the Coravin.
I have seen reviews of Coravin and had it recommended by fellow wine enthusiasts for a long time now. But I have never tested it myself. Oslo’s best kitchen specialist store Howard Kjøkkenskriveri was kind enough to lend me one.
The geniality of Coravin is that it exchanges wine for gas. Argon gas is used by many winemakers already to prevent oxidation of the wine. What Coravin does is simply to give the bottle a fresh dose of Argon gas when you pour a glass.
The tool itself consists of a gas cylinder, a nozzle with a handle on, a clamp and a very thin needle. My first thought was that the needle would be a weak spot, but the whole thing reeks of quality. It feels solid and there is no play in expected weak joints. The needle is surprisingly sturdy. I find myself to enjoy the exclusive feeling of the Coravin. From the very first tests to daily use it feels safe and solid.
It is so incredibly easy to use. You just clamp the thing to your bottle and push the needle all the way through the cork. A gentle push on the trigger and Argon flows into the bottle, when you release the trigger wine comes out. It is just as easy as it sounds.
When you are happy with your glass you can just retract the needle, place the Coravin on it’s base and restock your bottle in the cellar.
I did some tests on a bottle ready for consumtion so when I opened it I could inspect the cork from all sides. I had then done three tests going through the cork. Underneath the cork I could find traces of all three perforations, but as promised they were like microcracks in the cork and had resealed perfectly.
Before my tests I was naturally very sceptical. I can still remember the Vacuvin winepump that stayed in my kitchen drawer for years unused. It was a dreadful product.
I was sceptical to the build of the Coravin and I was sceptical to how well a half full bottle of wine will stay good in the cellar. The first part I am no longer worried about. The latter I will test on a half full bottle of Burgundy that will stay in my cellar for a year.
No matter how that bottle hold up in a years time I am sure that Coravin will be my new wine toy. Finally I can enjoy one glass of wine and keep the rest fresh as new for another day. Viva Coravin!
International wine enthusiasts can find more information on Coravin and your local retailer here.