By Duane Pemberton
There’s a new gadget on the market from Coravin that allows wine lovers to enjoy their wines without pulling the cork. The idea behind it is that you don’t have to worry about over-oxidized wine if you’re the type who nurse a bottle for a few days. Its ideal market segment should be for restaurants and wine collectors who want to sample wines from older bottles but don’t want to open them. But it won’t be cheap, priced at $299.00 it won’t be for everyone.
Coravin’s “Wine Access System”, claims that the thin, hollow needle it uses to penetrate into the cork is so thin, that the cork reseals itself after you remove it.
Before the wine is poured, the system also pressurizes the bottle with argon gas and then starts to let the wine pour into your glass.
“As a winemaker myself, I was very protective of the delicate nature of wine and took special care with the by-the-glass offerings at each of my restaurants,” said Joe Bastianich, American restaurateur, winemaker, and Coravin investor, well known for his role as a judge on FOX’s “Master Chef.” “Once I tried wine accessed six months prior with Coravin and tasted no difference, I knew this was a game changer. I now provide wine samples and glass selections from dozens of vintages and wines that we have never been able to offer, without any compromise in wine quality or waste. This product is nothing short of amazing for both restaurateurs and wine lovers alike.”
Robert Parker said: “the most transformational and exciting new product for wine lovers that has been developed or invented in the last 30-plus years.”
Parker, who is largely considered one of the world’s leading authorities on wine, recently posted a series of videos about the Coravin System based on his own personal testing of the system on the erobertparker.com site.