The 'Model One' from Coravin is the latest version of this revolutionary 'Wine-Access' system. Have a sip or a glass of wine (or more) from any bottle, without the need to finish it. Thanks to the unique needle through cork technology and the use of Argon Gas, wine remains in a completely neutral environment even after you have siphoned off what you need. Ideal for any wine-lover you can dip in to the cellar and see how things are ageing or simply taste 3 different wines in one evening without feeling any pressure to drink too much. The concept came to inventor Greg Lambrecht when his wife was pregnant and he simply was not drinking fast enough to avoid lots of wastage. This ability to have just a glass or two, without damaging the bottle is a new dawn for wine-lovers. L&S (Dec 2017)
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Coravin is a needle-through-the-cork system that enables you to siphon wine out of bottles without spoiling what’s left. Having pushed the needle through the cork, you pull a trigger to inject argon through the needle at a pressure of 24 pounds per square inch. When the bottle is pressurised, you can pour the wine into your glass – a mouthful just to to taste, or a full glass. it’s up to you. The wine left in the bottle never comes in contact with oxygen, and the cork – because cork is elastic – reseals itself in just a few minutes.Decanter Magazine (Aug 2014)
Robert Parker loves it and the wine world is abuzz. So what's with this new 'wine access system'?
www.wine-searcher.com By Diana Goodman | Posted Wednesday, 31-Jul-2013
A Massachusetts company this week launched a new wine-opening device that could signal an end to the frustration known by wine lovers around the globe. You open a bottle, it doesn't get finished, and within a couple of days it's vinegar. Cue Greg Lambrecht, a nuclear physicist whose business until now has been developing high-tech medical devices. As a confirmed wine buff (he has an estimated 1,500 bottles in his cellar) he was moved to take action when his wife became pregnant with their second child in 1999 and stopped drinking. "I still wanted to enjoy great glasses of wine, but didn't want to commit to whole bottles," Lambrecht says. He didn't believe that standard preservation systems worked. "Each time, once the cork was pulled, oxidation started and I was locked into that bottle."
After years of experimentation, Lambrecht believes he has come up with the answer: the Coravin Wine Access System. Made from stainless steel and aluminum, the device does not open the bottle. Instead, a thin, hollow, Teflon-coated needle pierces the cork (and foil). When the thirsty drinker lifts the bottle, the wine travels down the needle and out to a waiting glass, but no oxygen gets in. At the same time, the device injects argon into the bottle – an inert gas that displaces the wine that is taken out. When the needle is removed, the cork reseals itself, allowing the remaining wine to stay in pristine condition.
Testing time: Over the last two years, Coravin has been road-tested by a host of volunteers: wine aficionados, wineries, retail stores and restaurants – including New York's Del Posto and Eleven Madison Park. In a marketing man's dream, Robert Parker – who stresses that he has no financial interest in the company – has declared the Coravin to be a "transformational" new product for wine lovers. He calls it "a killer device.“ The wine critic's enthusiasm for the device is evident in an interview with Lambrecht on erobertparker.com: "I can't tell you how impressed I am with this – with the technology and how well it works," says Parker.
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