If you have ever enjoyed a bottle of wine by yourself then you know the eternal dilemma: what to do with the rest of the bottle? Do you drink it, let it go bad, or try to slow the oxidation process by replacing the air with argon and resealing the bottle? The Coravin System takes things one step further by ensuring that the cork never comes out of your wine bottle.
How does it work? First, a needle penetrates the cork, argon (an inert gas) is then pumped in through the needle to pressurize the bottle. Once pressurized, the wine flows freely through the needle into your glass. When the needle is removed, the cork reseals, without the contents of the bottle having ever come into contact with oxygen. It is as if you never opened it.
One look at the Coravin System tells you that it is not going to be cheap, and it is not. The opener will set you back a hefty $299 (with two argon canisters), while the argon canisters sell for $10.99 apiece So this is certainly not for the likes of people like me who like to keep our wine bottle prices down to the low to low-middle two figures – but that is not to say that I cannot appreciate the awesomeness of the invention.
Price: $279 gets you the flight-ready system without any argon*, $299 gets you the unit plus a pair of canisters.
*If you live outside of the United States, you should contact Coravin regarding shipping – they do ship, but pressurized gas is an issue, but I am sure the staff will be able to point you in the direction of compatible argon canisters in your country of residence.
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