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I hate the fridge-cleaning period of my chores. It never fails. I get to the bottom shelf and there is usually a forgotten bottle of wine, hanging out by its lonesome, a reminder that we forgot all about it.
As someone who likes to drink, I hate to toss good booze. I curse myself for letting a good bottle to go to waste. That 10-year vintage? That local winery that we took some home as a souvenir? That random gem you plucked from the grocery store’s clearance rack and you ended up more than pleasantly surprised with? It is now a half bottle of vinegar.
See, I like a nice glass of wine, especially when the occasion calls for it. A nice cabernet sauvignon to go with that nice fat steak is my jam. But sometimes a glass is all I really want at the moment, especially when it comes to the reds that I like. More makes me nappy time. So I wedge the cork back in there, confident that I will return to that experience in another day or so, and stick it back on that bottom shelf of the fridge. My wife does it to with some of the wines she gets tasked to review.
Much to my chagrin, I usually find them, on that bottom shelf a month or two later. Good booze gone bad. Sadness.
Which is why we were more than happy to try out the Coravin Model Two wine saver system. According to the company, Coravin is the first and only system in the world that gives wine lovers the freedom to pour any wine, in any amount, without removing the cork. Whether you want a sip, a glass, or more, your last glass will taste just as amazing as your very first. Red, white, rosé or maybe a little of each? Whatever you’re craving, you can enjoy all your favorite wines on your terms.
After inserting a canister into the Coravin system, I clamped the arms around the neck of the wine bottle and inserted the needle through the inserted cork. Tip the bottle upside down and flip the switch to pressurize the bottle and wine will pour out through the spout.
My first thought: It’s like having wine on draft!
It is easier to use than a corkscrew. The canister is filled with argon, an inert gas used by winemakers that won’t expose the liquid to air. Since you never remove the cork, there is no chance of contaminating the contents. When you remove the needle, the cork will reseal to preserve the wine remaining in the bottle for weeks, months, or even years. I found that wines that use natural cork work the best.
Now when I am cleaning out the fridge and I find that half bottle of wine, my first thought won’t be to toss it. It’s still good. Next meal, I’ll be delving into some of the wines I’ve been accumulating over the years, knowing that I won’t have to down the entire bottle to keep it from turning into vinegar.
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