I can’t say how many times I’ve made dinner and wanted to have just one glass of wine, but I knew that I wouldn’t finish the bottle so I didn’t open one. Seriously disappointing if your dinner would go perfectly with a glass from that great bottle sitting in your wine fridge… but I finally found something that solves the problem perfectly!
A couple of weeks ago, I was in a major department store doing what I love to do when I have a little extra time – wandering the housewares/kitchen electronics department when I came across the best thing ever. It’s called Coravin and it’s a wine enthusiast’s delight.
Greg Lambrecht, who grew up in California and went to MIT invented it and you can find his story on YouTube. In fact, there’s a two-part interview with Robert Parker done in 2013 (before the product was launched) in which Robert Parker is so effusive about this product, it’s crazy.
The way this works is that you can access the wine through a medical grade hollow needle (device and needle invented by Lambrecht). It is inserted straight through the collar of the bottle (that’s the metal cap over the cork). The device replaces the poured wine with Argon gas so that NO oxygen ever touches the wine. Parker went nuts over the whole thing. You need to watch it!
Fast forward to now and the device is all over the market, including Amazon where it has 4.5 stars out of 5 from 75 interviews. Per Lambrecht and several reviewers, each Argon capsule should last for about 20 glasses.
I bought one for myself, one for a housewarming gift for a girlfriend and one for a Christmas gift for another. It’s perfect for get-togethers small and large. Everyone gets to drink what they want with no worries about finishing the whole bottle.
The fact is, the Coravin isn’t just for wine enthusiasts; it’s for anyone who simply wants a good pour from the bottle without oxidization. Have a wine tasting party with no worries about waste. What an excellent idea!!