On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…
- 10 Coravin pieces
- 9 Cheeses in a Cheese Grotto
- 8 Bottles of Bubbles
- 7 Winning Wine Clubs,
- 6 Gorgeous Glasses,
- 5 Organic Wine Guides,
- 4 Wine Books,
- 3 Phone Soaps,
- 2 Festive Wines,
- and a Wine Calendar from Wine4Me!
That’s right, 10 Coravin pieces to a Coravin Wine Preservation System— because a Coravin comes in several pieces that you put together plus you need various extra cartridges, needles, and even caps for twist off wines.
So what’s a Coravin and why did my true love send one to me?
Coravin is a wine preservation system that allows a small or large amount of wine to escape. An inert gas replaces the wine so oxygen doesn’t make it go “bad.”
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What this means is you can sample the wine to see whether you want to lay it down longer, you can sample different wines for different courses, or different diners can have different wine at the same table– all without opening a bunch of wines or having them go to waste before you can enjoy them.
Greg Lambrecht invented Coravin combining “his knowledge of medical-grade needles with his passion for wine to develop a unique wine preservation system that allowed him to pour wine without removing the cork.”
Greg tested his device by blind tasting bottles with wine makers and other experts in the wine industry which they returned to over time comparing the ones that had been accessed with fresh bottles of the same wines: “With every blind tasting, the results are clear: wines accessed with the Coravin Wine Preservation System remain as fresh as the day they were bottled, even years later.”
As a student or wine, writer about wine, and as a member of the US Wine Tasting Team, I was able to purchase one at a significant discount; they have sales this time of year that make a Coravin more affordable. I must say, it’s turned out to be really useful when I remember to use it! With social distancing the norm, I can even send samples of a wine with Sue in a mason jar so we can compare notes!
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