A Guide to Coravin: The Gadget Wine Drinkers Love the Most


Whenever I ask my serious oenologist friends about new things and good things in the wine world, besides real wines, I always get the same answer: Coravin wine preserves. These mechanisms may look like overly complicated wine opener, but they do much more than corks. If you’ve ever looked longingly at a good bottle of wine and wondered whether or not to open it lest it be finished, Coravin has solved the problem.

The main goal of the Coravin Wine Preservation System is that it allows you to pour from any bottle without removing or damaging the cork. It accomplishes this by inserting a hollow needle to extract the wine. Before pouring, the device also sends argon, an inert gas, to pressurize the bottle and prevent oxidation of what is left. When used correctly, the Coravin system can preserve wines – reds, whites and anything in between – for months, if not years.

The Coravin is a total game changer for serious wine drinkers.


For those who enjoy tasting, this means unlimited access to your collection and the ability to drink from the bottles at a pace you choose without any risk of them turning over. If you buy good wines but don’t mind drinking them all at once, you are free to pour just one glass of this special Châteauneuf-du-Pape whenever you want and then put it back on. the shelf for later. . It’s also a great buy for someone who cooks with wine, as you can add a cup or two to a recipe and save the rest for later, much later.

Since the Coravin launched 10 years ago, its price has dropped significantly, making it less of a luxury item for elite enthusiasts. The Massachusetts-based company has also launched two other Coravin models that serve different purposes. The slightly less versatile Coravin Pivot (but also less expensive), as well as a Sparkling system to preserve the effervescence of Champagnes and other sparkling wines; something the founder previously thought was not possible.

In this quick guide, we’ll walk through the three Coravin wine preservation systems, how they work, and how much they cost, so you can choose the one that’s right for you.


It is the original Coravin model and the most versatile of the three. This system will puncture the cork so you can pour wine while pressurizing the bottle to keep the remaining liquid free from harmful oxygen. When used correctly, the Timeless System allows you to pour and store an unlimited number of bottles. You can also safely access and pour from a single bottle about 25 times, which is way more than you would ever need.

For my money this is the best Coravin. The starter package includes the Coravin, an argon bottle, and a needle cleaning tool and normally retails for $ 150 (currently on sale for $ 112). Replacement argon cartridges cost around $ 8 and each should hold around 10-15 bottles of wine depending on how much gas you need per bottle. (You will hear a hissing sound when the argon is emitted and when that sound stops it is time to replenish itself).

You can also add screw caps, aerators and more argon cartridges for an additional charge.


The Pivot was only released for a few years and also repressurizes the wine with argon to keep it fresh after opening. The main difference between this model and the original Timeless is that the cap is removed to be kept with this system and a special topper is put in its place to pour it. There is no needle involved.

This means that the integrity of the seal is damaged and you can only really keep the wine at optimum freshness for about three or four weeks. You should also purchase additional Pivot stoppers or a set with a few stoppers to repressurize and “recap” several bottles of wine at a time.

If you are not someone who likes to taste a lot of wine at the same time but are looking for a way to drink the bottle or both you just opened at a slightly slower pace, this might be the best option. The Pivot starts at $ 99 and includes two caps. Additional caps cost $ 30 for six.


It’s the latest addition to the Coravin lineup and one that founder Greg Lambrecht wasn’t sure he could pull off. This model does not prick cork and does not use argon to prevent oxidation. Instead, it repressurizes the bottle with good old-fashioned CO2 and a patented locking cap to keep things sparkling and fresh for up to four weeks.

The Coravin Sparkling even has a pressure indicator that lights up green when a Coravin Pure Sparkling CO2 capsule has done its job and the bottle is ready to be put back in the fridge for later.

It’s not cheap, clocked in at $ 400. But for the refined sparkling wine drinker, it opens up a world of possibilities for enjoying the right things at the pace of their choosing.


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