Over the past few years a new technology has swept the wine world by storm. Yes, there are a lot fads in the wine world, but sometimes an invention or innovation comes along that changes that world for the long run. The Coravin is that invention for those of us who love to drink and taste wines.
What is Coravin? It is the best wine preservation system that has ever been created. It allows you to go into your cellar pick that bottle of wine that you have been wanting to try, access a glass of the wine and then put the rest of the bottle back to be enjoyed weeks later — all with out pulling out the cork. When you taste the wine weeks later, it will taste like it did when you had that initial glass.
When I first heard about Coravin I was a bit skeptical. I wanted to see if all of the hype was indeed correct. So, I watched as my friends around the country used it in their restaurants and used it to preserve wines to practice blind tasting or to show wines from specific wineries. A common theme came out: this things is amazing and it really works.
In April of this year we started using the Coravin at The Fearrington House Restaurant with overwhelming success. It enabled us to use an even wider array of wines from our cellar for our wine pairings. In short, the level of wine experience at The Fearrington House Restaurant has been increased greatly by the utilization of the Coravin.
The Coravin works by inserting a small needle into the cork that brings argon gas into the bottle therefore pulling the wine out through spout. When you are done pouring, the needle comes out and the cork is re-sealed. The wine is then sealed and ready for the next time you want a glass.
As every new product does, Coravin had some issues, and this summer they had a few instances of bottles that cracked when people used the product. Without pressure from the public, they stopped selling the product, did extensive safety testing and started re-selling in August. Their findings showed in the few instances where a bottle broke, the bottle involved was very old or had a weak glass structure. Now, Coravin comes with a bottle cover as an extra level of safety. I respect how the company took responsibility and resolved the issue. I personally have not heard of a single instance where this has happened to anyone and we continue to use this fine product at The Fearrington House.
The Coravin is an amazing product and a game changer. We use it everyday at the restaurant and we have recently started selling them at the Dovecote Style in Fearrington Village. If you are looking for that perfect gift for the wine lover in your life, and you don’t want to go searching for that perfect bottle for them, I recommend stopping by and taking a look at the Coravin. It is a gift that literally will keep on giving.
The Coravin in available at Dovecote Style for $299. Call 919.542.1145 with questions.