Coravin 1000 Wine Access System
- Enjoy your favorite wines by the glass, without pulling the cork
- Wine flows out but oxygen never gets in, eliminating the problem of oxidation
- Explore your collection glass by glass, without committing to any bottle
- Easy to use and allows you to access multiple bottles at a time
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In terms of the Coravin, it makes no difference whatsoever whether you remove the capsule or not. Most people just prefer the aesthetic of leaving the capsule intact.
There are some oenologists who think that the capsule helps extend the lifespan of natural corks in bottles that are intended to age for decades, but so far those types of wine have avoided the use synthetic corks anyway, so I wouldn't worry about checking them.
Currently there is not.
There is nothing dangerous about the small amount of presserized gas.
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Below is the best directions to follow to avoid any bottle damage:
DO NOT USE your Coravin Device on any bottle that shows signs of damage or flaws (e.g. cracked, crushed or chipped; or white glass inclusions). Damaged or flawed bottles can break when pressurized with the Coravin System.
Before using your Coravin System, perform a visual inspection of the wine bottle you plan to access. If you notice any signs of damage or flaws (e.g. cracked, crushed, or chipped; or containing white glass inclusions, indicating un-melted glass.), then do not use the Coravin System on that bottle.
Always be sure to use a Coravin Wine Bottle Sleeve when accessing with the Coravin System. Before inserting the Wine Access Needle into the bottle, quickly press the trigger to clear the system of any excess oxygen or wine.
Yes, that is correct!
While the hole location will be very similar they will not be exact.
*Ideal for 1 or 2 glasses at a time.
*Check the development/maturity of wine without wasting a whole bottle.
*Sample/compare multiple different wines without waste.
*Indulge in an expensive bottle over several occasions.
*Superb quality of design & manufacture, and impressive packaging. Flawless.
*If a wine needs time to breathe it will still need time to breathe.
*Older wines that have sediment will need time to settle before you access them, or you will need some sort of filter.
*A drop or 2 of wine will come out of the cork after the bottle is stored horizontally, leaving a sticky spot on the capsule or occasionally on whatever is below.
*If you use this on a cork that has shrunk or otherwise deteriorated, you are in for a big mess.
*Give a quick "puff" of gas before plunging the needle into the cork, to purge the air out of it, otherwise you will inject that air into the wine.
*I always use the Extra-thin "Vintage Cork" needle, as the corks seal better than with the standard needle.
*You can access older wines with sediment while keeping them horizontal, although a few drops may come out of the spout immediately, before you can put a glass underneath.
I have only been using the Coravin since Nov. 2013, so I can't speak to the long-term, but the first bottle I accessed tastes the same now as it did then. But both Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson have compared wines accessed 3 years prior with un-accessed companion bottles, and tasted no difference.
Since my wife doesn't drink, I never finish a bottle in one sitting unless we have dinner guests. So for me, this is a dream come true.
1 year ago
Coravin claims anything older then 10 years is considered "old" and is prone to this very problem when opening. Apparently there is a thinner needle designed to be used for such "old" bottles, but the needle needs to be purchased separately. It's astonishing that there's no mention of this in the instructions; it's also astonishing that they wouldn't include this special needle with the Coravin considering that most wines expensive enough to warrant opening with the Coravin will indeed to be at least 10 years old.
I haven't used it a second time because I'm afraid of ruining a second bottle of wine. And perhaps it will work quite well - but as far as the needle that's included, it's a faulty product and Coravin is aware of it and not letting customer know upfront... so it gets a 1 star rating from me.
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I usually end up throwing out whatever we don't drink with the reds
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