Coravin Model Eight Wine System


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  • 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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I am curious if this device is only meant to function properly when pouring from standard 750mL bottles? I have a couple larger 1.5L and 3L bottles of wines which i'd love to try by the glass with this device but the spouts on those bottles are larger than a standard sized bottle. Thanks!
John on Dec 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Coravin is in development for a sleeve for non standard bottles.
I'm used to decanting port both to help remove skins and other sediments and to aerate the wine. Does the Coravin system provide any facility for either of these issues? Does it clog when grape skin or other sediment enter the needle?
Ted G on Sep 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I've never had it clog from sediment, and I've probably used it on over 100 heavily sedimented bottles.
Can this be used for champagne or other wines with bubbles?
Karen on May 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately this item cannot be used for any bottles with carbon dioxide.
What is the difference between the Model 2 and the Model 8?
John B on Sep 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Coravin Model Two and Model Eight both provide the same best-in-class experience of accessing wine. First, the two product have a different look and feel. The Model Two has “L” shaped handles with grip surfaces that make it easy to clasp and squeeze, ensuring an effortless experience of placing the system onto a bottle. The Model Eight’s clamp features the signature style one-piece paddle that is designed to hold the system onto the bottle.
How often do you need to replace the argon capsule?
Jerry C on Sep 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: While I haven't been counting, I have the impression that I've been getting approximately 12-15 pours out of each capsule.
Given the air in the closed bottle is replaced with argon from the Coravin after pouring, creating an inert environment, does this essentially halt the ageing process of the wine left inside the bottle?
Stephen on Nov 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Largely, yes. Note that there will still be a bit of residual air from the original ullage and from that dissolved in the wine.
If the product is meant to be used without removing the foil from the product, AND it is not meant to be used with synthetic corks, how can you tell if the bottle has a synthetic cork without removing the foil?
steve on Dec 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I've been using the Coravin for 18 months, and have encountered 3 bottles with capsules over synthetic corks: 1 Sicilian, 1 Corsican and 1 German. I imagine they do this to make the bottles look traditional & un-tampered-with. So for wines that I am unfamiliar with, I remove the very top of the capsule to check.

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.
how do you dispose of the empty Coravin capsules? can you throw them in the trash?
morrie on Nov 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Coravin punctures them as they are installed, so they retain no pressure once they have been used. They are made from steel, and can & should be recycled as such.
What is the problem with synthetic corks?
Bill on Jul 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Synthetic corks don't reseal so the cork will be left with a hole each time the needle is pulled out. This renders the system ineffective as the argon gas will leak out. Wine will also leak out when you set the bottle on its side or wine will squirt out from old holes when you dispense from the device. It's best to remove the foil before inserting the needle to make sure the bottle doesn't have synthetic cork.
Does this system work on both cork and synthetic "corks"?
MarkAKorolEvans on May 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. The Coravin is not intended for use on synthetic corks as there would be no way for the bottle to be sealed after use. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us at 800 356 8466. Thank you again.
I would like to know the voltage, because I need one in a 220 volts, and also if it is permitted to carrie, in the airplane, the capsules A65?
Julio Cesar A on Mar 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Coravin is not an electrical device. Unfortunately, the A65 capsules are not permitted in the airplane, neither in check-in luggage nor carry-on, due to TSA restrictions.
A couple of reviews mention needing a separate extra-thin "Vintage" needle for older corks. Does Wine Enthusiast sell those needles?
Dave on May 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We did carry them at one time but the manufacturer of Coravin is out of stock on these currently and has not provided an estimated time frame when they will be available. Please check our website periodically for more information.
Is there a comparable system for use with fine whisky?
Chuck on Feb 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello Chuck,
Currently there is not.
Thank you
Is the extra thin vintage cork needle included in the system?
Punk on Jan 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is included.
If I am ready to finish a bottle that has been previously poured using the Coravin, can I simply uncork the bottle in the traditional manner, or must I always use the Coravin to pour once I've used it on a bottle? i.e. If I uncork a previously pressurized bottle, will the gas rush out from the bottle dangerously?
kat on Jan 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Use you can uncork the bottle in the traditional manner.
There is nothing dangerous about the small amount of presserized gas.
Can we transport the capsules by cargo airplane. I'm in the US and i'd like to come back in France.

Thank you very much for your answer
William on Dec 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: From my understanding, pressurized gas cannot be taken onto a plane. I would contact your local carrier to ensure transport of the item(s).
If I open a bottle but don't finish the bottle, would I be able to re-cork it and use the coravin to preserve the left over content?
alpa on Dec 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The coravin is meant to be used without extracting the cork. If you want to preserve an open bottle please look at the Wine Art System.
I have met some professionals who stopped using it because of explosion risks as they said the bottle is under pressure (more tahn 2 bars) while the system is on ?
Lo on Nov 6, 2014
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.

Thank you
If it is 15 5 oz pours per cartridge and the average bottle is 5 servings of 5 oz pours, the cost of use is about $3.33 per bottle since you can pour about 3 bottles per cartridge and they cost about $10 a cartridge. Sound right?
Howard on Aug 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hello Howard,
Yes, that is correct!

Thank you
If I sample the same bottle of wine several times over a period of a week, does the needle go through the same spot in the cork?
Bill on Jul 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hello Bill,
While the hole location will be very similar they will not be exact.
Thank you
Can I order this to be shipped to an address in Canada? (I'm in the US)
Blush on May 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you would go on the Wine Enthusiast Website and choose for shipping (International) once you are ready to check out.
What is the price of replacement Pressurized Coravin Capsules containing argon for the Coravin 1000?
BVP on Feb 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. They should should be on our site shortly and a 3 pack capsule will sell for $29.95. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us at 800 356 8466
Regarding the Coravin 1000 system: how many glasses can be poured with a single argon cartridge and how much do they cost?
Ken on Feb 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. Specifically designed for the Coravin System, each pressurized Coravin Capsule contains argon, a naturally occurring inert gas that winemakers have been using for years to protect their fine wines. The proprietary seal ensures that even weeks or months after initial use, the Coravin System is ready to use and not out of gas due to leakage. Each capsule allows you to access up to 15 glasses of wine (5 oz. pours). Any further questions, feel free to contact us directly.
What wineries is Corivan in?
Rachel R on Oct 6, 2016
Customer Reviews

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A Dream Come True, with Caveats
*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.
March 6, 2014
The first time I used the system it was to open a bottle of 1997 Almaviva. The needle proceeded to push the entire cork into the bottle effectively opening the entire bottle and defeating the purpose (not to mentioned poorly opening it because the cork ended up inside)!

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.
December 28, 2014
Coravin Replaces my Cork-screw
I am single and until this product came along, I had to resist the urge to open a bottle of wine when I was on my own. I couldn't drink a whole bottle, and I didn't want to waste fine wine. The Coravin Wine Access System allows you to use a syringe in lieu of a cork-screw to access one glass of wine-- when you finish pouring a glass, you remove the syringe and the cork reseals itself. The system works with the use of pressurized inert gas that fills the empty space that was previously filled by the wine you just pouted out. The gas prevents oxidation of the wine The product is said to allow the wine remaining in the bottle to continue to age as it otherwise would have even if the bottle had not been accessed. I have not owned the product long enough to determine whether this last claim is true, but I am thrilled just to be preserving a bottle of wine even though I have accessed it to enjoy a glass.
March 10, 2014
over 2 years ago
"The greatest wine tool out there"
This is the best wine tool I have. You can have a glass of your good wine at any time and not worry about having to drink the whole bottle or wasting the rest of the bottle. If I think I am going to have a couple of glasses of wine I just dispense into a decanter the amount desired.
May 18, 2014
great for having just a glass of a special wine or a bottle you won't finish.
May 28, 2014
over 2 years ago
Game Changer
It's a life changer in how I consume and manage my collection. Gifted 3 to friends/enthusiasts and changed their lives too.
October 6, 2014
Limited use but great product
Is a great idea and while a bit of an indulgence, for being the only wine drinker in the house it lets me enjoy a good bottle over a few weeks.

Would recommend watching video on use but after that is actually easy to use. So far no complaints and product looks and feels very high quality.
April 27, 2015
so far so good
if you are buying $100 plus bottles this is a must have item.
January 8, 2015
Wine Access System
Excellent products so that an expensive wine that you cannot finish the bottle or just want to taste something special when you are alone can be tried without damege to the entire bottle. A must for everyone who loves wine. The cost factor is not an issue when a great bottle turns and is used for cooking rather than drinking.
July 22, 2015
1 year ago
Great product
Great idea, and saves money
I usually end up throwing out whatever we don't drink with the reds
December 30, 2014
1 year ago