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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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gift for a friend
Catherine L on Nov 17, 2015
Perfect gift for someone who doesn't drink full bottles
Matthew B on Oct 12, 2015
gift for a friend
Catherine L on Nov 17, 2015
All of the vineyards in Napa that I visited used a Coravin, and as the sole wine drinker in my house this gadget will allow me to enjoy nice bottles on my own without worrying about them going bad.
Abigail S on Nov 13, 2015
Perfect gift for someone who doesn't drink full bottles
Matthew B on Oct 12, 2015
I have on, getting as a gift for someone.
Ian Z on Oct 12, 2015
Seems like a good way to keep a bottle fresh longer, as I only drink one to two glasses per day. The reviews are quite favorable.
Mary B on Sep 9, 2015
Want the ability to have a single glass and not have to commit to consuming the whole bottle or throwing it away.
Matthew C on Sep 9, 2015
saw it at wine shop in Carmel and thought it was a great idea.
Daniel V on Sep 5, 2015
great when you don't want to open the whole bottle!
John M on Sep 3, 2015
Friends liked it a lot
Robert Kurman on Aug 21, 2015
we are big wine drinkers... this is economical and makes a ton of sense. it will pay for itself
Kathleen W on Jul 30, 2015
so if either one of us wants a glass of wine and not the other it stays free until we both want a glass.
Karen A on Jul 21, 2015
During the week my husband likes a glass of wine but I don't. Now he can open a nice bottle without fear of it going bad.
Joanne P on Jul 19, 2015
I chose this preservation system because it sounds like the absolute perfect way to enjoy a glass or two without the hassle of other cartridge systems that lose compression rapidly. I am a little apprehensive about the drips after removing the needle so will invent a wine "bootie". Coravin should do that.
Dan V on Jun 26, 2015
trust the brand do not know much about them but love the concept.
Tina T on Jun 25, 2015
Will be useful in preserving my Pinot Noir's
Michele M on Jun 12, 2015
It's a gift for m'y son
Irene H on Jun 6, 2015
It is a phenomenal wine accessory.
James M. H on Jun 6, 2015
My husband said this is what he wanted for father's day.
Rebecca D on Jun 5, 2015
wine preservation for partial bottle use.
Perry S on Jun 3, 2015
Great item to try reserve vintage wine without having to open the entire bottle.
Debra R on Jun 2, 2015
We wish to try some of our older wines without opening the bottle with friends and discovering they are over.
Linda J on Jun 2, 2015
I have one and love it! Buying one as a gift for a friend.
Brian J on May 28, 2015
We don't always finish a whole bottle so this way, we never risk having to throw away wine!
Marjorie R on May 27, 2015
This system was recommended by John Ramsy, owner of JR Wines at wine seminar.
Francisco C on May 17, 2015
Tried it with a friend and was impressed!
I think it will be a great birthday gift for my husband
Andrea M on May 15, 2015
For the occasions where one glass of wine is desired and also to check on aging bottles.
Michelle T on May 14, 2015
Makes sense as I hate to spoil a good bottle when I am not drinking the whole bottle or have another person to enjoy the same.
J. G on May 13, 2015
Gift for wine connoisseur who mentioned it.
Philip H on May 11, 2015
Wedding present - identified as something she wanted
Robin C on May 11, 2015
I like being able to consume wine while they maintain there natural development. The coravin also allows me to enjoy any wine in the amounts I choose.
clifton k on May 9, 2015
saw it in action in Wine Country, Napa Ca
Tammy H on May 5, 2015
I sell wine for a living; often I want to show a wine to a customer but do not want to open the bottle for a single tasting.
David K on May 4, 2015
Best storage solution out there.
Michael M on May 3, 2015
Something I knew I needed that I didn't know existed
Jonathan R on Apr 28, 2015
I experienced this at the Grapeseed Restaurant in Bethesda, MD. The bartender was telling us how great it is. I bought it for a wedding gift.
Karen V on Apr 21, 2015
Used this at one of my family members home and loved it
MFDK F on Apr 17, 2015
To preserve unfinished bottles. Used it before. Awesome item.
Arlene K on Apr 9, 2015
To allow multiple day access to fine wines
charles s on Mar 31, 2015
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Keith M on Mar 29, 2015
because I went to a restaurant in London that uses it and I was very well impressed.
alex z on Mar 25, 2015
I waste so much wine that, over two or three years, this will actually save me money.
Alisha M on Mar 21, 2015
I was in Napa / Sonoma a few weeks ago and a few of the winerys were using the opener. This will help save a fine bottle of wine by not having to open and have one or two glasses and waste the rest. I can have a glass and preserve the rest for next time.
Laura L on Mar 21, 2015
unique and innovative
Shannon R Y on Mar 15, 2015
To preserve my wine so I can have a glass of wine without having to open the bottle.
With this I can have a Burgundy one night and then a Barolo on another night and not have to worry about my wine going bad if only have 1 glass
Bernard D on Mar 6, 2015
I love the idea of being able to have one or two glasses of a great wine at home without having to open an entire bottle.
Sylvia T on Mar 6, 2015
Recommended by a wine loving friend. I then read great reviews to convince me to buy.
Dennis N on Feb 24, 2015
My friend bought it for her husband and he loves it! Uses it everyday!
Ana P on Feb 22, 2015
will not again. system not worth it.
WILLIAM B on Feb 12, 2015
friend recommended
luiz guilherme a on Jan 30, 2015
It was recommended by a friend. I have a lot of wine and am hesitant to open a bottle not knowing if I could finish it.
Larry M on Jan 27, 2015
All of the vineyards in Napa that I visited used a Coravin, and as the sole wine drinker in my house this gadget will allow me to enjoy nice bottles on my own without worrying about them going bad.
Abigail S on Nov 13, 2015
I have on, getting as a gift for someone.
Ian Z on Oct 12, 2015
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.
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.
What is the problem with synthetic corks?
Bill on Jul 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They are too dense, which makes it difficult to push the needle through the cork, and they don't have this self healing properties that natural cork does, which allows the wine to run out of the bottle once you put it back on the shelf
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.
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.
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.
how do you dispose of the empty Coravin capsules? can you throw them in the trash?
morrie on Nov 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question, i would check with your local collection department to see if they have any restrictions on these.
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.
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
1 year 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
1 year 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
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
6 months ago
Product works as advertised
Required a signature for delivery.
April 29, 2014
1 year ago
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
Great product
Great idea, and saves money
I usually end up throwing out whatever we don't drink with the reds
December 30, 2014
11 months ago