Coravin Model 3 Wine Preservation System Review

Coravin Model 3 Wine Preservation System Review

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Takeaway: Easy to use, serve, and preserve your wine for months.

The Coravin Model 3 system is a quick and easy way for you to serve, preserve, and enjoy your wine by the glass all without needing a corkscrew. You’ll receive the wine preservation system, a non-woven bottle bag, screw-top bottle adapter, two compressed argon cartridges, and an instruction manual. The tool is made of a lightweight but durable plastic and measures 9 “ tall 4” wide, and is 2” thick. What it does is it pierces wine bottle corks with a fine needle and injects an inert, non-reactive gas into the bottle, forcing the wine out, without letting air in. Serving with the Coravin is easy and since the cork is never removed and the argon pumped into the bottle won’t react or oxidize your wine, it’ll benefit from never being exposed to oxygen which preserves it and keeps every glass tasting exactly the same as if you just opened a fresh bottle.

The argon cartridges that come with the Coravin have a unique proprietary plastic cap that make only these cartridges fit the Coravin with an air-tight seal. That means if you try to use third-party cartridges, you’d have to remove and reuse the caps from these carts, which is easier said, than done. At the front of the unit is a plastic pour spout and at the back is a thumb trigger to release the argon gas. Using the Coravin is simple. After the cartridge has been loaded, take any bottle of wine with a natural cork, place it in the bottle bag to protect from glass if the bottle breaks, slide down the bottle clamp, quickly press the trigger once to prime the needle with argon gas, place the clamp on the top of the bottle neck, and press straight down firmly until the needle pierces the cork.

When serving, tilt the bottle so that the bottom is above the pour spout and hold by the bottle, not the Coravin. Quickly press the thumb trigger one to two times to start the flow of wine. When the flow slows, you can press the thumb trigger again to release more gas into the bottle, but be careful not to do too much at once as the gas could build up too much pressure in the bottle and break the glass. I find with a wine glass this size, 4 – 5 presses in total is sufficient. One thing you may notice is a bit of cork dust as a result of the needle puncturing the cork, so you may want to dispense through a fine mesh filter. Also the force of the initial spray also tends to splash wine up the sides of the glass. When you’re done pouring, pull straight up on the handle at the top of the Corvain to remove it. Be sure to remove the Coravin as soon as you’re done pouring, as leaving the needle in the cork can cause it to re-seal slowly and it could leak or allow oxygen to enter the bottle. You’ll want to store your "Coravined" bottle on its side to keep the cork wet so that the hole won’t reopen if the cork dries out. Coravin states that their system can preserve leftover wine this way up to 2 years.

My unit also came with a screw top adapter, though if yours didn't you can purchase them separately as well. It’s got a rubber center that the needle can pierce and is self-healing; it can be punctured up to 50 times without losing its air-tight seal, and the threads on the underside are compatible with over 98% of standard twist-off cap wine bottles. You’ll want to work quickly and place the adapter screw top on the bottle immediately after opening it, ensuring it’s on tight. Then pull down the clamp, prime the needle, place the clamp on the cap, and push straight down firmly on the handle. Now just tilt the bottle and press the trigger to serve. In the clear bottle you can see the argon gas entering the bottle more clearly, displacing the wine so that it can exit the bottle through the pour spout. It’s slower than a traditional pour for sure, but you get the benefit of being able save the rest of the bottle for up to 3 months with the screw cap adapter. Of course, this glass won’t have any cork bits since we used the adapter, but you can still see a bit of splashing up the sides. The self-healing properties allows the rubber cork not to leak and it can also be stored upright.

The needle is removable for cleaning and replaceable if it wears out. There’s also a cleaning pin in the instruction manual if your needle gets clogged. Cleaning the Coravin is simple. Just hold the pour spout under a stream of running water and it’ll flush out the needle as well. Then clear the needle with a quick press of the trigger, dry, and put away. During my testing period I tried a glass of red and white wine, the former with a natural cork and the latter a screw top bottle, using the Coravin and then came back and sampled the wine again after 2 weeks. In both cases, the wine tasted just as good as it did when I poured the first glass 2 weeks prior, so I can say with enthusiasm that the system works exactly as advertised.

Overall, the Coravin Model 3 is really easy to use, and does what it’s supposed to. It allows me to enjoy my bottles of wine one, or two, glasses at a time and store the rest for later, for up to 3 months if I have a screwtop bottle and up to 2 years with a natural cork bottle. Just note that it doesn’t work with rubber or synthetic corks because they won’t re-seal properly, so even though you don’t have to remove the foil when using the Coravin, you may want to in order to verify the cork type to ensure compatibility. Also, if you’re down to the last glass, just remove the cork and pour normally because they’re no sense in wasting the argon gas if you’re going to finish the bottle off. Cartridges are good for about 4 bottles or 15 pours each and average around $8 – 10 for replacements.

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