When the Coravin 1000 Wine Access System was introduced in 2013, it was touted as the biggest game-changer in wine since the Leverpull corkscrew.
After all, this sleek contraption allows you to taste your cellar prizes without opening them or allowing a speck of air into the bottle.
Then, sadly, a few bottles broke during use (only one injury was reported).
While many wine pros say inexperience was the likely culprit for the busted bottles, Coravin recalled the device, added tweaks and reissued it. A protective sleeve to place around the bottle while in use now accompanies the Coravin. The company also ramped up its education program.
Since returning to the marketplace, the Coravin has picked up where it left off. It continues to transform wine-by-the-glass programs, while delighting sommeliers and cellar owners alike.
How it Works
The Coravin 1000 drives a tiny, surgical-grade needle through the cork and pulls out the wine. Argon gas, which is safe and tasteless, is pumped into the bottle, ensuring that no oxygen enters. The cork reseals itself when the needle is removed, and the bottle can be placed back on the rack. $300, wineenthusiast.com.