Coravin is a name you might not have heard before, but it’s a company that should be of interest to you if you drink wine – its Wine Preservation System is a range of wine preservers that have previously used a needle system so you can extract a glass of wine from the bottle without pulling the cork.
Now though, Coravin has a new, cheaper way to keep a bottle of wine for a few weeks. It still uses a small Argon gas cylinder like its more expensive brethen, but the Coravin Pivot is a more straightforward pourer – but one that keeps the integrity of the bottle intact.
Essentially, you pull the cork and replace it with one of Coravin’s bespoke stoppers. Then, at any point, you can simply attach the $99/£99 Coravin Pivot device and pour away – the inert gas keeps the pressure up within the bottle so there is no reaction of wine with air. You can pour 20 glasses using one capsule before you’ll need to change it.
Plus, while earlier Coravin products had a slower pour speed, the Pivot’s is equal to that of pouring directly from the bottle. Because you can buy extra stoppers (two are included) it’s ideal for those who want to drink a glass or two from different bottles but who understandably want to waste the rest of the bottle.
The Pivot is compatible with all bottles and types of wine – unlike the main Coravin system which hasn’t yet been able to cope with fizz. It comes with two stoppers and one gas cannister to start you off.