Is there anything better than opening a bottle of wine at the end of a long day? Delicious and relaxing, there's something so satisfying about that first pour. But here's the thing: most nights, I really only want a glass or two; I'm not trying to drink a bottle of wine while I do my laundry and catch up on Billions. But, if you are, more power to you.
So here's how it usually goes — I open a bottle, drink a little bit, and save the rest for tomorrow. Except that tomorrow, I go workout, or go out to dinner, or end up at a friends house, which means that the yummy wine I opened has now pretty much gone bad. It's a vicious cycle, but there was no way to break it. Until now.
I was recently gifted a Coravin Model Two Wine Preservation System ($289, originally $350), and it is the most genius thing ever. Upon first inspection, it looked like a fancy wine opener. But no. The Coravin is actually a machine that lets you open wine bottles without actually popping the cork. You read that right.
Here's how it works: a thick needle pierces the cork of the unopened wine bottle, and then you press the trigger to pressurize the wine bottle, and release it to pour. There's no cork damage in the glass of wine you've poured, and once you release the Coravin from the bottle, there's no indication that it's been opened. You can turn it upside down and nothing will come out. The wine is preserved using Argon gas, which is an inert gas already present in wine-making.
The best part of this is, you can use the Coravin to open the same bottle of wine multiple times. If you want to have a tasting with a friend, or try that super expensive bottle you got for your birthday, go right ahead. It just got that much easier to make every night wine night.