Wine Like Never Before: Coravin Model 2

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Coravin is being used at wineries and restaurants all over the world to pour and taste their guests on their finest reserve wines. Coravin gives on-premise locations the opportunity to showcase reserve label wines that they normally wouldn’t be able to offer their guests. In some cases, wineries have even sold through their entire reserve wines, something that had never been done. That’s why Coravin is offering wine like never before.

Watch this video to see how Rombauer Vineyards, Peju Province Winery, Cardinale Winery and The Donum Estate have embraced the ORIGINAL Coravin System, and the incredibly positive impact it’s had on their business.

Now, with the new CORAVIN MODEL TWO WINE SYSTEM released, wineries are more excited than ever to experience wine like never before. The Coravin™ Model Two is Coravin’s most intuitive wine system that gives you the freedom to pour and enjoy a glass of wine from any bottle at any time. Model Two is the best-in-class tool that protects your wine from oxidation using Coravin’s proprietary technology that leaves the cork in place while the wine flows.

  • New Thin Wall Needle pours 20% faster than the original needle, and locks into place.
  • New Properfit Clamp is easy to open and close, and provides a secure hold on the bottle.
  • Coravin Capsule Load Cell Technology Makes installing gas easier, ensuring a perfect seal every time.
  • Proprietary Coravin Capsules contain more than 99.99% pure argon gas to protect the remaining wine from oxidation.

We sometimes hear from people that Coravin “isn’t for them;” they have no problem drinking an entire bottle of wine at once. Of course, having just a single glass of wine without wasting what remains is a great use for Coravin, but it definitely isn’t the only one.

In fact, when Greg Lambrecht invented Coravin over a decade ago, his dream was to be able to drink across many bottles at a time instead of drinking down one bottle and then moving on to the next.

By shifting your thinking away from finishing one bottle before moving onto the next, you’ll start to see that your freedom and enjoyment of wine (and the amount of half empty bottles in your collection) will grow exponentially.

Thanks for our friends at Coravin, below are ten times they suggest using your Coravin – though it never may have crossed your mind…but definitely should!

1.) To turn your wine rack into your personal wine bar

“I’ll take whatever’s open.” How often have you received this response from a house guest, when asked what they would like to drink? You pour them a glass of full bodied Cabernet, which they sip politely, only to later reveal that they prefer a light-bodied Pinot. Now, when a guest courteously requests a glass of whatever is open, you can point her in the direction of the wine rack and let her have her pick. Each guest can drink exactly what they like, without having to open lots of bottles.

2.) To learn about wine

This is what Greg was aiming for when he invented Coravin. He considers wine a “thinking beverage;” something you should compare and contrast, experience side by side. Of course pulling the cork on a few bottles each night would have been an expensive (and wasteful) endeavor. Coravin changed things for Greg. He’s told me numerous times that he learned more about wine in his first weekend with Coravin then he had in the previous decade pulling the cork.

Try pouring tastes of an Oregon Pinot Noir and contrasting it to one from California or France. Pour a vertical from your favorite producer and note how each year was a little different. Form unbiased opinions about wine by blind tasting – you may end up with an unexpected new favorite.

3.) When you want to travel back through time from the comfort of your kitchen

Sound like a Sci-Fi movie? Time travel in the wine world doesn’t have to involve a DeLorean. Last week, I spent the evening traveling through 1970s Tuscany. The same evening I visited 1999 Burgundy through a glass of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti.

The best part? Re-visiting the places and times I love all over again, next week or next year, through the same bottle of wine.

4.) To turn a typical Wednesday night into a celebration

Benjamin Franklin is quoted having said “wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” Who are we to argue? Tonight is the night to stop waiting until your anniversary or your daughter’s graduation to pour a glass of the De La Tour Clos de Vougeot you’ve been cellaring. Set your bottles free! Enjoying an amazing glass of wine can turn an unremarkable night into a happy and memorable experience.

5.) To stop compromising

Relationships are full of little compromises. Chicken or fish? CNN or TLC? Vacation in Bermuda or Thailand? Now you can cross “red or white?” off of that list. Drink what you like. Your significant other can do the same.

6.) To pair a different wine with every course during dinner (for two)

What’s the fun of selecting just one bottle of wine to drink with dinner, when you can select three and enjoy a glass of each with different courses, even if you are dining alone or in a small group? Enjoy Gruner with your salad and Merlot with your steak. And the apple tart you’ve prepared for dessert? Why not try an Ice wine? Before long you’ll start having fun coming up with creative wine pairings for all of your meals… and snacks. Popcorn and Chardonnay make a fine pair as do Cool Ranch Doritos and Rosé (a personal favorite).

7.)  At your favorite restaurant

Many restaurants use Coravin to offer amazing wine by the glass lists but if you frequent one that doesn’t, think about bringing your Coravin along. You can order a great bottle of wine and ask the sommelier not to remove the cork. Use Coravin to pour a glass or two and bring the remaining wine home to enjoy later.

8.) When you want just one more glass

A few customers have called us to let us know this is one of their favorite things about Coravin. When they’ve shared a great bottle of wine at dinner and want just one more glass (but definitely not an entire bottle) they no longer have to worry about wasting most of that last bottle.

9.) To monitor the aging process

The old way of monitoring your aging wines involved purchasing an entire case and opening bottles at various durations to check on progress. Without multiple bottles to test you would need to make an educated guess about the wine and could end up with a bottle that is much too young, past prime, or worse. With Coravin, you can pour a small taste of a bottle from your cellar, not how it is aging, and then lay it back down without interrupting the process.

10.) To host a wine tasting party

What’s better than enjoying a bottle of wine with friends? How about, enjoying tastes from ten? A couple times a year, invite a big group of friends over. Pull out the treasure chest of half full bottles you’ve accumulated since you started using Coravin and pull the corks. Your friends will be able to take their pick of pours from dozens of wines and you’ll make room for more bottles (a win win).

BONUS TIP: When your recipe calls for 1/4 cup of wine

You should never cook with a wine that you wouldn’t want to drink. You should also never waste the wine you don’t use in your recipe. If you use Coravin, you can take just what you need and drink the rest of the bottle (or use it in another recipe) when you’re ready.

Thanks to @christienyc for tip number 11!

About the Author:

Katie Hamilton Shaffer is a wine country entertainer, chef, philanthropist and vintner in Napa Valley. Wishing to merge her passions for all things food, wine and philanthropy, Katie created the lifestyle brand "Feast it Forward" to raise a glass, awareness and funds while offering insight on how each person can make an impact and live beyond their backyard.

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