The Coravin in action.
Have you heard about the amazing new innovation, the Coravin Wine Access System? (I posted a little demo video about it on YouTube here.) It’s a pretty revolutionary product: you can access wine without pulling the cork. No, really. So that beautiful bottle of Gaja Barolo you have been hanging on to? You can actually pour a taste of it, a glass even, and what remains in the bottle will remain safe from oxidation. So if you want to compare vintages, or maybe you’re dining solo and just want to pour yourself a glass (of something good, hopefully), here’s your new best friend!
Here’s how it works: a thin, hollow needle pierces the cork and foil, and the bottle is then pressurized with argon (an inert gas). It pushes the wine through the needle and into your glass without any oxygen getting into the bottle. Once you extract the needle, the cork reseals itself (ahhh, the wonders of cork) and you’ve just poured yourself something nice. It’s easy to operate, and damn cool.
The Coravin retails for $299, but I have been able to secure one Coravin to give away to one lucky tablehopper reader! To enter to win it, all you need to do is forward today’s tablehopper newsletter to two friends (but even more would be so very fabulous), and add a note to your friends about Coravin, what bottle of wine you’d like to pour yourself a glass of, or all of the above! Be sure to Cc: or Bcc: me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I know you sent it—I promise I won’t use anyone’s email address. The deadline to enter is Friday September 20th at 11:59pm! We’ll notify the winner soon thereafter and get your Coravin in the mail to you! Good luck! And cheers.