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Wine 101

The Beginner’s Guide to Coravin

August 28, 2018

Written By Chelsie Petras, Chel Loves Wine

Drinking wine should be a fully immersive experience. A wine’s taste, smell, and color have the ability to transport you to the place and time the grapes were harvested. Wine also has the ability to enhance the foods we pair them with and the events we come together to celebrate. 

What’s great about the wine world today is that you don’t need to be a sommelier or winemaker in order to enjoy a glass. Wine is becoming more accessible in many ways – affordability, availability, and access to educational resources just to name a few. Another way wine is becoming more accessible is through wine preservation technology like Coravin’s Pivot and Timeless systems.  

Now with systems ranging in prices from $99 to $499, there’s a wine preservation system for every type of wine drinker. Coravin delivers the ultimate wine preservation because, unlike other wine preservers that simply delay the oxidation of your wine, Coravin Timeless systems are designed to pour wine without removing the cork. Then, all systems – including Coravin Pivot – replace lost wine with pure argon gas to prevent oxygen from filling that space preserving the wines for weeks, or months, or years to come.

To explore how Coravin has purpose for all levels of wine lovers, we partnered with wine writer Chelsie Petras of Chel Loves Wine who revealed her favorite Coravin perk: Tasting the wine without wasting the wine.

“I have a lot of wine in my apartment,” shared Chelsie. “Like, over 150 bottles in this tiny 755 sq. ft. place. Some of the bottles are samples, some are special bottles that I’m going to sit on for a while, and some are ones I keep on-hand for dinner parties and guests.”

Read on to learn how Coravin fits into Chelsie’s lifestyle – plus tips for how to use Coravin and how to enhance the wine-drinking experience.

How often do you open a bottle of wine? 

Chelsie Petras: I know my Instagram profile may make it seem like I’m opening one or two bottles every night, but that’s far from the truth. So how am I tasting all these wines then without drinking them all or wasting them? Enter the Coravin.

chelsie holding wine

What is Coravin and how did you hear about it?

CP: Funny story. The first wine event that I ever attended was co-hosted by Coravin. Since then, I have strongly felt that Coravin is a tool that every wine lover needs. From the novice to the expert, it is there to help you taste the wine without wasting the wine. It’s a wine preservation system that uses smart technology to access the wine in the bottle while also keeping the oxygen from hitting it.

Why do I need a Coravin system?

CP: First of all, a Coravin is going to save you from wasting wine (which is basically a sin). By having the ability to pour only one or two glasses from a bottle, you don’t run the risk of having to drink spoiled wine or dump what you don’t finish. I’m a girl who is usually drinking wine by herself (my partner, Pete, isn’t much of a wine guy) so the Coravin now allows me to sample all the bottles I have at my leisure. I could have a glass of a Chardonnay, followed by a Syrah, and then cap the night off with a Malbec … all without opening a single bottle. It’s kind of like magic.

Just imagine you’re hosting a party and everyone wants to drink something different. It would be a nightmare scenario if you had to actually open all those bottles. With your handy-dandy Coravin, you can give everyone a taste of what they want without actually opening all of the bottles.

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Best Wine Preservation System: Find Yours in Coravin’s Range of Systems

Are you looking for a wine preservation system that will keep your bottles fresh for days, weeks, even months to come? Well, you’ve come to the right place. At Coravin, we offer a variety of systems and accessories to ensure your first glass is as good as your last – no matter how far apart the pours.

How do you use the Coravin systems?

CP: Coravin Timeless systems have a small, hollow needle that pierces through the cork. From there, you tilt the bottle to a 45° angle over a glass and quickly press and release the trigger to pour. Pure argon gas is injected into the bottle to replace the lost wine and preserve what’s left. After you remove the device from the bottle, a natural cork reseals itself so you store the bottle back on its shelf. If you’re hoping to drink a bottle with a synthetic cork or twist-off top, you can use the Coravin screw caps to preserve these bottles.

A close up of a woman pouring red wine into a glass using a Coravin Wine Preservation System.

How to use Coravin Timeless

Enhance your wine drinking experience

If you are looking to take your wine hobby to the next level, stock up on accessories to enhance the experience. The Coravin Aerator, designed exclusively to be used with all Coravin Timeless systems, is the perfect accessory to enhance the taste of your wine. This unique accessory rapidly aerates wine as you pour, yielding silky, smooth, aromatic results equivalent to decanting for 60-90 minutes. 

Coravin also sells a variety of needles for more delicate corks, argon capsule replacements, and screw caps for those wines with synthetic corks or twist off tops.