Coravin Model Two Plus Pack Wine Preservation System
Coravin Model One Wine Preservation System
Private Preserve True 1026 Wine Preservation System
OK, so here’s the scenario – you’ve got a cheeky little bottle of wine calling to you from the wine rack, but you only fancy one glass. Do you open it for that instant fruity hit of pinot grape knowing you’ve sacrificed the rest of the bottle, or do you save it for another day?
Yup, life is full of tough dilemmas but for this one, Gear Hungry has the answer: with a wine preservation system you can do both.
These nifty little gadgets can make your go-to vino last well beyond the first glug by tackling all the things that make it go flat and taste bad. They take the hassle out of trying to force the mangled cork back into the bottle (come on, we’ve all done that) and stop us throwing away a perfectly good bottle of wine when we could be drinking it another day.
Wine preservers don’t all work the same way – some suck, some add gas, others get all aerated as they tackle the oxygen and bacteria bad guys – but they do mean you can continue to drink your favourite vintage long after the cork has popped.
So, put down the corkscrew and that bottle of Chateauneuf de Pape and read our round up of what we think are the currently the best wine preservation systems out there.
The Best Wine Preservation Systems
At over $300, the Model Two Plus Pack is on the pricy side and probably more suited to the wine connoisseur rather than the bargain wine drinker. But with its design credentials and reputation from one of the market leaders Coravin, you certainly get a lot of wine preserver wizardry for the price.
The Coravin Model Two Plus Pack is a good investment option if you prefer to buy a top notch vintage to drink and enjoy slowly, one glass at a time rather than glug through a $10 bargain. Its wine spray, which forms a protective layer on the wine to keep oxygen out, comes with an impressive 99.99% pure argon gas rating. This super-blaster gives the contents of your opened bottle a high level of protection against oxidization and preserving the quality taste of your wine for several weeks.
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Coravin Capsule Load Cell Technology makes installing gas easier
Made from recyclable steel, the Proprietary Coravin Capsules contain more than 99.99% pure argon gas to protect wine from oxidation
Easy to open and close, the Properfit Clamp provides a secure hold on the bottle
Carry case for storage and easy transport
- Weight1.75 pounds
Now here’s a tried and tested product that’s perfect for the casual wine drinker who’s reluctant to waste that half bottle of Chenin Blanc, all at an affordable price. The Private Preserve True is a wine spray in an ingeniously simple can that has enough gas to use on up to 120 bottles…not that we are setting you a wine-drinking target!
The Private Preserve uses a mixture of non-toxic gases – carbon dioxide, nitrogen and argon to be precise for the mad scientists among you – which creates a protective layer on the wine surface to keep the evil oxidizing oxygen at bay. It’s also so simple to use: insert the extension tube into the neck bottle and off you spray. This is a great priced product for the ordinary wine drinker or for taking with you on holiday or the beach to keep your vino lasting longer. Top review tip from the Internet: use in combination with your refrigerator and you’ll have fresh, tasty wine for a week or more.
Easily portable and storable
Replaces oxygen in the bottle with carbon dioxide, nitrogen and argon to keep wine fresh
Easy to use tube enables you to get the product into the bottle neck
Also, well suited to preserving port, sherry, malts and whiskeys
Capable of preserving up to 120 bottles of wine
- BrandPrivate Preserve
- Weight8 ounces
An oldie but a goodie, the Vacu Vin was one of the very first wine vacuums on the market and its certainly stayed the distance with its great valuepump that’s speedy at sucking out the air (but not the joy) from your vino drinko.
Its manufacturers say that the Vacu Vin can keep your leftover wine tasting fresh for up to a week and who are we to argue. Similar in looks to a heavyweight bottle opener, the Vacu Vin is super easy to use and does the job at hand, effectively extracting the cork and resealing the bottle with a rubber wine stopper. You then create a neat little vacuum inside the bottle by pumping until you hear the distinct Vacu Vin click. The seal can be quickly removed when you are ready for another glass, then pump away to reseal. Easy! Great for using at home, although it can’t work its vacuum magic on sparkling wines. Oh well…it’ll just have to be the Beaujolais. If you like sparkling beverages, make sure you check our top soda makers review.
Removes all air from your wine bottle, keeping wine fresh for up to a week
Easy to use vacuum pump that fits most standard sized bottles
Comes with two reusable bottle stoppers
Unique click sound to indicate an air tight seal
Suitable for all red and white wines (but not sparkling)
- BrandVacu Vin
- Weight3.04 ounces
The Aervana is a super little aerating wine dispenser with some sophisticated looks that can help to really improve the taste and freshness of even your supermarket bargain wine.
While not specifically a wine preserver, the Aervana works to boost the taste and quality of the wine as you drink it, helping to preserve its freshness and flavor in the process. By actually adding air to your bottle, rather than sucking it out, the Aervana works to counter the tannin effect to soften the taste of your vino. It’s a bit of a miracle worker too, taking the rough edge off a cheaper wine as well as helping to mature a younger classic vintage. The Aervana works best with red wines or stronger whites such as Burgundies and white Bordeaux.
With the push of a button perfectly aerated wine is delivered straight to your glass
Designed to keep wine sediment in the bottom of the bottle
Fast, easy to use and clean
The Aervana process provides more air contact surface to speed oxidation
Portable size and no-mess design making it ideal to take on the road
- Weight1.5 pounds
Another wine aerator system, Nutrichef’s Electric Wine model comes in at a lower price so not quite so eye-catching as the Aervana but it’s a tasty proposition when it comes to adding flavor to your tipple.
The airtight design of the Nutrichef helps to protect the bottle’s contents after opening it, making it a real multi-tasker when it comes to preserving your wine. The simple to use electric aerator pump works to improve the taste of your wine as well as reducing compounds within the bottle that can lead to oxidation. The result is a tasty glass of wine that you can enjoy on day one…and come back to repeat the experience a few days later.
Non-splash, no-mess metal spout
Includes a hard and soft straw to reach the bottom of both smaller and larger wine bottles
Electric aerator pump stopper sits on top any size wine bottle to make a tight seal
Press and hold the button at the top of the dispenser tap pourer spout to activate the pump motor machine
Operated by set of 4 AA batteries (not included)
- Weight15.8 ounces
The Sello takes the idea of removing oxygen straight to the source, with an effective cartridge system that sits within the bottle to absorb not only oxygen but excess moisture – your wine’s enemy when it comes to flavor and aroma.
Based on a simple design, the Sello uses natural elements rather than gases to eliminate air from an opened bottle of wine, with the system doubling up as a wine stopper to also stop unwanted light and changes in temperature. And although tightly sealed, you can still get to your wine in a flash, with the stopper doubling up as a dripless pourer. Genius.
Preservation and no drip stopper/pourer in one
Uses cartridges with natural elements to regulate oxygen and moisture levels
Can keep an opened bottle of wine fresh for up to seven days
Simple and easy to use, with no mess
Also works with for liquor, spirits and beer
- Weight10.1 ounces
We return to the classy Coravin but this time the younger – and cheaper –wine preserverbrother, the Model One. Much more lightweight than the Coravin Model Two Plus Pack, the One has been designed with the more infrequent, casual wine drinker in mind. But while its target user isn’t necessarily popping a wine cork every night or adding to their extensive wine collection, the Model One still provides superior wine and taste preservation.
The Model One wine preservation system has a simpler design but uses the same argon gas technology to protect your wine from oxidization. The only noticeable difference is the pouring time, which is simply not as fast as its bigger brother. But when it comes to a deliciously fresh glass of Vino Rouge or Blanco, some things are simply worth waiting for. And if you are a beer lover as well, make sure you check our guide to the top strongest beers on the market today.
Lightweight and easy to use
Easy to attach bottle clamp with grip provides a secure and stable hold on the bottle
Fits on a variety of sized standard bottles.
Non-coring, faster pouring needle allows access to wine without cork damage
Argon gas, an inert gas used in the wine-making process, protects the remaining wine from oxidation.
- Weight1.7 pounds
We finish on a wine preservation system that has one of the simplest designs in our review – and is all the better for it.
The ZOS Halo wine preserver looks and fits like a substantial bottle stopper but looks can be deceptive. Beneath its unassuming wine sealed exterior lies a clever cartridge system that claims to be able to absorb 100% of wine-damaging oxygen in minutes. Not only that, but its preserving magic on an open bottle of wine can last up to eight weeks – that’s the longest in all the wine preserving systems we’ve reviewed. Battery operated, the ZOS halo fits most 750ml bottles and each replaceable cartridge can be used on up to 15 bottles.
Easy to use – simply inserts into bottle like a stopper and fits most 750ml bottles
Can preserve open bottles of wine for up to eight weeks
Cartridge contains a Patented, nontoxic, USDA food-grade material
Each cartridge lasts for 5-15 bottles depending on duration of usage
Absorbs 100% of wine-damaging oxygen within minutes
- ModelSL-900 (ZOSSL900)
- Weight5.9 ounces
Wine Preservation System Buying Guide & FAQ
How We Chose Our Selection of Wine Preservation System:
We’ve poured over the best wine preservation systems out there, so you can spend more time choosing your next bottle of Cabernet. We used the following criteria to ensure the final list is worth popping a cork for:
- Performance – not just in effectiveness when it comes to preserving your precious pinot but also ease of use and how long the system will last
- Price – we looked for value for money in terms of quality, output and extra features
Features To Look For In Wine Preservation System:
While your final choice will be determined by how often you will use a wine preservation system, whether you will need it to be portable (vino on the beach anyone?) and what quality of wine you will be looking to drink, you will also need to be sure the product ticks all of the following boxes:
- Design – look for a system that is not over-complicated as you know what you want it for and what it needs to do. For clamp-on wine sprays,wine aerators or wine vacuums, you need to ensure it has a secure fit and can at least work with a standard size bottle (750ml).
- Ease Of Use – you don’t want a fiddly system that could end up with a serious wine spillage or worse. Can you easily fit it on the bottle or feed the pump line into the bottle neck without wasting either the wine preserver or the wine itself. Can the system be easily portable if you decide to dine al fresco?
- Durability–as well as the design and suitability of your chosen wine preservation system, you need to factor in how many times it can be used. Many of the systems use cartridges or gas capsules which will need to be replaced. Check how often (this is where value for money comes in) and how easy it is for you to source replacements.
- Safety– it sounds obvious, but make sure the product fits the bottle and there’s no risk of the glass breaking, if you are going for a wine spray check the gas contents to make sure you are happy they are totally safe, and the spray system is secure. Read the instructions carefully when using a spray, wine aerator or wine vacuum for the first time.
Types of Wine Preservation Systems:
There are two main ways of protecting your favorite vinowith a wine preservation systemthat keeps the contents of your opened bottle totally quaffable and fresh:
Spray: simply put, this involves using a wine preserver to protect the surface of the wine with a layer of gas. Spray systems use the inert gas argon (or other gas mixtures) to preserve the wine by replacing the oxygen inside the bottle and creating a protective layer of the wine surface. To sound like a chemistry teacher - argon specifically, is non-reactive and as it is heavier than air, effectively protects and prevents the wine from oxidizing.
Vacuum: this does exactly what it says on the tin by using a pump to extract all the air out of an opened bottle of vino before you reseal it with a wine stopper. The easiest and often the cheapest option, a wine vacuum is a simple way to prolong your wine’s shelf-life. However, they can’t always create a totally airtight space inside the bottle although your wine should stay fresh for at least three days.
You can also choose to opt for a wine aerator system - which pushes oxygen into the wine to improve taste and also keep it fresh - or an absorber, which uses cartridges that absorb the oxygen and unwanted moisture within an opened wine bottle.
Wine Preservation System FAQ
Q: What Is A Wine Preservation System?
A: A wine preservation system is a great way of extending the drinking life of your favorite vintage after you’ve popped the cork. They also makes great gifts for wine lovers. Not only can they extend the shelf-life of an opened bottle of wine, they can also preserve the taste. A wine preservation system can be as simple as a replacement cork or wine sealer but for superior taste and longevity, opt for a specificwine preservation system. There are two main ways of preserving the quality and taste of your wine – pump the air out of the bottle using a wine vacuum or cover the surface of the wine with a protective gas. Both systems work to protect the wine from its arch nemesis – oxygen – for as long as possible and reduce its damaging effects on the wine’s flavor.
Q: Can Wine Go Bad?
A: In short, yes. When the cork is taken out of a bottle of wine, the wine is immediately exposed to air, causing it to oxidize – meaning it starts to lose its freshness and will eventually darken in color. Bacteria in the wine are also fed on oxygen and with the cork removed will eventually turn the alcohol into acetic acid – leading to a rather unpleasant vinegar taste. An expensive bottle of wine is more robust than a $10 bottle from the mini-mart, but all wine will eventually turn bad. But while an off wine tastes unpleasant, it isn’t harmful - so you can’t go blaming that hangover on a bad bottle!
Q: How Do I Tell If Wine Has Gone Bad?
A: It’s not just the taste that will tell you whether you’ve got a bad’un, there are other, sometimes more subtle clues to show if a bottle of opened wine has gone on the turn.
A cloudiness to the wine or if there is a film left in your glass indicates there’s some oxygen-fed microbe activity kicking off inside the opened bottle. Bad wine may also have a sharp vinegar smell and could also start to brown in color and lose its luster. If you suspect the wine is off, also check for tiny bubbles which come from a ‘second fermenting’ in the bottle due to all the unwanted chemistry going on. Trust us, this isn’t a new form of sparkling wine, it will taste pretty sour and rather unpleasant.
Q: How Long Does Wine Last After It's Opened?
A: An opened bottle of wine will typically last around three to five days with its cork or a wine stopper in place although the taste quality will change during this time, as the wine oxidizes. Most white and rose wines will be considered drinkable for around five days if stored in your refrigerator. Sparkling wines should be drunk within three days, although Champagne is a bit tougher and can last a little longer.
Q: Will Alcohol Percentages And Wine Taste Change After It's Opened?
A: Once a bottle of wine is opened, its alcohol percentage is unlikely to change as you will probably not have it opened long enough for the time needed for the alcohol to evaporate. As wine has relatively low alcohol levels – typically 12 to 16% - it would take weeks for evaporation to cause any significant percentage drop.
However, once the cork is out and air comes into the equation, other changes are afoot. For some tannin-rich reds, the arrival of air can actually temporarily improve the flavor by softening the taste – we’ve all heard the phrase ‘letting a wine breathe’. But eventually the oxygen-fed bacteria in all wine get a little stir-crazy and the delicious taste of your favorite vino will turn sour and sharp.
Q: Do Quality Wines Last Longer Than Cheap Ones?
A: More expensive wines do have the potential to last longer than cheaper plonk as they tend to be more concentrated, helping them fend off the damaging effects of oxygen for a little longer when opened. And a quality red wine will have more tannin which acts as an antioxidant. However, a more expensive white wine with naturally lower tannin levels will not be able to put up as good a fight. But all wines degrade as soon as you pop the cork so how you store them before you open them and how your treat them afterwards using a wine preservation system can make a big difference to how long your vino – cheap or budget-busting - lasts.
Q: How Do I Store Wine At Home?
A: The way you store your wine can help you preserve it at its best and ensure it is totally quaff-ready. Ideally you need to keep your wine in the dark (UV rays ages wine as well as our faces) and store wine bottles on their side to keep the cork moist and prevent air getting inside. A consistent temperature is also important, around 12 and 19 °C for red wine and 8 and 12 °C for white. Above these temperatures – or if you put your precious wine through too many temperature changes - and your vino will age much quicker and the cork could seep. If you are putting together a nice little vino collection of your own, wine racks are a good way to go, just don’t store them anywhere too hot. And don’t forget, everything eventually has a shelf-life, even wine - most day-to-day wines are at their best drinking quality within 3 to 5 years of production.
Q: How Do I Store Wine After It's Opened?
A: The key to storing your wine is to keep it as fresh as you can as soon as the bottle has been opened. This means re-corking the bottle after every glass you pour –several of our reviewed wine preservation systems are ideal to also use as a reseal - and keep the bottle out of daylight if you can. When you’ve had enough to drink, pop the cork tightly back into the bottle and store at room temperature with the bottle standing upright.
Q: Does Wine Need To Be Refrigerated?
A: Ideally yes, if it’s a white, put it in the cool box with a wine stopper to help it from spoiling too soon. Do the same with sparkling wine too, as cold temperatures keep the bubbles from dissipating. And white wine – even if it’s a few days old - is always so much better when served with a bit of a chill!
Red wine is a different beast altogether as cold can affect its taste which is why unopened bottles should be stored at room temperature. Putting an opened bottle of red in the refrigerator can also do more damage as temperature fluctuations can affect the chemistry and ruin its flavor.
So, there you go, our glass-raising guide to preserving your opened bottle of wine…cheers!
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