Wines, Bottles, Closures

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The Four C's of Perfect Wine Preservation

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The Four C's of Perfect Wine Preservation


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Wine Types & Storage

What types of wines does the Coravin System work with?

Coravin Systems work with the following list of wines except for bottles that contain sparkling wine or champagne. Do NOT USE the Coravin System on bottles that contain sparkling wine or champagne.

Still
Still wines in standard sized bottles are fine for use with the Coravin System.

Dessert & Fortified
Due to higher sugar content of dessert wines, we recommend that you run through the System cleaning routine twice, as described in the System Care & Cleaning under Systems above, to ensure that none of the wine remains in the system.

Chilled
A chilled cork may reseal a bit slower, so you should keep these bottles standing upright until it has resealed.

20+ Years Old
To reduce the risk of causing damage to an older cork, use the Vintage Needle which you can purchase here, or in a set with other specialty needles here.

How long does the wine last?

When the Coravin System is used correctly, the wine in the bottle continues to evolve in the same way as if Coravin was never used.

How should my wine be stored after using a Coravin System?

We recommend storing your wine bottles on their side, in a temperature-controlled environment suitable for wine. Ensure the wine covers the cork surface inside the bottle so the cork does not dry out.

For chilled wines, the cork may take a bit longer to reseal, usually within a minute. Keep these standing vertically until the cork has resealed.


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Bottles

What types of bottles can the Coravin System be used with?

The Coravin Wine System should be used with a Coravin Wine Bottle on standard cylindrical shaped wine bottles (e.g. Bordeaux, Burgundy, or Riesling). The Coravin Wine Preservation System is recommended for 750ml and 1.5l bottles - the clamps will not fit effectively on larger bottle sizes.


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Closures

What types of wine cork closures does the Coravin System work with?

Bottles closed with natural cork are best because they will reseal after pouring with the Coravin System. Please keep in mind that a colder cork will take longer to reseal. Leave chilled bottles standing upright after pouring to allow more time to reseal.

Coravin Systems will also work with Agglomerated Cork, Multi-piece Cork, Twin Top Cork. Be careful when using bottles with Wax seals. A thin wax coating will not affect usage. It is malleable enough that it will not damage the Needle or hinder your ability to access wine. A thick waxy disc underneath the foil, most common in vintage Ports, can cause serious damage to the Needle.

Coravin Systems DO NOT work with glass closures. This type of closure will cause permanent damage to the Coravin Needle.

Do not use with Champagne or Sparkling wines.

Do Coravin Systems work with synthetic wine closures?

While a synthetic cork closure will not damage your Coravin Needle, the closure will not reseal, and thus permit oxidation after some time. If you access a bottle with a synthetic closure, store it upright to ensure that it does not leak.

Does the Coravin System perform equally well with all natural cork closures?

The Coravin System works only as well as the cork that is closing the bottle. If the cork in the bottle is of poor quality, it is likely that the cork will not effectively protect the wine. This is true regardless of whether you use the Coravin System or not.

Unfortunately, the quality of cork varies. It depends upon when and where it was harvested as well as manufacturing techniques. Over time, corks can become brittle, dry and fragile, especially when a bottle is not stored properly.