Pouring red wine with the Model Eleven Wine Preservation System in a holiday setting

Wine 101

Coravin’s Holiday Wine & Needle Guide

December 16, 2020

Written By Coravin

We teamed up with our Pass the Coravin partners to create a well-rounded and delicious Holiday Wine Guide to sip through this season, featuring their favorite selections for the season. We’ve also paired their wine recommendations with a specific Coravin Needle, which is an essential part of your SmartClamps™ Wine Preservation System

All Coravin Needles are specially designed to pierce through a natural or agglomerated cork and allow you to pour wine without opening the bottle and spoiling the wine. The Needles are made of stainless steel with a non-stick coating, providing durability and easy insertion for hundreds of pours. 

Read on to learn the differences between each Coravin Needle and how to pair them with our Wine Guide.

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Standard Needle

The Coravin Standard Needle is also known as our Replacement Needle for all Systems except the Pivot and Model Eleven. When you purchase a Coravin Model Three, Five, or Six, the Standard Needle is automatically included in your purchase. The Model Eleven will come with a different Standard Needle that is only compatible with this System, as the automatic pour requires the Needle to have two chambers.

  • Shop Coravin Standard Needle for Models Three, Five, and Six now.

  • Shop Coravin Standard Needle and Spout Set for Model Eleven now

Standard Needle Pairing: 2017 Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico. This holiday, Sommelier Bobby Stuckey is sipping on this spicy Italian wine. With good acidity, wild aromas, and flavors of red cherry, this wine is surprisingly supple and nicely sweet. This wine collection staple doesn’t need any extra-special care; tap with the Coravin Standard Needle and enjoy!

Fast Pour Needle

The Coravin Fast Pour Needle has a wider design, allowing you to pour your favorite wines 20% faster than the Standard Needle. The Coravin Model Eleven has a separate Fast Pour Needle that is only compatible with this System, as the automatic pour requires the Needle to have two chambers.

  • Shop Coravin Fast Pour Needle for Models Three, Five, and Six now.

  • Shop Coravin Fast Pour Needle and Spout Set for Model Eleven now.

Fast Pour Needle Pairing: 2019 Nortico Alvarinho. Chosen by lifestyle and wine-influencer Nicole Dalton, this young and fresh Portuguese wine brings bright acidity and aromas of peach and grapefruit. It’s the perfect light and delicate wine for mentally escaping to warmer days. Access this delicious white wine quickly with your Fast Pour Needle.

Vintage Needle

The Coravin Vintage Needle has a thinner design, ideal for use on older bottles and more fragile corks. Its gentle insertion will keep the oldest bottles in your collection’s corks perfectly intact.

  • Shop Coravin Vintage Needle now.

Premium Needle

The gentleness of the Vintage Needle and the speed of the Fast Pour Needle meet with Coravin’s Premium Needle. Bring a smoother, quicker pour to all your wine tastings when accessing older wines or those with poor cork quality.

  • Shop Coravin Premium Needle now.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday season. Whether virtually or in-person, we hope you are able to connect with loved ones over a delicious glass of wine or two. Download our full 2020 Holiday Wine Guide now.  Do you have more questions regarding Coravin Needles, like how to change and clean them? Visit our extensive Needle user guide.