Using the Coravin System
Coravin Wine System
Before using your Coravin System, perform a visual inspection of the wine bottle you plan to access. If you notice any signs of damage or flaws (e.g. cracked, crushed, or chipped; or containing white glass inclusions, indicating un-melted glass.), then do not use the Coravin System on that bottle.
Always be sure to use a Coravin Wine Bottle Sleeve when accessing with the Coravin System.
Before inserting the Coravin Needle into the bottle, quickly press the trigger to clear the system of any excess oxygen or wine.
Coravin Capsules are specially designed to work with the Coravin System to ensure safe operation and optimal preservation of your wine. Use of non-Coravin capsules, re-use of any part of the Capsule, or connection to sources of gas other than Coravin Capsules is dangerous and may cause injury to users or others nearby. Use of large capacity gas sources with Coravin System can result in gas leaks which could cause serious injury or death
The Coravin Capsule contains argon gas, an inert gas that does not react with wine, and has no effect on the taste profile. It is one of the seven gases that occur naturally in the air we breathe and is regularly used in the wine making process.
The Coravin Capsules are pressurized, and should be stored between -22° and 149° F, (-30° to +65° C). Coravin capsules contain gas under pressure, and may explode if heated. Store in a well-ventilated place, and out of direct sunlight.
Changing a Coravin Needle
If you notice it becoming difficult to insert or remove the needle into the cork, the coating on the needle may be worn. Inspect the tip to look for wear or damage. If the Non-stick coating has worn off, leaving a silver color rather than black, you may need a new needle. You can order replacement needles here.
Wines, Bottles & Closures
The Coravin Wine System should be used with a Coravin Wine Bottle Sleeve on standard cylindrical shaped wine bottles (e.g. Bordeaux, Burgundy or Riesling). See below for more details.
At this time, we only offer Coravin Wine Bottle Sleeves for 750ml bottle.
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, and depends on when and where it was harvested, and manufacturing techniques. Over time, corks can become brittle, dry and fragile, especially when a bottle isn’t stored properly (horizontally, with wine covering the cork to keep it from drying out).