Don't know about you guys, but I'm a massive sucker for food and drink gadgets, and I love spending endless hours trolling the internet for fun, ingenious kitchen tools that I can't actually justify buying, like the selection below:
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Now you're aware that I'm a gadget-nerd (as I'm sure many of you out there are as well), you'll understand that I'm always on the lookout for cool new toys. This week's Vinexpo 2016 has come and gone, but the good things we've discovered during the festival are here to stay. Particularly, Coravin. I'm going to sound like a horrible telemarketer, but this gadget is actually really nifty. Take a look at this:
And for the stubborn non-believers, I got Greg Lambrecht, the inventor and founder of Coravin, to demonstrate it to me in person in GIF form:And it doesn't even spill!
Greg Lambrecht created this wine access tool that allows the desired quantity of any wine, from any natural cork-top bottle, to be poured and enjoyed by the glass, without uncorking, because a) struggling to pull corks out of a bottle is annoying and hard if you're an amateur uncorker like moi and b) the wine is best preserved and kept unspoiled when the content is never exposed to oxygen. Gone are the days of having to decide between one bottle or another between family, friends, and even my own indecisive self - now, I can have them all!
Okay, but how does it work? Coravin's wine gadget uses a medical-grade needle to puncture through the cork. Argon, a harmless, inert gas widely used by winemakers worldwide, is pumped through the hollow needle to create pressure that, in turn, pushes the wine out. Cork, being one of the most pliable materials, will naturally reseal itself after the needle is withdrawn and the wine will not aerate. The bottle can then be stored for months and even years with the wine quality still intact.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it isn't. Apparently, Coravin has done taste tests with wine producers and wine experts to determine that, yes, they can definitely put their money where their mouth is. During this research, participants were given 10 glasses, some of which had been previously accessed with Coravin, and some which had never been opened, and not one single glass was found to be "oxidized, un-servable or unexpectedly varied".
So, it's a tool that will become my enabler in splurge-buying three different bottles of wine that I can then enjoy on my own as I binge-watch Netflix for so many hours that my television starts raising concerns for my wellbeing? Sold. Also, great news for commitment-phobes; you'll never have to settle with just one selection and it means that you can enjoy a different wine with each course of a solo meal without having to finish each bottle.
At $2,800, Coravin still carries a hefty price tag to its name, so if you're like me, a habitual drinker of so-so wines, this probably isn't the product for you. But if you're hoarding fine bottles with price tags just as hefty as the Coravin (and heftier), you might want to look into procuring one. Or give one to Dad this Father's Day (psst, it's 19th June, so get on it). They're available through Watson's Wine here and at their brick-and-mortar locations throughout HK.