It has always been Coravin founder Greg Lambrecht’s plan to have a preservation system for still and sparkling wine, and this week it came to fruition with the launch of a device for fizz.
Having pretty much perfected the tools for preserving and serving wine in any amount with the Coravin Models Three, Five, and Six – which were unveiled early last year – the wine technology business has been focused on the next step in its journey: a system for fizz.
Made complicated by the presence of Carbon Dioxide under pressure, designing a system that keeps the oxygen out of wine, and the sparkle in it, has not been easy – indeed, Lambrecht told the drinks business back in 2016 that it was a “challenge”, and “the hardest thing I’ve done”.
However, the challenge has now been completed, with Lambrecht introducing virtually The Coravin Sparkling™ preservation system on Wednesday this week – a device, which the inventor claims, is the only universal solution to preserve sparkling wines for two weeks.
Designed with both the on-premise partner and consumer in mind – and launched initially for the US market – the portable system pairs a secure, universal-fit stopper with a hand-held charging unit to maintain sparkling wine’s carbonation level between pours, providing two weeks of preservation.
“When we first introduced the original Coravin system, we always knew that someday we would bring the same power and freedom to the sparkling wine category,” said Lambrecht.
Continuing, he said, “After spending years in development, we’re thrilled to introduce Coravin Sparkling and deliver on our continued vision to allow anyone to pour any wine, still or sparkling, in any amount, without the pressure to quickly finish the bottle or the fear of wasting it.”
As part of the product development process, the Coravin team worked with industry professionals from around the world to test early prototypes and validate the technology.
“After testing the Coravin sparkling system, we consider it an amazing addition to our wine tools,” said Yohann Jousselin, Master Sommelier, assistant vice president for food and wine at Shangri-La International Hotel Management.
He added, “We are finally able to expand our sparkling wines by-the-glass program without the risk of wastage.”
Meanwhile, Daniel Johnnes, founder of La Paulée and corporate wine director for Daniel Boulud, said, “I could not be more thrilled about the timing of the new Coravin sparkling system. I will now be able to sample Champagne or any sparkling wine with the same excitement as still wines.”
Continuing, he said, “This is the hottest category of wines and people have finally discovered that sparkling wine, especially Champagne, is not just a wine for celebrations. They are wines for pairing with your meal. I can now have a glass of Blanc de Blancs with my appetizer and move on to fuller bodied styles with the main course. And most importantly, I can do that and know the sparkling wine will still be fresh for another day.”
To use the Coravin Sparkling™ system, open the bottle and, when finished pouring the desired amount, place the Sparkling Stopper on the bottle and secure it with the locking handle.
Then use the Sparking Charger to fill the head space with Coravin Pure™ Sparkling CO2, preventing bubbles in the wine from escaping. To pour the next glass, carefully remove the stopper and pour the desired amount. When finished, re-attach the Sparkling Stopper and re-charge the bottle with the Sparkling Charger.
The Coravin Sparkling™ System package contains one Sparkling Charger Device, two Sparkling Stoppers, four Coravin Pure™ Sparkling CO2 Capsules and two protective bottle sleeves.
The patent-pending universal Sparkling Stopper features an internal locking clamp design that self-adjusts to fit securely on all standard 750 mL and magnum 1.5L bottles, even the distinctive bottles from notable luxury Champagne producers, making it truly universally compatible.
This proprietary locking design also maintains up to 55 psi of pressure, secure enough to preserve the natural pressure found in sparkling wines before they have been opened.
The patent-pending Sparkling Charger uses Coravin Pure™ Sparkling CO2 Capsules to inject carbon dioxide into the bottle through the Sparkling Stopper to fill the bottle.
“We know from conversations with our trade partners and customers that there is a strong desire for a product that allows for by-the-glass consumption of sparkling wines, perhaps even greater than still wines,” said Christopher Ladd, chief executive officer for Coravin, Inc.
Continuing, he said, “Coravin Sparkling is poised to truly revolutionize the way the world experiences sparkling wines, and we’re thrilled to be able share our passion and innovation for enhancing the wine experience with professionals and wine enthusiasts everywhere.”
The Coravin Sparkling™ Wine Preservation System MSRP will be £399.99. Coravin Pure™ Sparkling CO2 replenishment capsules will be available in 6- and 12-packs with an MSRP of £44.99 and £79.99, respectively.
Additional Sparkling Stoppers will be available in 2-packs with an MSRP of £79.99. All items will be available in the US from late summer through Coravin.com, leading retailers and select distributors.
The product is expected to be launched in Europe in September.
To learn more about Coravin and the new Sparkling system, click here.