Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Experiment in progress: Vacuvin wine saver

This simple device allows you to reseal a bottle of wine by creating a partial vacuum in the bottle. By reducing the amount of air trapped in the bottle the wine's oxidation is slowed. Store the wine in the fridge to further impede oxidation.

When you're ready to serve the wine again you remove it from the fridge and let it sit for twenty minutes to return to room temperature (apparently red wine is horrible cold). Then release the vacuum and pull out the rubber cork and serve.

The vacuum pump was very easy to operate and the rubber cork is easy enough to remove when the time comes.

In theory an opened bottle can last three days or longer if carefully resealed with the Vacuvin. We shall see how tonight's cabernet fares tomorrow.


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