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  • How Coravin Systems Work
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  • Insertion & Removal Difficulties
  • Foam & Cloudiness
  • System Gas Issues

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How to Use a Coravin

A close up of a woman pouring red wine into a glass using a Coravin Wine Preservation System.

How to Pour with Coravin


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How Coravin Systems Work

What is a Coravin Wine Preservation System?

The Coravin Wine Preservation System allows you to pour wine from a bottle without removing the cork. Whether you want a sip, a glass, or more, your last glass will always taste just as amazing as your first - even weeks, months, or years later. Coravin has also developed a Screw Cap accessory that enables wine lovers to enjoy and preserve bottles sealed with a screw cap for up to three months.

How does a Coravin Wine Preservation System work?

The Coravin Wine Preservation System is easy to use - just insert, tip, and pour. Place the Coravin Wine Preservation System on top of the bottle and push the Needle through the cork. Coravin works on all cork-sealed, still wines. Tip the bottle as if you are pouring from an open bottle. For our traditional systems, quickly press the trigger to pressurize the bottle. Release the trigger to pour into your glass. For the Model Eleven just tilt and pour. Tip the bottle back up to stop the pour. Remove the Needle by pulling the system straight up. The cork will reseal naturally and continue to protect your wine for weeks, months, or even years.

How are Coravin Systems different from other wine preservation options?

Other wine preservation systems require the cork to be pulled. This allows oxygen to mix with the wine and starts the process of oxidation. Coravin Systems pour wine without removing the cork, so oxygen never touches the wine in the bottle, allowing it to stay protected for months and years.

What testing has been done to prove that the Coravin System actually works?

Coravin routinely conducts blind taste tests with wine professionals of bottles previously accessed with the Coravin System against control bottles from the same case. Over 500 wine professionals have participated in these tastings. They have not been able to distinguish between previously accessed bottles and untouched controls. Watch the Coravin 3 Year Blind Tasting video here. Leading restaurants around the world now trust their wine by the glass program to the Coravin System.

How long does the wine last?

When the Coravin is used correctly, the wine in the bottle continues to evolve in the same way as if Coravin was never used.


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Differences Between Systems

What are the differences between the Coravin Models?

All Coravin Systems leverage the same patented technology that allows you to pour a glass of wine without removing the cork. Whether you are a wine lover or wine professional, there is a Coravin for you. Please refer to this helpful chart to compare Systems.


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System Care & Cleaning

Do I have to clean my Coravin System?

Yes. We recommend that you keep your Coravin System in top condition with simple, regular cleaning.

For Model One, Model Two, Model Two Elite and Limited Edition please click here for cleaning directions. 

For Model Three, Model Five, and Model Six please click here for cleaning directions.

For Model Eleven please click here for cleaning directions.

Can I travel with my Coravin System?

All Coravin Wine Systems are permitted during air travel without Coravin Capsule. However Coravin Pure™ Capsules are prohibited due to TSA restrictions and will be confiscated if traveling through an airport in the US. Restrictions vary by country.

Coravin Pure™ Capsules can be ordered here, for shipment directly to your destination.


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Difficulty Pouring

I’m trying to pour but nothing is coming out. What do I do?

There are several items to check if you are having trouble pouring wine. Remove the Coravin System from the bottle and give the trigger a quick press. If you hear gas escaping, then you have gas and the Needle is clear — the problem is likely that the Coravin System was not fully seated on the bottle and the Needle had not penetrated the closure.

If you do NOT hear gas escaping after a quick press of the trigger, you may simply be out of gas, or your Needle may be clogged with some cork particles. To check for a clogged Needle, unscrew the Needle from the Coravin System and then try a quick press of the trigger again. If you hear gas flow, then it is likely that your needle is clogged by some small cork particles. Please refer to Clearing a Clogged Needle or click here to watch our instructional video.

If you do NOT hear gas with the needle removed, then you are likely out of gas and need a new Coravin Capsule.

If none of these remedies work, please contact Customer Service.


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Leaking Problems

While pouring I notice that wine leaks from the Coravin or the cork. Why?

1. A loose Needle could cause some leaking or dripping while pouring. Please ensure that the Needle is tightly attached to the Coravin unit. You can check this by turning the Needle grip counter-clockwise until there is no more give to the turn. 

2. If you have previously accessed the bottle the most likely reason that a cork will leak is that you have used the Coravin System with a synthetic closure. Although this will not damage the Coravin Needle, and will still allow you to pour wine, the cork will not reseal, and oxidation will occur over time. If you have accessed a bottle with a synthetic closure, store it upright.

3. If you are accessing a bottle with a natural cork that is below room temperature or chilled, the cork will take a bit longer to reseal. This does not mean that oxygen is entering the bottle during the resealing process, the argon in the bottle is still protecting your wine.

4. It is possible that a small amount of residual wine in the Coravin Needle pooled in between the cork and the foil upon removal of the Coravin System from the bottle. This excess wine can sometimes leak from underneath the foil even though the cork has fully resealed.

5. If you access a bottle with a natural cork in poor condition, it is possible that it will not reseal fully and leak.

After pouring I notice that wine is leaking from the top of the Coravin or the cork. Why?

This is the result of residual wine from the Needle and the Needle path in the cork that settles to the top of the cork and will cause some dripping. It is a normal circumstance. If you notice a steady stream of wine however that is an indication that the wine is bottled with a synthetic cork that will not reseal.


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Insertion & Removal Difficulties

It is becoming difficult to insert and remove the Coravin System from wine bottles. What should I do?

Over time, if your Coravin System becomes difficult to push through the closure, 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. Replacement Needles can be ordered here.


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Foam & Cloudiness

Why does the wine seem to foam when I am pouring with my Coravin System?

Make sure that the bottle is tilted so that the spout is lower than the bottle's base, and that the needle tip in the bottle is always submerged in wine. If the needle tip is not submerged, a mix of argon and wine will flow out of the bottle causing excessive foam. For the optimal pour, pour along the inside edge of the glass, as this reduces splash and bubbles in the wine.

When I pour with my Coravin System I sometimes see a cloud form in the bottle. Why is this?

When you are done pouring and tilt the bottle back upright, the inside of the bottle goes from high to low pressure which can create a cloud that will quickly dissipate. This is normal and does not affect the remaining wine.


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System Gas Issues

My Coravin System does not seem to hold gas very long. What should I do?

Please ensure that you are tightening the Capsule Cup as quickly and firmly onto the System as possible; there should be no more give left to the cup. If the cup is not twisted on tightly enough, it may not seal fully, allowing argon gas to escape from the Coravin System.

Also, be sure that you use only enough gas for the pour that you want. If, when you finish your pour and bring the bottle back to an upright position, you hear a long release of gas then you may have used too much gas for the pour that you want; the gas just releases into the air and is wasted. At the end of your pour you should hear only a slight “psst” of gas if you hear anything at all. We recommend using several short presses of the trigger to control your pour and optimize your gas.