Review: Coravin Model One Wine Preservation System

Review: Coravin Model One Wine Preservation System


Since I reviewed the first Coravin wine preservation system in 2013 — the first review of the device ever published #humblebrag — the company has been up to a lot of work. The Coravin Model 1000 is now known as the Coravin Model Eight. A luxe edition called the Coravin Model Two has been released, and now there is a third version: A less expensive system called the Coravin Model One.

The Model One is designed to be millennial-friendly, clad in more Ikea-friendly white and blue plastic instead of black and silver. Other than that, slightly lighter materials, and some very minor design tweaks, I can tell you that after experimenting with both the Model One and the original Model 1000/Model Eight side by side, they are functionally identical.

Both devices work the same way: A needle goes down through the cork, wine comes out, and argon gas goes in. Argon canisters are replaceable (each handles about 3 bottles of wine) at a price of roughly $10 a canister, so figure a bit under $1 per glass for expendables. Both use the same needle (the Model Two has a slightly “faster” needle) and work exactly the same way.

So, if you’re considering a Coravin, should you spend $200 on the Model One or $300 on the Model Eight? Well, the blue and white color scheme isn’t the most attractive, but the Coravin isn’t all that handsome of a device to start with, no matter what color it is. If you’re choosing to keep the device in a drawer instead of on display (and since the Model One doesn’t come with a stand, you pretty much have to), I wouldn’t hesitate to save the hundred bucks and put that toward wine instead of gadgetry.


Coravin Model One Wine Preservation System




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Jonathan Feffer on May 3, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    No way let wine breathe before drinking?

  2. William Elder on March 25, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    We experienced only one pour per Argon canister; at $8 per canister, this is not cost efficient to taste a bottle of wine (assuming the average cost per bottle of wine is $9.97).

    • Christopher Null on March 25, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      That has not been my experience, which has been in line with Coravin’s claims that each canister gets you about 15 glasses of wine (roughly 3 bottles). Also, I only use this on more expensive wines; it’s definitely not cost effective on a $10 bottle. If you want to save a cheaper bottle overnight, I just use the hand-pump VacuVin.

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