One of my favorite things about what I do is getting to tell my readers about wine that is both enjoyable to drink and made in a sustainable way. It always feels just a little bit like Christmas morning when I get to open a box with wine samples in it.
One slight problem is that when I open a bottle of wine to sample it and perhaps write about it, if it doesn’t get finished immediately the quality of the wine in the bottle decreases quickly. Anyone who drinks wine regularly understands that once wine has been exposed to oxygen, it’s not long before the wine “goes bad.”
Wired recently reviewed 5 wine preservation systems and chose a product called Private Preserve as the best overall at preserving open bottles of wine. The reviewer said he couldn’t “tell much of a difference between a fresh bottle of wine and one preserved with Private Preserve for a week. And after just two days, I actually thought the Private Preserve bottle tasted better than a freshly opened one.”
This Wine Enthusiast video explains how the can of inert gasses (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and argon) works to make sure oxygen does not stay in the empty part of an open wine bottle.
After sealing the bottle again with Private Preserve, I reopened on Friday night. I was still pleased with the quality of the wine. Then I decided to reseal the bottle one more time, but without using the Private Preserve. By Saturday night, the wine’s quality had decreased dramatically.
Private Preserve also claims to be the “greenest wine preserver in the world.”
The can is aluminum, the valve is stainless steel, and the cap and straw are plastic, all parts of the container are recyclable. Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide and Argon are the ONLY contents. Private Preserve harvests these three gases directly from the Earth’s atmosphere which we breath, using fractional distillation to separate and remove oxygen and impurities, nothing is destroyed, burned or consumed.
Have you had any experience with Private Preserve? Did it work for you?
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