It was called a “killer device” by Robert Parker but the gadget that allows wine lovers to drink wine from a bottle without opening has had to issue a safety notice after complaints of bottles bursting.
“It has come to our attention that, in certain circumstances, wine bottles can burst when used with the Coravin system, presenting a risk of lacerations,” the company said in an email sent out to Coravin customers, which was later posted on WineBerserkers.com. It states that the company has “received seven reports of bottles bursting including one report of a laceration.”
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The company has stopped selling and shipping its devices and has advised customers to stop using Coravin until a “remedy package” has been sent to them. The remedy, it explains, is a neoprene bottle sleeve.
Its website provides a “Proper Use and Important Safeguards” document, advising customers to inspect bottles for flaws, not to use the device on bottles that are an irregular shape or hand blown, nor on bottles that are larger than 750ml.
It is hoped that “disruption will be over in July”.
Since launching, the Coravin Wine Access System has won the 2014 Innovation of the Year Award from French wine publication La Revue du Vin de France and was awarded the highest accolade – a gold medal – at the Edison Awards.