There are plenty of ways to open a nice bottle of wine, but they all involve the avoidable decision to finish the bottle (or risk the weird-tasting leftovers). We can do better than this, people. A new opener from Coravin aimed at connoisseurs lets you drink one glass at a time, by performing what amounts to a surgical procedure on your bottle.
Coravin’s Wine Access System 1000, which launched today, sounds a little like magic at first glance. The device is a lot like a standard opener, except that the traditional corkscrew has been replaced with a thin, hollow needle. When you push it into the cork, it releases a dose of argon inside the bottle’s chamber. That pressurizes the contents to the point where the wine is forced up into the needle and out of the spout—meaning that there’s no chance air will weasel its way inside. (It's the same method, essentially, that scientists use when drilling into a body of water they don't want to contaminate.) When you’re done, the cork springs back into place.