By now you've heard a lot about the gadgets and tools at Gizmodo's Home of the Future—but here's one more that knocked our future-socks off: Coravin's Wine Access System 1000, which uses argon gas to extract wine out of a bottle without actually popping the cork.
Here's how the system, which was being used to pour wine for guests at a recent Home of the Future event, works in a nutshell. First, you attach it it to your bottle and push its long needle through the sealed cork:
Then, you trigger a nozzle-like lever at the head of the device, which pushes a dose of argon—an odorless, colorless, nontoxic gas—into the small space between the bottom of the cork and the wine itself. This, as Coravin's reps explained, pressurizes the inside of the bottle—which pushes the wine upwards into the thin needle.
The argon's pressure pushes the wine up and out of the spout, so you can pour it. Finally, you reverse the process and pull the needle out of the cork.
Because cork is so springy, the super-thin puncture closes up immediately. You can even turn the bottle upside down without any drops leaking.
Et voila. You can do this upwards of 20 times to any given bottle without damaging the cork—that's more than enough for any given bottle if you're pouring even small portions. At $300 it's not cheap—but it's also designed for wine fans that spend more than that on a bottle. For us, it was just fun to see it in action.
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