When asked by the family this year what I would like for Christmas, I realised that I have a massive stockpile of socks, handkerchiefs and pants from answering that question for a couple of decades. I mean, how many pairs of pants does a man need to enjoy his main hobby!
So my answer was a Coravin.
I know nothing about them (apart from review videos and their rather swish website), have the impression that they are rather a lot of money (but it’s not going to be mine this time), may cost as much to run as 5.0L Mustang (time will tell) and that I might well end up stabbing myself with that rather intimidating needle!
It’s the concept that I find fascinating. If I can actually have a glass of that monumentally expensive bottle that I have tucked away, or try something to see if I think it is ready (when the reviews are conflicting) or have a different glass of wine to my wife at dinner, then that could be a game-changer for me.
I am unsure if it will raise or lower my consumption? I don’t want to drink more than I do at the moment (for sensible health and weight reasons) and tend to go through a couple of bottles over the weekend and the odd half-bottle mid-week. These are shared with Lady Brentw1 but she will only have a couple of very small glasses out of each. Then of course, I finish the bottle(s) “because it won’t keep past one night”
I’ve already decided that because of the cost, I’m not going to use the contraption on everyday modest bottles, but am hoping that it will allow me to experiment with some of the stuff that I have carefully cellared for the past couple of decades.
Will my consumption go up or down? I’ll keep you posted and would love to hear your views.