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Will Essencia clog a Coravin?

Hello all-

Looking to expand my dessert wine offerings, and I'm fascinated by Essencia. But since I'm not sure how fast it'll sell and I like to coravin as much as possible (even "bomb-proof" wines like Madeira), I'm wondering if the coravin would it even work on such a viscous wine? We served it by the literal spoonful as my last gig but they never let me pour it (or taste it!)... It seems pretty coating and gluey. Maybe you have to soak it afterwards? Help me.

And thoughts on price? Many thanks. 

  • I'd email their customer support, they're pretty great responding.

    I think if you want to go BTG on it you can just keep vacuvin'd and refrigerated and it'll last PLENTY long. you'll sell through it before it goes. 

  • Seems like a good situation to try out a repour. I like the coravin and we use them extensively at work, but they’re not perfect. If you use them enough on flights with both red and white wines, even with “purging” between wines, you’ll notice the tops of both corks stain red, so you know there’s some crossover. I would imagine using that device on anything but just that essencia at one time could be problematic. For both the essencia and anything else used afterwards.

    I think you could use it on the essencia but would probably be better if you have a separate coravin to dedicate to that bottle.

  • Essencia will last well over a month if not two (or longer?) before you start to see any real degrading nature to the wine, assuming it's rather young around 10 years of age. I'd be careful for using it for high end Madeira simply because if it's been in bottle a particularly long time it would do the wine a great benefit of allowing it to have some air before serving.
    The newest model of the Coravin also allows you to run water through it, so if you were to rinse it quickly, it shouldn't pose a problem, not sure if this is recommended for the older models

  • They do have various types of needles for different styles of wine.

  • I'm curious, how much you would charge for a glass?

  • Regardless of whether the viscosity of the Essencia would clog the wine, I don't think you guest wants to wait 30 minutes for the measured amount to pour through (even a Mark II) Coravin needle.  Forget the gas and just Repour it.

  • Price it so it moves, and adjust your btg program to absorb the higher cogs.