Do Wine Savers Really Work? Unravelling the Truth
, by Jephonie Villegas
, by Jephonie Villegas
What do you do with an unfinished bottle of wine? Are you the type to just let it sit somewhere on your kitchen counter without any wine preservation tool? Or would you rather use a wine saver and keep it safe from oxidizing?
A wine saver is a vacuum pump that removes any air inside the wine when you open it. This tool comes with a reusable rubber stopper that re-seals the bottle after usage. Although it is relatively popular, the debate never ends. Do wine savers really work? Allow us to guide you through the facts about this tool and find out if it is true to its name.
Yes, a wine saver is an effective tool for preserving wine. The mechanism of the rubber stopper and pump works in sync to get rid of any possible air that slides into your wine bottle. Since it prevents your wine from oxidizing, you will still enjoy the same quality - taste and smell wise, even after several days.
If you are still not convinced, the only way to prove that a wine saver can maintain the freshness of an unfinished bottle of wine is through a test of time. Several wine enthusiasts have conducted their own experiments to find out whether a wine saver is just a pure marketing gimmick or holds to its promise.
Lettie Teague, a columnist at the Wall Street Journal had never tried any wine preservation tool before. However, her curiosity to find out whether any of them really works prompted her to conduct her test.
Teague tried out three devices for her experiment - Vacu Vin Wine Saver, Metrokane’s Rabbit Electric Wine Preserver, and Private Preserve Spray that contains a blend of nitrogen, argon, and carbon dioxide. Using six bottles of 2012 Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Villages, a bright and classic red wine, Teague tried out the devices on separate bottles. She then placed them on the refrigerator and waited for two days after tasting the wines again.
On the first half of her wine test, the bottle of the Vacu Vin wine saver had the most aromatic and fresh taste compared to the rest of the devices. According to her, the wine used with a gas spray tasted like cardboard. Whereas, the one under the Rabbit wine preserver tasted fine but lacked aroma.
The experiment continued for another two days. Again, the wine under the Vacu Vin wine saver tasted the freshest, with some hints of bright cherry aroma. Teague concluded her experiment by saying, “I’d definitely use the Vacu Vin again”. To read the full version of her interesting experiment, click here.
The blog site, Distilled Opinion, found themselves asking the same question about the authenticity of wine savers. Compared to the previous experiment, this one did not use any other wine preservation tool. Rather, the experiment which lasted for five days focused on the Vacu Vin wine saver’s ability to prevent the wine from oxidizing and prolong its original taste and aroma.
On the first day, the bottle of wine capped with the usual cork smelled less strong and more fruity. Whereas, the one with the Vacu Vin wine saver has a bright and strong taste. It also tastes brighter. On the fourth day, both bottles of wine have left minimal aroma. However, the Vacu Vin sealed wine tasted more like the first open with strong hints of fruits and acids.
After the wine saver test, the findings were in - this wine saver works to prevent the unfinished bottle of wine from oxidizing for a couple of days. Check out the full details of the experiment here.
No matter how short or long you finish a glass of wine, the bottle would usually stay open until you call it quits. Get to know the benefits you can enjoy when you equip your bottle with a wine saver.
When an unfinished bottle of wine is exposed to air for too long, it loses its original vibrant taste. That’s why wine savers help your drink to avoid that bitter, nutty, and grassy taste. Having said this, it can maintain the wine’s original fruity and zesty spirit.
Oxidation gives your wine zero to none aroma and converts a bright-colored wine to almost white. The sealed vacuum from a wine saver can help you keep the natural hue and smell of the wines.
Wine savers are designed to make your life comfortable, so you don’t need to worry about keeping the device clean. Just take out the valve and wash it with soap and water.
Although wine savers are affordable, it does not mean that it will only last for a couple of days or weeks. Rather, the stopper and pump are made with high-quality rubber and plastic for long-term usage.
When the rubber from the wine saver’s stopper is already worn out, it can lose its elasticity and break. However, this does not mean that you have to replace the entire tool. You can just purchase stoppers and insert them into the mouth of the pump.
After coursing through various experiments and benefits of wine savers, we can definitely say that this tool works and is not just a marketing gimmick designed to feed on the gullible. So, if you want to skip worrying about your unfinished wine, a wine saver may be a good option to have around. Keep us posted in the comments below on how this tool maintains the freshness of your gorgeous drink.
The concern with removing air is that under vacuum, the volatile organics (I.e the aroma) will be more likely to leave the vine because of the low vapor pressure in the bottle. If you lose the volatiles, you lose the bouquet.