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  • Last Edited: June 07, 2023

    Preserving your open bottles of wine is a great way to extend the fresh taste and your enjoyment of good quality wine. By using an effective wine preserver, you can enjoy a better wine experience by:

    • Buying and enjoying better quality wine
    • Enjoying that better quality wine across many days, weeks, and/or fun evenings
    • Saving money - no more pouring good wine down the drain because it "spoiled"
    • Enjoying the freedom to open up any bottle you want - you're liberated from the false restriction of opening up only one bottle at a time

    Now What?

    OK, fine, you say. But how do I preserve my open bottle of wine? I see a bunch of vacuum type wine preservers on Amazon all claiming to "preserve your wine." Are these claims legit?


    We're afraid to break the bad news to you. Many (but certainly not all) so called accessories that claim to "preserve wine" are ineffective at best,and can even be harmful to the wine.

    One very popular method that claims to preserve wine flavor is the use of a vacuum. No, not this:

    This vacuum cleaner is designed to suck

    But this:

    Typical Vacuum Type Wine Preserver

    But isn't vacuum effective at preserving wine? Well, it's back to science and chemistry. The science is clear - vacuum extraction methods simply can not remove enough - let alone all - of the oxygen from inside the bottle. Despite the familiar and comforting "click" sound, most of the oxygen inside the bottle remains inside the bottle.

    Don't believe me? Read the article "Do vacuum pumps work for saving leftover wine?" from Wine Spectator. The science is clear. Vacuums are designed to suck, but they also don't work very well.

    What Does Work to Preserve Wine?

    To preserve the fresh taste of wine, you have to manage heat, sunlight, and oxygen. No matter the preserver, you have to put the wine bottle in a cool place away from sunlight. To deal with oxygen / oxidation, the most effective method is creating an effective barrier between the wine and the atmosphere in the bottle. Enter 100% argon - an inert noble gas (here's the chemistry).

    A thin layer of argon gas between the surface of the wine and the atmosphere / oxygen in the bottle is the most effective way to prevent oxidation. 100% Argon is the technique used by the best wine preservation methods, like Coravin, Napa Technologies, and Silvadore.

    Don't Suck

    If you want to preserve the fresh taste of your open bottle of wine for another day, don't suck. Create a 100% argon barrier to stop the oxidation, and place your bottle in a cool and dark place. Whether you decide to spend a bunch and buy a Coravin, or want an economical option to preserve your wine - like Silvadore - be sure to use a preservation method that uses 100% argon as the oxidation prevention method.

    Preserve your good wine by using good design and good science. 

    Want to test this for yourself? Order a can or two of Silvadore Wine Preserver and use the coupon code TRYME and get 10% off your initial order. Use science and chemistry to your advantage and enjoy A Better Wine Experience!

    Silvadore Wine Preserver - 2 Can Pack

    2 Responses

    Jim B
    Jim B

    June 07, 2023

    Scott – the callout re Private Preserve we had on the previous version of this article wasn’t material to the point we are making regarding vacuum preservation. No doubt, PP has been in the business a long time. We can respectfully disagree on product efficacy, and we remain confident in our own due diligence regimen and test results. No question 95% of imitators are gone, and many more will continue to come and go moving forward. We don’t anticipate being one of them. #whoohoo26 #wereonfire

    Scott Farmer
    Scott Farmer

    June 07, 2023

    Private Preserve…the original/creator of this concept has been preserving fine wines, and many more oxygen affected beverages , and foodstuffs worldwide in several languages since it was created in 1986. The use of all 3 inert gases in the atmosphere, in the proprietary, and proper percentages preserves noticably better than the argon “one trick pony”…but you would have to have done the due dilegence to understand that Argon is just 1/3 of the story, and can leave a slight metallic taste in some red wines. Private Preserve does not taint wine etc. in any way, and stating that is does is absolutely false…by 36 years of use by the world’s finest wine producers. Private Preserve has maintained partial bottles of wine for as long as 4 plus years. This “new” entry is about #26 worldwide in attempting to copy the original, and 95% of the imitations are gone now.

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