If you're an On Premise wine business - a restaurant, wine bar, country club, or other establishment - you have a choice between three different types of wine preservers that use 100% argon. (If you want to learn more about argon wine preservation, see our article Why 100% Argon is the Best Wine Preserver for Your Business.)
Argon is the preferred method to preserve wine because it is a noble gas, and an odorless, colorless, and tasteless way to create a protective layer between the air and the surface of the wine. This protective argon layer prevents the wine from oxidizing and the flavor from degrading over time.
The 3 types of wine preservers that use 100% argon and are suitable for On Premise use include:
Large Wine Preservation Systems.Self contained cabinets and/or piped enclosures that completely isolate the gas inside the bottles of wine from the outside world. These wine preservation systems can be very effective, but they are also typically very expensive to purchase and/or install. Smaller units are usually around $5,000 or more. Typical brand names include Napa Technologies and Enomatic. They can be a very attractive focal point for a wine bar, showcasing top end wines. But, these larger systems take up valuable behind the bar real estate, are limited to a fixed number of bottles of wine, have careful maintenance schedules, and require a high capital expenditurefor initial purchase. Bottom Line: beautiful design, effective preservation, nice for patrons to look at and spark BTG upsells. But expensive to buy, limited number of bottles, and high maintenance and supplies cost.
Wine Preservation Devices.A device that typically sits on top of the bottle, or is inserted into the bottle. If they use 100% Argon and not a less expensive mix of gases (be sure you check), these can be very effective preservation tools. Although not nearly as expensive as a cabinet system, these devices still cost $300+ and require consumable cartridges of around $10 per cartridge. Plus, you have to maintain control over pieces and parts, including needles and the cartridges. In addition, these devices typically are cumbersome to use in a fast paced operating environment. It works fine with an infrequently poured very high end bottle. But for more frequent and broader assortment of bottles, they're slow and cumbersome to use. In terms of cost per save, the cost to save a bottle ends up around $1 per use. Much lower than the larger systems, but still not insignificant compared to the margin benefit for many wines. Typical brands in this category include the popular Coravin, as well as others like Plum and Pek. Bottom Line: nice looking and fancy gadget, very effective at preserving the wine, still too expensive per save for most wines, and slow and cumbersome to use in fast paced service environments.
Canister Wine Preservers.These wine preservers deliver 100% argon directly into the open bottle of wine. The (typically) aluminum cans are recyclable and very low cost. Canister based wine preserver sprays don't require any expensive or installed equipment, don't rely on an awkward bottle top device, and make preserving a bottle of wine super easy, economical, and conducive to fast preservation steps at the end of shift. Typical brands include ArT, VineyardFresh, and our own Silvadore Wine Preserver. With Silvadore, at wholesale pricing, your cost to save a bottle of wine is under $0.10. Bottom Line: simple, fast, easy to use, effective method, no capital expense required. A no brainer.
Important Note: In all the three methods above, the basis for valid and reliable wine preservation is the use of 100% Argon.
We tell all our customers: use 100% Argon to preserve your wine. Whether you chose to use a system like Napa Tech, or a beautiful device like Coravin, or a simple and cost effective canister like Silvadore - just be sure you're using 100% Argon to keep your wine fresh and make your wine experience better.
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Try using a 100% Argon wine preserver like Silvadore to make your guests' wine experience better and your wine revenue increase! Expand your wine-by-the-glass offering without risking wine waste, and see how you can increase your average price per glass served AND increase the number of glasses served. All without committing to a large capital investment, and with a method that delivers 100% argon easily, quickly, and efficiently. Your wait staff and bartenders will appreciate the ease of use and increased tip income from selling more and better quality wine!
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