However much you love drinking wine, chances are there are some occasions when you can’t make it to the end of the bottle.
For many singles not happy to drink a whole bottle of mine, this is a constant concern, and even couples sometimes don’t want the entire bottle in one sitting.
The problem is, throwing the wine away is obviously unappealing.
An equally poor solution, though, is to leave the wine in the refrigerator uncovered, or trying to push the existing cork back into the bottle. In both cases, you’ll be leaving your wine exposed to oxygen. The process of oxidation that ensues will degrade the taste of your wine rapidly. This makes it as useless as throwing your wine away, since that’s what you’ll effectively be doing.
There is a solution to this problem in the form of wine preservation systems.
Now, before you start thinking these systems are complex, they’re not. What do they actually involve, then?
Well, you can choose from many different options depending on your needs. We’ll be walking you through 10 of the very best wine preservation systems right below so you can see which makes the smoothest fit.
At the simple end of the spectrum, you have traditional wine stoppers. These, along with champagne sealers, will keep the wine inside unfinished bottles fresh for up to a couple of weeks.
Equally simple, a carafe allows you to decant your wine, whether the bottle is full of half-finished, and then to seal it inside an airtight environment until you next fancy a glass.
The complex wine preservation systems utilize an inert gas – argon gas is favored by the wine industry, and is thus used in most commercial preservation systems – and this keeps your wine fresh for more or less as long as you need it stored.
We also have a surprise up our sleeve which we’ll be revealing below with a truly innovative solution to the knotty issue of storing unfinished bottles of wine.
Without further ado, we’ll jump into our capsule reviews of a broad cross-section of the best wine preservation systems out there. It should be easy to find the best one for your needs, so read on.
The 10 Best Wine Preservation Systems
1. Our #1 Pick: Coravin Model Two Wine Preservation System
- 5 x 4.25 x 8.25 inches
- Plastic and metal
- Argon gas system
One of the major issues with most wine preservation systems is that they just don’t keep your wine fresh for long enough. You’ll have no such problem with Coravin’s Model Two system. If you intend to keep wine for lengthy periods, this is one of your strongest options.
If you have a growing wine collection, you might fancy a glass of a favorite bottle you’ve been saving but not the whole bottle. Just drop this device onto your chosen bottle, the needle will pierce the cork. The argon gas capsules make use of the inert gas used by winemakers to ensure a vintage is perfectly preserved.
The added beauty of this nifty little gem is that you can then pour your wine without removing the cork.
If you only drink wine from time to do rather than collecting it, you can leave this system in the bottle and then keep on drinking from it until nothing remains, even if that takes you weeks or months.
Highly versatile and priced reasonably considering the scope of the performance, we strongly recommend this preservation system, either for yourself or for any wine lover in your life.
2. Runner-Up: Vacu Vin Wine Saver Pump
- 8 x 5 x 1.4 inches
- Classic stopper
Are you always looking for gift ideas for wine aficionados in the family? If so, Vacu Vin delivers a fantastic solution to that dilemma with this classic wine bottle stopper set.
Half-finished bottles of wine are wasteful. Sure, you could use them to make some vinegar with, but that takes months. Instead, these traditional stoppers slip into your leftover wine bottles so you can drink the remainder at any stage over the following 2 weeks.
This system couldn’t be easier to use. All you do is place it over the top of your wine bottle and the pump will remove the air from the bottle, while also arresting the oxidation process that can spoil your preserved wine.
The vacuum created by this innovative system is airtight, so you won’t find your wine tastes any different the following day, something we can’t say will happen if you leave it opened, or if you try to cram the original cork back inside.
The only real complaint we could find among a sea of positive user testimony concerns the width of the stoppers. Some customers feel they could be slightly wider for an even snugger fit.
3. Best Budget: OXO Steel Vacuum Wine Saver
- 6 x 3.5 x 1.75 inches
- Stainless steel
Next up we have something for all you bargain hunters out there with this inexpensive vacuum wine saver from the inimitable OXO. This brand has a hard-won reputation for producing pioneering kitchenware and appliances at very keen prices, all while retaining a sharp focus on quality.
This stainless steel stopper will keep your wine much fresher if you leave some to drink the following day than using the original cork.
Once inserted, these stoppers form a robust seal. This keeps your wine in an optimum storage environment while preventing any more oxygen entering the bottle and tainting the taste.
The neck of this device is ergonomically designed to minimize any chance of pinching your hands while you’re pumping. There’s a push tab on the stopper to help streamline removal, too.
With 2 stoppers thrown in, you’re getting unbeatable value and the chance to stop wasting your precious wine if you can’t finish the whole bottle in one sitting.
While build quality is strong overall, we’d like to see an improvement made to the brittle plastic O-rings. These are a weak point on an otherwise powerful package from an industry star.
For a great all-rounder that falls within anyone’s budget, give OXO a chance and let us know how you get on.
4. EZBASICS Wine Saver Vacuum Pump
- 4 x 5.4 x 2.5 inches
- Stainless steel
Are you searching for a cost-effective wine preservation system that doesn’t stiff you in terms of performance? If so, the EZBASICS Wine Saver deserves a place on your shortlist.
You should be realistic about your expectations with this preservation system. You’ll keep your half-finished wine fresh for about a week. If this doesn’t seem like long enough, there are plenty of alternatives offering lengthier lifespans. For most reasonable purposes, though, this should be enough to eliminate wine wastage from your household.
Made from durable stainless steel, you should expect years of service from this pocket-friendly preservation system.
The top of this pump comes with date markers so you can keep track on when the bottle was last opened.
The universal bottle compatibility and suitability for both red and white wines makes this one of the most versatile solutions at your fingertips.
While this makes a great investment for yourself, this system is also a great gift idea for any wine lovers in your life. It comes quite attractively packaged so makes the perfect birthday present.
5. Sunwuun Vacuum Champagne Stoppers
- 4 x 3.1 x 2 inches
Do you regularly find yourself burdened with half-finished wine bottles, unable to decide whether to throw it away or attempt to put the cork back inside? Sidestep that problem completely with these champagne stoppers, also ideal for wine.
If you’re looking to save wine for a few days having opened the bottle, you need to stop oxidation from spoiling the wine. This vacuum stopper sucks the air out of your wine bottles efficiently to make sure you enjoy your second visit to the bottle and much as the first.
The rubber seal fits pretty much any wine bottle. All materials are food-grade, too, so you can enjoy your favorite vino without worrying about your health.
If you run into any trouble and find this stopper doesn’t fit the bottles you want to use it with, you can send it back for a no-quibbles refund. With this sort of satisfaction guarantee in place, there’s no reason not to try your luck with this silicone stopper. Kiss goodbye to wasting your best bubbly!
Using this thing couldn’t be easier. Pop it on top of your wine bottle, pump a few times, and it will suck itself tightly sealed.
While the vast majority of users seem satisfied with these champagne stoppers, a few complained about the strength of the seal.
Overall, this makes a versatile all-rounder for anyone who drinks both wine and champagne and needs a method of storing opened bottles in the short-term.
6. Savino Wine Preserver
- 25 x 4.25 x 10.5 inches
Savino’s wine preserver offers an alternative method of storing your wine short-term to most of the other systems we review today.
What you’re getting here is a straightforward decanter. The glass unit is capable of accommodating a whole full-sized bottle of 750ml wine. So, whether you’re looking to save a whole bottle or a half-finished one, or you just need something in which to let your wine breathe, you’re in safe hands.
By creating a physical barrier between the air and your decanted red or white wine, you’ll enjoy stored wine that’ll stay fresh for glass after glass.
Despite the glass construction, the carafe feels solid and you should get plenty of faithful service from it as long as you exercise due care and attention.
This traditional carafe makes a great bet if you don’t like the idea of pumping the air out of your wine bottles, or buying gas refills on an ongoing basis. You’ll get roughly the same end result with a fraction of the fuss. Using this carafe is as simple as upending your bottle of vino and popping on the lid when you’re done decanting.
7. Wine Enthusiast Electric Wine Opener
- 4 x 7 x 14.25 inches
- Stainless steel
- Electric opener
The highly reputable Wine Enthusiast brings you a dual-purpose wine opener and method of preservation. While it’s not exactly throwaway cheap, it’s not the most expensive wine preservation system either. And, if you find yourself frequently throwing away unfinished wine, you’ll soon recoup your modest investment. What do you get for your money, then?
The gift set is so attractive you might end up keeping it yourself instead of giving it away as a present. You’ll get the foil cutter you need to slice through that tiresome but necessary foil on the top of your wine and champagne bottles. You also get pair of stoppers, an aerating pourer, and a stand to keep it all on.
Those stoppers allow you to recork half-finished bottles of wine so you can enjoy a glass when you next fancy without oxidation spoiling the taste completely.
Another neat surprise with this electric wine opener is the corkscrew baked into the underside. When you start collecting wine, you’ll soon become overrun with accessories and equipment, so the more multipurpose solutions like this you can find, the more space you’ll keep in your kitchen.
For a great solution to opening your wine bottles and then keeping them sealed again until you want to return to the bottle, we’d strongly recommend this electric model from Wine Enthusiast.
8. Private Preserve Wine Preservation System
- 5 x 6 x 6 inches
Private Preserve’s highly recommended wine preservation system deserves a place on any curated list. What makes it stand out, though, and why do wine critics the world over rave about this simple but effective device?
It’s not that this system does anything unique. There are many similar gas-based systems that ensure your wine stays fresh on an ongoing basis until you decide to revisit the bottle. The selling point here is that Private Preserve’s system does this very efficiently so you get a carefree solution to keeping your half-drunk wine bottles fresher for longer.
Where some systems will only keep your wine fresh for a few days, a week or two at most, this model is ideal if you want to seal and reseal the bottle and keep taking a single glass at a time.
The flexibility of this system means you can also use it for cognac or whiskey, beverages you may also fancy a glass of rather than a whole bottle. Enjoy your entire beverage collection at its finest and in the way you really want to.
The best thing? This comes in at a remarkably cheap price point, so what are you waiting for?
9. ArT Wine Preserver
- 4 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches
As we come to the end of our quest for the best wine preservation system, we have another classic gas-based system that works just as well with red or white wine, so makes a neat fit for most consumers.
The argon spray you use to keep your unfinished wine fresher for longer is easy to use. You should get over a hundred sprays from the can, too. While you will need to think about the ongoing expense of refills, the expense will be negligible.
The argon gas employed is food-grade, so you’ll have no niggling concerns about your health when you’re trying to cut down on wasted wine.
Easier to use than many competing systems, you can keep your wine fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week with this nifty device.
10. Repour Wine Saver
- 6 x 2.4 x 1.4 inches
Last but not least in our search for the best wine preservation system comes this compact, back-to-basics device from Repour.
Designed from the ground up by a wine-loving scientist, Tom Lutz, PhD, this device brings all his expertise to bear so you can effectively preserve any unfinished wine the easy way.
Not only does the Repour keep your wine stored in the optimum environment, it’s so effective that could even need to open up your wine a little once you uncork it for a second time. None of the opposition can match that promise!
One proviso is that you should not store your wine bottles on their sides as you normally would when you’re using the Repour wine saver. In many ways, though, this is a convenience rather than an inconvenience. You’ll enjoy the ability to stash your leftover wine in the door shelves of your refrigerator, something you wouldn’t normally do with wine you’re storing for the long-term.
One of the key selling points of this system is that you get all that tech baked in, but you won’t need any batteries or electricity, and there’s no steep learning curve involved either.
Stop wasting money by pouring away half-finished bottles of wine, and start enjoying all that Repour has to offer.
Now, when you’re first confronted with the thought of finding the best wine preservation system, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed. You have so many different approaches to the same problem that it’s sometimes hard to know where to start.
Due to the simplicity of the solution – all you need to do is keep the air away from your opened bottle of wine – we’ve skipped the buying guide today.
Instead, we’ll just summarize what you should look for when you’re comparing wine preservation systems. Think about whether you want your wine stored for a week or two, or for much longer stretches. If you want lengthier storage, look for a model that uses inert gas. All that counts is finding what works best for you.
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