Save the wine – try a Savino! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’ve been on a quest for the perfect wine preservation system. I’ve tried the Vacuvin, a gas preservation system, a Wine Skin, and now the Savino. What is the Savino you might ask? The Savino is not only a pretty presentation vessel, and a decanter, but according to the inventor, it is the newest way to store you wine, preserving the freshness, for the next day.
Accordingly to the manufacturer:
Unlike other wine preservation solutions on the market, Savino does not try to control the environment of an opened bottle of wine. Instead, it creates a new, beautiful environment designed to preserve and serve wine. Savino started with a simple premise – great products begin with a great experience. Savino centers its experience on a product that is effective, elegant and easy-to-use.
So how does it work? As you can see from the infograpic below, the core product is a simple, and elegant glass decanter. The difference with the savino is that instead of pumping air out, or displacing air with inert gas, the Savino actually has a floating gasket that sits on top of the wine, regardless of the level in the decanter. With that gasket effectively sealing off the oxygen exposure, the surface area exposed to oxygen is limited, which allows your wine to be protected from the elements.
To explain how the Savino works, let’s go back to junior high chemistry. When you expose anything to oxygen for too long, it starts to breakdown the chemistry in reaction to that air. Wine, in particular is susceptible to this at a more rapid rate than other objects. If you image an apple, for example, you know that if you leave a cut apple exposed to air, it will turn brown. Wine does a similar thing; it might not turn brown, but the flavors change, and fade. While it might be great for an old Cab after 8 hours, generally speaking wine exposed for more than a day changes the flavor profile in to something not so nice.
The Savino claims to allow in the perfect amount of oxygen, in order to aerate the wine, but not overexpose it. When you pour your wine in to the decanter, pop in the floating thingy. This exposes only a small amount of wine to the elements, allowing it to open up slowly. When you’re done with the wine for the day (ha!), put on the airtight stopper on top, preventing additional oxygen from getting in.
So what did I think after testing this out? First of all, it makes a great decanter but it’s a bit awkward to pour. With no pourspout, you must rely on the flared lip to pour cleanly. Unfortunately this doesn’t happen in practice and it’s a bit messy. But what about the wine preservation? In theory this would work well, but my question was what about all of the air between the float and the top seal?
I found it worked, ok. It wasn’t any better than gas displacement systems such as Private Preserve, or a Vacuvin. While critics of the Vacuvin say that it sucks the flavor out of the bottle, I haven’t found that to be true yet. The manufacturer of the Savino claims that it will allow you to preserve your wine for up to 7 days after opening. I will disagree with this, but will say that it does preserve it better than a simple recorking of a bottle, and kept for 3-4 days.
The key issue that I found is that once you drink hafl the bottle, there is still too much air in the decanter. While the floating gasket does block most of the oxygen from getting to the wine, there is too much space and more oxygen than I think is optimal gets in. After tasting a wine I had been storing for 5 days, there was a noticeable difference – and not in a good way.
Final verdict? B-. For $50, I can buy plenty of other tools to preserve the rare leftover bottle of wine. While I think the product works, I don’t think it will make your wine last a week and I would like it to be less costly and more accessible. There is a plastic version that is more economical at $30, but honestly I’m not a fan of storing wine in plastic.
Curious what preservation tools I like? Check out my other posts here.
The Savino was provided as a press sample, but all opinions are my own…obviously! Enjoy some wine tonight and check it out!