How Davio's Preservation System Helped the Wine Business

June 23, 2014 | by brian freedman | Food & Drink News

Diners are enjoying more wines by the glass than ever before, thanks to a new preservation system at Davio’s.

Davio‚Äôs Coravin needleDavio’s Coravin needle prevents oxidation to preserve precious wine.

Imagine being able to order the coveted 1995 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon... just to sample. A veritable cuvée of options that were only available when you were ready to make a hefty bottle-size commitment are now available by the glass, thanks to Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, its incorporation of the Coravin wine preservation system, and, now, the best by-the-bottle pours in town.

The unique Coravin uses a needle and inert argon gas to extract the priceless wine without opening the bottle: Once the needle is removed, the cork naturally closes up the minuscule hole. Because oxygen never touches the wine, it can be stored and will continue to age as if untouched. So if you have your eye on a magnum of Amarone from Bussola, you can take it for a spin rather than making the full commitment it typically requires.

“At Davio’s, we have that need for higher-end wine by the glass,” says Ettore Ceraso, director of operations and general manager in Philadelphia. “It’s a great way for us to offer something that we might not have been able to do [otherwise] because of the cost. Now we have no waste, and at the same time, the guest is reaping the rewards.” 111 S. 17th St., 215-563-4810

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL PERSICO

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