How often have you had a bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge, but fail to open it because you only wanted a single glass.
Sparkling wines are incredibly popular, be it Prosecco, Cava, Champagne as well as the growing number of fantastic English Sparkling Wines, but how do you enjoy the occasional glass of these without wasting the rest of the bottle because of it going flat?
I remember being told years ago to put a silver spoon in the top of the champagne and it will stop it loosing its fizz – not true, its just an old wives tale and does nothing to stop those little bubbles of carbon dioxide from escaping into the atmosphere.
Carbon dioxide in sparkling wines is formed naturally during fermentation in some wines (Champagne for example), and added under pressure in others (Such as Prosecco), but from the moment that cork is popped it will start to escape from the bottle.
In order to keep it fizzy for longer you will need to reseal the bottle, which is exactly what the Avina Wine Stopper does. By simply placing in the neck of the bottle and pressing down on the level, it creates an airtight seal, stopping anymore of those valuable bubbles from escaping.
No doubt that once opened, you’ll also want to keep the bottle chilled for when you want another glass, so you’ll pop it straight into the door compartment of the fridge – however every time you open the door, you’ll be rattling that bottle and the next time you open it, even more gas will be escaping. So to keep it the best, you’ll want to lay the bottle down on a shelf.
Thankfully the Avina Stopper claims to create a seal so good, that you don’t get any leakage from the bottle.
From what I’ve read, this is a real winner, so when I was asked if I would road test one and give them feedback, I was eager to try it out.
When it arrived, I was happy with the style of the stopper. The next thing I noticed in the box was a note explaining that they come with a lifetime ‘You break it, we replace it’ guarantee.
Testing out the stopper gave me a great excuse to pop a bottle of champagne that I had sitting in the fridge, as well as being practical, it also looked amazing too (Meaning it matched my other kitchen appliances)
Opening the bottle the first time with a gentle pop, I poured a glass, replacing the cork with the Avina Stopper and placing back in the fridge. I have to admit to being a little sceptical and placed a piece of kitchen roll on the shelf, just in case it leaked – I needn’t have bothered as not a drop leaked.
After a day, I re-opened the bottle for a second glass (Purely for research purposes) – the stopper gives off a big pop – probably as big as the first one with the champagne pouring as it was a newly opened bottle.
Back the champagne goes in the fridge, with another whole day passing. On the third day the bottle opened with a little less of a pop, but still with a hiss and a fizz. Pouring into the glass, there were still plenty of bubbles. I think one more day and it may have started to diminish and not be as it should be, but for the time we tested it, it worked wonders – and lets face it – who can get more than 3 days of pours from a champagne bottle!
This little gizmo is one that I don’t think I could now do without – I will be using it for the odd glass of bubbles and even when we have guests round to keep those second glasses just as fizzy as the first – for me this is a real winner.
You can purchase your very own stopper, currently on offer adjust £10.99 at amazon here
The Avina Stopper was sent to me by the Peoples Choice Wine Awards purely to give feedback, this review is independent and all opinions in it are those of Manchester Food Tourist.