High-tech corkscrew takes wine from uncorked bottle

Greg Lambrecht’s wine cellar contains about 1,500 bottles.

“I don’t know how many of them are still full,” he said, chuckling. It is hard to tell because Lambrecht drinks from the bottles without removing the corks. That way, he can enjoy just one glass at a time from a costly bottle, and then wait as long as he wants before tasting it again.

It is a neat trick, and Lambrecht, an MIT-trained nuclear engineer and founder of Intrinsic Orthopedics Inc., a Woburn medical device company, has spent the past decade mastering it. Now he is going to share his innovation with other affluent wine buffs, at $300 a pop.

The Coravin Wine Access System, set to go on sale today at the company’s website, is built of stainless steel and aluminum. It looks like NASA’s idea of a corkscrew. But instead of a screw, there’s a Teflon-coated needle that easily pierces the cork. The device contains a small canister of compressed argon, an inert gas that makes up about 1 percent of the earth’s atmosphere. Unlike oxygen, argon does not react readily with other chemicals, so it will not affect the flavor of the wine.

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