A number of media outlets had their fun earlier this year with these disturbing images, when it was reported that the wine preservation device, Coravin, caused bottles to fail tableside. Descriptions like the ones above are just a tad overblown and grossly misleading. The ingeniously designed and staggeringly popular gadget pierces a wine bottle’s cork with a thin needle and displaces the wine with neutral argon gas. This allows the user to pour wine from the bottle without introducing the wine to the harmful effects of oxygen. Wine lovers, restaurants and distributors can sample and sell wines they would not otherwise pull the cork on.