The holidays came early this year with my purchase of an exciting new gadget called a Coravin, a new wine preservation system. This is a small device you can use to tap into a wine without removing its cork, that is, it’s as though the bottle has never been opened. This clever tool was innovated by Greg Lambrecht, a man who just wanted to have a glass now and again without needing to consume the whole bottle. It is also a useful tool to test whether that special wine is now ready to drink (maybe it needs a few more years?). You can now sneak a taste and eliminate the guesswork.