Keeping it crisp |

Keeping it crisp

Alex Miller
Special to the Daily Pek's Supremo injects argon gas into wine to preserve opened, unfinished bottles. This version is in a self-contained unit and also features a cooling element.

For some, a bottle of wine is never around long enough for it to lose its kick. But for singles, sippers and others who might only want one or two glasses out of a bottle, it pays to invest in a wine preservation system of some sort.While re-corking the bottle and popping it in the fridge is usually enough if you plan to drink the remainder within a day or two, using a gas preservation system is a better way to go – especially if you don’t get to that bottle for a few more days.

Like anything, you can spend a lot or a little. Products available from a company called Pek range in price from the $40 “Preservino” up to the $300 “Vino Vault.” The former is a box containing a couple of custom stoppers, some argon canisters and a tool for injecting the gas into the bottle. It’s pretty easy to use: insert a stopper, give it a turn, then give a blast of argon through the top. According to Pek, argon is 80 percent more effective than nitrogen, which other preservation systems use. The bottom line is the need to stop oxidation of the wine.The next step up is the $100 “Preservo Wine Steward,” which does essentially the same thing as the Preservino in a self-contained unit. Another version of the Wine Steward, the “Supremo,” adds a cooling element for another $100.

On the high end is the Vino Vault, an argon-injection system that’s integrated into a mini fridge that can hold 15 bottles, opened or unopened.Designed by engineer Gregory Luzaich, the Pek wine-saving gizmos can be ordered online at

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