Bursting wine bottles may sound like some sort of elaborate (and late), April Fool’s joke, but it’s a reality for Coravin, the makers of a wine-pouring tool that allows wine to be poured without removing the cork. Coravin recently voluntarily stopped selling its innovative device after they received seven reports of exploding wine bottles due to the pressure. The accidental explosions are pretty rare, and inventor Greg Lambrecht said it only occurs in bottles that have cracks or imperfections.
To solve the problem, Coravin will be sending neoprene protective wine bottle sleeves to everyone who has already purchased the device. The sleeve, said Lambrecht, will protect the bottle and user when using Coravin.
“First, you should inspect your bottle for chips or cracks and if you see anything like that just pull the cork,” said Lambrecht. “Otherwise, the sleeve will completely protect you. This is a pretty rare imperfection, and safety is always our number one priority.”
In the future, all Coravin devices will come with the protective sleeve.
Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi