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Wine Hounds: does this exist? A wine thief that works with bottled wines...

cgfan | Nov 25, 2009 08:22 PM

Does such a device exist?

Wine thiefs are commonly used to take barrel samples of aging wines via a wine barrel's bung in order to assess it's development over time. What I'm picturing is a device for a similar purpose but for already bottled wines that might be in one's own wine collection. As the Holidays approach it makes me want to sample some of the "bigger wines" that I've laid down, wondering if this is the year to finally open them (or if I've waited too long!).

I'm picturing a wine thief that can extract a small tasting sample from an aging bottle of wine in a way that does not harm the remaining wine by exposing it to fresh air. What I'm imagining is something akin to a syringe that's thin enough to allow the cork to reseal behind it.

If we can inject air into a bottle to remove its cork, than we must already be halfway there. Any leads on such a device?

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