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Making a bottle of wine last once it has been opened is one of the age old problems of wine drinkers everywhere. As such, we’re always on the lookout for better ways to preserve open bottles, and thus save money. I mean no one actually likes to have pour a partial bottle down the drain do they?? That’s why we’re happy to share this innovative new solution from Repour in today’s sponsored post.
Using a simple oxygen absorbing material in a smart stopper design, Chemist Tom Lutz is solving our age old wine problem of wine going bad.
Oxygen may be better known as the “frenemy” of wine: Through the winemaking process, the presence of oxygen is a critical factor in fermentation and turning grapes into wine. When the process proceeds to bottling, oxygen is removed from wine to prevent degradation and spoliation. When we open a bottle for the first time, air rushes in and exposes the wine to oxygen, which through complex chemistry “opens up” the wine, creating that magical moment when our senses first take in the wine’s unique aroma and taste. At this moment oxygen is the friend of wine.
When we return later to that bottle of saved wine we encounter oxygen’s dark side: The continued long-term exposure of wine to oxygen deteriorates the wine, producing that disappointing wine-gone-bad taste, the effects of oxidation at work.
That’s a Lot of Wine Down the Drain
With over 30 billion bottles of wine sold globally every year, we estimate that at least 5 billion partial-bottles of wine are poured down the drain each year. Such waste!
An unfinished bottle of wine will go bad within a matter of just a few days, so consumers have to make unfortunate trade-offs: We hesitate to open a bottle of wine if we think we might only have a glass or two, hesitate to open that second bottle, hesitate opening an entire bottle just for a cooking recipe, and hesitate to offer guests choice of wine.
Repour: A Game Changer for Leftover Wine
In recent years, various contraptions such as pumps, vacuums, or mechanical air filters have popped up promising to counteract the oxidation process. Unfortunately, they are often complex, only somewhat effective, and in some cases, dizzyingly expensive.
Introduce the Repour Smart Stopper, by Chemist and Inventor, Tom Lutz. Inside the stopper is an FDA approved food grade oxygen-absorbing material which continuously absorbs oxygen from the air in the bottle above the wine, and from the wine itself. Simply remove the seal on the bottom of the stopper, put the stopper in place of the original cork, and let the stopper go to work.
Scientific testing demonstrates that Repour gets the oxygen level down to below 0.05% in the bottle, and keeps it there, no matter how many times you open and close the bottle, and for as long as you enjoy that bottle, whether days, weeks, or months.
Easy, Effective, and Affordable
One Repour Smart Stopper for one bottle. It’s that simple. “We don’t want the consumer to have to think about the science behind the design; we want them to relax and know they can come back to enjoy their favorite wine, again, and again,” said Lutz.
Repour is being offered in single, 4-pack, and 10-pack units. “I wanted this to be affordable. If you buy the 10-pack, you are really saving your wine for only $1.20. That’s well worth it,” said Lutz. Repour has multiple patents pending.
Lutz is currently underway with a Kickstarter Campaign, which offers discounts for consumers who pre-buy (pledge). The campaign ends November 28, 2016, and first product is planned to ship in February, 2017.
This post was sponsored by Repour.