Top 10 London Cora-venues

11th January, 2017 by Darren Smith

There aren’t many recent on-trade trends that can match the impact of Greg Lambrecht’s Coravin, the argon-loaded handheld wine dispensing system launched in 2013.

The company’s achievements over the past three or so years make impressive reading – and indicate that there is plenty more to come from this little device.

The announcement of around £18.1 million of additional equity financing in 2016 was just one highlight of a monumental 2016 for Coravin as a company, which included the launch of two new devices – the Model Two Elite and Model One; new and strengthened retail and commercial partnerships in the US and Europe; expansion of availability to over 50 countries; and recognition by Fast Company as one of the world’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2016 in Food.

“Coravin’s entry into the wine industry was a catalyst for a fundamental change in how wine enthusiasts are able to taste and experience their favourite bottles,” Frederic Levy, Coravin’s CEO, said at the time.

There is little doubt that the device is integral to the by-the-glass revolution that continues to take place in London’s best restaurants.

Just as Enomatic machines opened up fine wine appreciation to a whole new audience in the early noughties, so Coravin has given the average gastronaut access to wines that would otherwise be completely out of range given the general fierceness of restaurant mark-ups (that’s not to say everyone is sipping 125ml of DRC when they dine out – these icons are still absurdly expensive, even in sample quantities, yet they are accessible to those who really wish to taste-test the myth).

The restaurants featured in the pages that follow have been chosen because they have been among the most enthusiastic adopters of the Coravin since its launch. In some cases, the device has allowed the venues to add not just a small selection of high-end wines by the glass, but extensive ranges. Even, in one case, an entire list.

Such radical steps would not be possible without this little device. Praise be to spinal therapy research (for such is Greg Lambrecht’s background, which led to him developing the surgical-grade, Teflon-coated needle so central to the Coravin’s technology) for what has been made possible.

In the pages that follow, db presents its top 10 London venues making best use of Coravin…

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