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March 24, 2009

PlatyPreserve — Oxygen-free wine preservation in the back country


We know that wine starts to go bad due to oxidation from the moment you open the bottle, hence the rise of vacuum-pump systems to keep the contents at their best.

Now comes PlatyPreserve to let you carry your favorite bottle wherever you decide to wander — without the extra two pounds of fragile glass.

You pour in the wine, squeeze the bag to eliminate the air, tighten the cap and Bob's your uncle.

Wired magazine, reviewing the device in the April 2009 issue, wrote, "Built for backpackers yet handy for discerning drunks everywhere."

I wonder if they get bookofjoe in Indiana....


$11.95 (wine not included).

March 24, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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Oh hey, you got to a product we almost stocked. I have the sister product - the Platypus water bladder (fantastic product). Don't drink wine so I never got the PlatyPreserve, but if it's anything like the Platypus, there's no taste transfer from the plastic at all. It's one of the main reasons I love my platypus - only thing I can leave water in and if i forget it in a hot car, it still tastes just like water (and not plastic or metal).

Posted by: TT | Mar 26, 2009 4:40:49 AM

Karl -- I drank some wine a few months ago that I had to send back because it tasted like it was fermented in a neoprene wetsuit. Others detected something a little weird, but once I said that, they all felt it and were disgusted. The owner of the restaurant ended up having the distributor take the case back as well.

That said, quite a few wine preservation systems have plastic in them and do not transfer the taste. This is BPA free, and is probably lined with something that will isolate the alcohol from the container. I ordered one after Joe sent me the link (and will have to post back as soon as I get it, try it out), but it looks to be a decent product.

As for oxidizing...it isn't a problem when you are decanting it, but if you want a uniform taste, you want to let it ripen on schedule. Me? I could care less...I drink the stuff and that's all I care about. My biggest concern is can I put this into my backpack's hydration system and substitute a drinking tube from one of the other Platy devices.

Posted by: clifyt | Mar 25, 2009 11:22:24 AM

I always like a bit of plastic taste in my wine. I was wondering when they would come up with this!

The only problem is, serious wine drinkers don't have a problem with their wine oxidizing in the bottle, so that part of the argument makes no sense.

Posted by: Karl Zipser | Mar 25, 2009 3:57:17 AM

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