Better bubbly: Hands on with the Perlage Champagne preservation system

Nothing says celebration quite like a glass of bubbly. Unfortunately, preserving a bottle of sparkling wine can be challenging, especially beyond a few days. That issue has always made enjoying sparkling wines by the glass something of a crapshoot. The best champagnes and other sparkling wines tend to be prohibitively expensive to open and let go flat for a daily glass of wine. While champagne stoppers reduce the amount of carbon dioxide escaping an opened bottle, the flavors and effervescence degrade within a short amount of time (usually no more than three days). Suffice to say that up until recently, the best advice for preserving an open bottle of sparkling wine was to just finish it.

Now however, the Perlage system has been created to keep sparkling wines at their best for weeks and even months. Does it work? It works exceptionally well and, if price is no object, the Perlage system is the best choice for preserving your sparkling wines. While restaurants have a commercial version of the Perlage available, the consumer version of the Perlage system works well for home use. Priced at $199, this isn’t a gadget to pick up on a whim. If you buy a few mid-priced bottles of sparkling wine a year, you are better off spending a few dollars for a champagne stopper and drinking the wine within a couple of days. However, if you are someone who enjoys sparkling wines on a frequent basis, investing in the Perlage consumer system will ensure that your wine stays as fresh and flavorful as the day it was opened.

Peerlage Champage system being usedThe Perlage consumer system itself consists of a hand-held pressurizer and a sleek plastic shell designed to hold a bottle of sparkling wine. Note that the Perlage consumer system only works with standard-sized sparkling wine bottles. Magnums, splits or other formats aren’t able to be preserved at this time. A CO2 cartridge is placed inside of the pressurizer, and then the bottle of sparkling wine is placed inside the shell. A regulator sits on top of the shell, which allows oxygen to be purged from the wine and the bottle to be repressurized with CO2. Repressurizing the bottle takes no more than 15 seconds, and then the wine is preserved almost indefinitely. Serving is easy, as the cap can be removed slowly from the shell and the wine can be poured directly out of the Perlage system without having to remove the bottle, or the bottle can be removed for table service.

Champagne bottle pressurized in Perlage Champagne SystemOne drawback is that once reopened, the Perlage consumer system needs to be repressurized again to maintain the wine. The Perlage system uses 16-gram CO2 cartridges which run north of $1 apiece, even in bulk. So pouring a glass and repressurizing a bottle nightly can quickly add additional expense to using the Perlage consumer system. Of course, if you enjoy the occasional glass of Dom Perignon or Louis Roederer Cristal champagne and want to enjoy them at their best, the Perlage is an worthwhile investment in preserving your sparkling wines.

Emerging Tech

In a weighty decision, scientists prepare to redefine the kilogram

Metrologists are meeting at the General Conference on Weights and Measures in Versailles to vote on whether to redefine the kilogram as a constant that can be observed in the natural world.
Smart Home

These holiday gadgets will make cooking your meal a breeze

Are you dreading the lengthy process of cooking a holiday dinner? Try these holiday gadgets to make the job of cooking much easier. These items will make for an easy, breezy meal.
Emerging Tech

Of all the vape pens in the world, these 5 are the best

Vaping concentrates has become significantly more popular, especially among those that use cannabis for medicinal purposes. But don’t use just any vape pen: we found these five devices to be our favorites in 2018.
Smart Home

Brew it fast, hot, and flavorful with our favorite coffee makers

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.
Home Theater

5 gorgeous turntables that spin stacks of wax in style for less than $500

Vinyl records are awesome, but they're also finicky. To get the best out of your stacks of wax, it's best to play them on a quality turntable. Here are the best turntables to be had for under $500.

See the National Forests like never before in these awe-inspiring drone videos

What's the difference between a National Park and a National Forest? Drones. With no ban on drones in National Forests -- at least, not yet -- filmmakers have a way to capture the immensity of these locations with stunning results.
Emerging Tech

Google’s balloon internet is coming to Kenya in 2019

In order to bring the internet to those who lack it, a company called Loon is launching balloons into the stratosphere. From more than 12 miles up, these balloons beam connectivity over a large area on the ground.
Emerging Tech

Hikers missing on Mount Fuji could soon find a drone buzzing above their heads

Hikers who go missing while climbing Japan's highest mountain could soon find a drone buzzing above their head. A new system using the flying machines has been set up on Mount Fuji for future search-and-rescue missions.
Emerging Tech

Elon Musk receives FCC approval to launch over 7,500 satellites into space

Not surprisingly, SpaceX is thinking big with Starlink, its space-based global broadband network. This week, the company received FCC approval to launch 7,518 satellites into a low-Earth orbit for its satellite internet service.

The world’s first 3D-printed titanium wheels are so intricate they look fake

HRE Performance Wheels and GE Additive have teamed up to create the world's first 3D-printed titanium wheels. They are not only impressively durable, but extremely lightweight as well.
Emerging Tech

DJI Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic 2 Zoom: What’s the real difference?

DJI's Mavic 2 series drones are ready to fly -- but which one is right for you? The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are nearly identical save for their cameras. Here's what you need to know about these powerful new UAVs.
Emerging Tech

This startup will sequence your entire genome for free — but there’s a catch

Want to get your DNA sequenced but don’t want to shell out the hundred bucks or so to do so? A new startup called Nebula Genomics offers you the opportunity to have it done for free.
Emerging Tech

Here’s all the best tech gear and gadgetry that survived Shark Tank

The television show "Shark Tank" has churned out quite a few strange, interesting, and downright awesome products -- so we rounded up some of the best ones for your perusal. Enjoy!
Emerging Tech

Students who designed transforming smart home will compete in Solar Decathalon

Modular smart homes are all the rage, and now some students from Virginia Tech are putting their money on their FutureHAUS, a modular, solar-powered, transforming smart home they're taking to the Solar Decathlon in Dubai.