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We at Texas Wine Lover enjoy doing reviews on wine accessories because we’ll do anything to make our wine loving more enjoyable. Our latest review is on the Encork wine preserver.
When we received the package, I noticed how the Encork was very similar to the Repour I had reviewed previously. The difference I immediately noticed is it was much flatter in height than the Repour. The concept seemed to be the same though. Let’s see if it would perform as well.
Looking bad at previous testing of wine preservers, I decided to select four bottles of the same wine. This time I used the Becker Vineyards Texas Iconoclast Fascination red wine.
These are what I did to the four bottles on the first day:
- One bottle unopened and stored in the wine cooler
- Three bottles opened and one tasting size from each bottle poured
- Two bottles sealed with an Encork
- One bottle sealed using a vacuum pump stopper
- All three bottles stored in the refrigerator
Seven days later I removed one of the Encork bottles and the other with the vacuum pump stopper from the refrigerator and let them warm up for one hour. After tasting, the Encork one was still tasting fine, and the vacuum pump stopper had a stronger taste to it so it was definitely different.
I repeated the same procedure for every week, and then six weeks after first opening a bottle, I opened all the bottles including the control sample that was in the wine cooler.
I opened the control sample to be able to compare with the other bottles. The one bottle that was only opened one time and had an Encork used the entire time tasted most like the newly opened control sample.
The other two bottles had definitely lost some of the fruit forwardness. At that time, I could not really identify the difference between those two.
The wine preservation was obviously not as good as not trying to preserve the wine, but the results were definitely left drinkable. The interesting thing was the Encork did prove to be as successful as the Repour. If you want to use a disposable wine preserver like this, I recommend buying whichever one has the lower price.
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