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Consumer Alert For Wine Lovers

Wine Lovers: Breaking Bottle Danger

Some wine lovers might want to rethink how they're opening their favorite bottle of red or white wine. A recall has been issued for a device called the Coravin 1000 Wine Access System. This opener works by using a hollow needle to penetrate the cork so it doesn't have to be removed from the bottle.

However, during pressurization the system can cause wine bottles to break.

Coravin has received 13 reports of bottles breaking, including one in which a bottle burst into four pieces and resulted in an injury involving two chipped teeth and a laceration that required stitches, four in which the bottles cracked and leaked, and eight in which bottles broke into two pieces.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled wine access system and contact Coravin for a free repair kit that includes a neoprene wine bottle sleeve to contain broken glass when a bottle breaks and updated instructions and warnings. The wine access system should not be used on wine bottles with damages or flaws.

The recall affects about 65,000 devices in the United States and about 640 in Canada.

If you'd like to know more, or if you're looking for that repair kit, call  Coravin toll-free at (844) 267-2846 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email update@coravin.com, or online at www.coravin.com, and click on "Important Safety Announcement - Recall to Repair" for more information.

Link to United States Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Coravin-Recalls-to-Repair-Wine-Access-System/