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Metrokane Houdini Wine Preserver

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  • Pump vacuums oxygen out of opened wine bottles
  • Preserves flavor and aroma by preventing oxidation
  • Ergonomically designed pump works quickly and easily
  • Includes 2 pushbutton stoppers to hold vacuum for days
  • Measures 7 inches long and weighs 0.2 pounds
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  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009WE4M
  • Item model number: 5577
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,172 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

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You've spent an entertaining evening over several bottles of wine, but now you have a bunch of half-empty bottles sitting in the kitchen. What to do? Enjoy them to the end with the Metrokane Save-the-Wine vacuum pump, which removes the air from opened wine bottles to preserve the wine taste and bouquet. Without the vacuum seal, the oxygen-exposed wine will stale quickly, dramatically affecting the flavor. This ergonomically designed pump is simple to use, and it will let you drink the wine up to two weeks later with few ill effects. The pump comes with two pushbutton stoppers, each of which seals the vacuum tightly. The stoppers also release the vacuum at the touch of a button. --Rivers Janssen

Product Description

The Metrokane Houdini wine preserver allows bottles to be stored horizontally. The preserver includes two pushbutton stoppers which holds the vacuum seal for days.


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Customer Reviews

This product is to keep wine fresh.
Patricia L. Guevara
When i use the pump, it does create the vacuum effect, but the valve releases slowly and after hours the vacuum is gone.
FredaStarling
I had one of these for a few years (grey not black) which worked great, but recently the stoppers started to wear out.
Jnich

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By S. Hess on November 6, 2006
I bought this item as a resplacement for another that had lasted several years before succumbing to the demise to which all devices with cheesy plastic parts eventully succumb. Fortunately, the Swissair I replaced was for use both with wine (suck out the air) and bubbly (pump air into the chamber), and the busted bit was stuck in the wine position, which was fine for 99% of its service.

Like a dummy, I got the Metrokane and chucked the Swissair in one irreversable transaction.

The Metrokane is servicable. It does what it purports to do: It sucks the air out of the bottle. If that were the whole story, I would undoubtedly give this product a 5. Alas, the value of the vacuum is only as good as the staying power of the vaccum, and that requires that the stopper provide a robust seal. To put it simply: The seal seems to be the weak link in this system.

If I pump the bottle, and immediately let out the seal, I get a satisfying hiss, indicating a positive seal. If I pump the bottle and wait a day, the hiss is a little less satisfying, indicating a slow leak. One might expect the day-later hiss to be diminished for other reasons (whatever it is that goes on inside the open bottle), but in comparison to the swissair, the next-day hiss is too differnt from the immediate release.

I have found if I wet the stopper, that helps, and the resulting seal can last a few days with very slow loss.

So, I gave the product a 4 -- it works, but not as well as what it replaced, and I think that issue is with the stopper, not the pump.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By MagicSkip VINE VOICE on June 2, 2004
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I've had enough half-bottles of wine starting to turn vinegar only one day after I opened them. I've tried enough different kinds of stoppers trying to prevent it.
FINALLY -- THIS ONE WORKS!!!
I bought this because it came inexpensively with my Rabbit corkscrew (which is also wonderful) and figured it was worth trying. WOW was it ever! Just put the stopper on the bottle, put the little hand pump on the stopper and give it a couple of pumps, and the wine is good to keep!
On the top of each stopper is a small "vacuum relief valve" -- just touch that to the side to let air back in the bottle to equalize the pressure, and the stopper comes out easily.
It has worked well for a couple days at a time. I haven't tried it for longer.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Ellis on May 15, 2007
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This product worked fairly well. About 80% of the time the bottles held their vacuum. The other 20%, well... the tops made a good cork. Unfortunately, after only about 20 uses, the pump broke while I was using it. The pressure from the vacuum pulled the plunger away from the handle. Since this piece in internal, there's no way to fix it, so it's basically trash now.

So... 4 points for how well it worked, but minus two for breaking.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. J. Zercher on August 21, 2005
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While in California wine country, we learned about the benefits of pumping the air out of a wine bottle so the wine doesn't oxidize while in storage, thus, it "keeps" longer.

The Metrokane Vacuum pumps works as advertised, and our wine is lasting much better. We only use it for red wine; the white is usually in the 'fridge.

It is a good product at a very reasonable price. The pump comes with two corks, so you can have two bottles of red wine opened at the same time.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2004
I have had the "other" vacuum wine saver and it did the job so-so. Purchased this one as a stocking stuffer for a freind, and they raved about it so much that I got one for myself. It's great - especially the air release valve. Whow, no more wasted wine!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Singer on November 28, 2008
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I got at least 20 good uses out of this wine saver until the pump broke as I was pumping the air out of a bottle. Disappointing, but it was good enough while it lasted that I will probably buy another (I still have the 2 corks that go with it, anyway). But heed this warning: stop pumping when you start to feel resistance. The pump clearly isn't built to take a lot of force.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ChefJeff on July 26, 2007
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I bought this to keep partial bottles of wine fresh for a couple of days (no bottle lasts me longer than that anyway). The pump seemed to pull a good vacuum and the stoppers held it for that period, emitting a satisfying hiss when I vented the bottle. Then it broke in the same unrepairable way other reviewers have experienced. Now it's junk.

I'm going to try the Vacu Vin.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Garvey on August 9, 2006
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If, like me, you have a crazy job and just need a glass of wine (or two) at the end of the day, this is perfect. I drank a bottle of red wine over 5 days and it tasted the same on the last day as it did when I first opened it. I haven't tried using it for longer than 5 days, but if you keep a bottle for longer than 5 days, what is wrong with you?? Keep drinking!

In all seriousness this vacuum pump was the smartest $10 purchase I've made all year.
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