Friday December 6, 2019

The taming of the screw

When Greg Lambrecht’s wife became pregnant, he found himself with the problem of opening a bottle of wine for one and not being able to preserve the remainder. So he invented a device which is now revolutionising the art of wine appreciation.

1st March, 2015
Greg Lambrecht, inventor of the Coravin. Picture: Paul Sherwood

‘I can tell you it was a little surreal: Elon Musk and myself at the Edison Awards,’ says Greg Lambrecht, the 46-year-old inventor who picked up a gold trophy at the US award ceremony for a remarkable wine gadget called the Coravin.

Lambrecht trained as a nuclear scientist before switching to medicine and mechanical engineering. After working with Pfizer’s Medical Technology Group, he became vice-president of orthopaedic implant company Stryker. Then, in 2000,...

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