SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

February 28, 2014 13:02 ET

Kansas City Plaza Hotel Restaurant Uses New Technology to Launch Wine Program

The Raphael Uses New Wine Preservation System to Offer Guests Exceptional Wines by the Glass

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - Feb 28, 2014) - The Raphael Autograph Collection's signature restaurant, Chaz on the Plaza, is using a new technology developed by a medical apparatus inventor to launch a new Wine Exploration Initiative that will open a new world to wine aficionados. Chaz's new Coravin Wine Access System allows enthusiasts to experience top tier reserve wines without having to purchase an entire bottle. The new system allows wine to be extracted from a bottle without breaking the seal or allowing oxidation of the wine. Now guests may order wines from a new Coravin Wine List at prices from $12 - $26 per two-ounce pour. "We are very excited about this new technology and what it means to Kansas City wine enthusiasts," says Deanna Brazil, Chaz food and beverage. "The world of wine exploration is expanded when you can experience an exemplary wine like a Dominus, 2009 without spending $300 for an entire bottle." 

About The Coravin Wine Access System: The Coravin system is the most advanced wine preservation system to date. It was conceived by Greg Lambrecht, an MIT educated nuclear engineer best known as inventor and patent-holder of medical apparatuses. The Coravin System allows wine to be transferred from the bottle to glass without a cork ever being removed. It works by a surgical procedure in which a thin, hollow needle is plunged down through the cork, keeping the seal functionally intact. As wine is transferred into the glass, it is replaced with Argon gas that prevents the wine from interacting with oxygen. The wine can be preserved and consumed over a period of months or more. The system only works with real cork due to cork's physical property of expandability, thereby allowing it to reseal itself.

About Chaz on the Plaza: Chaz on the Plaza, is the signature restaurant of the historic Raphael Hotel located at 325 Ward Parkway in Kansas City, MO. It is a destination restaurant that embodies its city's unique culture, history and spirit. Chaz is a 2013 recipient of Forbes Travel Guide Recommended award, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Ingram's Most Romantic Restaurant Silver. Signature items include a hand-cut, wet-aged prime beef tenderloin with brie stuffed potato croquette and grilled asparagus, locally sourced lamb chops and fried green tomatoes. Chaz Lounge presents live music nightly and from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays during Weekend Jazz Brunch. Happy Hour drink specials and half-price appetizers are offered from 4 - 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Information and reservations are available online or by calling 816.802.2152.

About The Raphael Hotel: The Raphael is a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel in downtown Kansas City that combines the charm and intimacy of a locally significant landmark with highly individualized service. It is the original boutique concept among historic Kansas City Plaza hotels. The nine-story, Italian Renaissance Revival structure is a member of National Trust Historic Hotels of America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Raphael is noted for distinctive Kansas City hotel deals and specials within its portfolio of romantic getaway, destination-rich and special affinity packages that can be booked online.

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