First Came Perlage...

On New Year’s Eve, 1991, after enjoying a particularly exceptional glass of Champagne, physicist and inventor Evan Wallace hatched an idea for a device that would perfectly preserve opened bottles of Champagne and ultimately transform the restaurant and bar industry. After working on its conception single-mindedly for seven years, he was awarded a U.S. patent in 1998 for the method and apparatus that later became the Perlage Champagne Preservation System.

Then, the hard work began. Wallace founded Perlage Systems, Inc. in 1994 to bring his patented Champagne preservation technology to the market. After over 15 years of painstaking research, development, prototyping, modification, and finally manufacturing, the Perlage System was launched in 2008.

Dom Perignon was Perlage Systems' first customer. They extensively tested the product over a period of many months, and developed so much confidence in it that they commissioned a custom version of Perlage specially designed to accommodate the Dom Perignon bottle. Other industry customers soon followed, including Moet Hennessey USA, Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Remy Cointreau, Williams Grant, and many others.

Industry adoption was swift, and Perlage Systems quickly became the industry leader in sparkling wine preservation technology. Within a few years, Perlage was being used in over 10,000 restaurants, in over 150 countries.

Other collaborations within the Champagne industry soon followed. Within five years, Perlage Systems had produced private-label versions of the Perlage System for such storied Champagne houses as Krug, Salon, Veuve Clicquot, BollingerCa' Del Bosco, Canard-Duchene, Chandon, Delamotte, Duval Leroy, GH Mumm, Henriot, Lamberti, Lanson, Laurent Perrier, Louis Roederer, Moet Chandon, Mumm Napa, Nicholas Feuillatte, Palmer, Perrier Jouet, Piper Heidsiek, Pol Roger, Pommery, Rare, Ruinart, Tattinger, Thienot, and many others.

Then Came Perlini and FIZZIQ...

Based on the same technology as the Perlage System, the company went on to develop the Perlini System, a pressurized cocktail shaker specifically designed for carbonating cocktails. Launched at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans in 2011, Perlini quickly became one of the most sought-after tools in the bar and spirits industry.

In 2013, also at Tales of the Cocktail, Perlage Systems unveiled the revolutionary FIZZIQ Bottling System, the world's first countertop machine for carbonating and bottling small-batch cocktails. FIZZIQ is now used worldwide in the finest bars, restaurants, and luxury hotels, including the Ritz Carlton, to create private-label specialty cocktails.

With Perlini and FIZZIQ now in the product family, collaborations with spirits brands such as Bacardi, Southern Wine & Spirits, Tanqueray, and many others soon followed. FIZZIQ was a featured item in over a dozen Tanqueray Greenroom events around the country in 2015-2016, and, along with Perlini, in many dozens of national cocktail events.

And Now, Applied Fizzics…

On June 1, 2024, Perlage Systems, Inc. changed its corporate name to Applied Fizzics, Inc. to better describe our varied product line, which today services both the Champagne and spirits industries. You can read about this change here in our news blog. Wallace noted that this is a change in name only. "We're the same great company with all the same great people and the same great customer service," he said, "and we love Champagne more than ever."

For a nostalgic look back at how the company got started, take a walk down memory lane in the video below. It includes an interview with the late, great Murray Stenson, named Best Bartender in America in 2010, behind the bar at the Zig Zag Cafe, named Best Bar in America by GQ Magazine in 2010. Zig Zag was one of the first bars in the country to adopt the Perlage System in 2008.