Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Corkscrew Anyone?

So you are headed over to a friends for a dinner party in their new house and have your favourite bottle of wine. It's been a while since you have seen them and are looking forward to sharing a meal and a few bottles of wine.

You finally arrive, have the grand tour of their new diggs, and have a few laughs. It's time to open up a bottle. Then tragedy happens.


They can't find one because they still haven't finished unpacking all their boxes yet. They can't find the little rubbery garlic peeler, or the potato masher either. But as we all know, those are far less important.

So like the ingenious and always prepared person that you, are you have a spare one on you.

Tragedy averted!

A few months ago, I was in the market for a new corkscrew myself as my favourite one had broken (yes they do break).

So I hunted and hunted for about 2 months before I found one that I really really liked. Was it perfect? No, but it was close enough for me to work with.

There are many different ways to remove a cork from a wine bottle.

Here are a few.

A basic corkscrew that can contribute to a torn rotator cuff if you aren't careful!

A Waiter's Friend. This is almost the exact one that I use. I like to make sure that it has a smooth blade to cut the foil on a bottle as a serrated blade can sometimes leave bits of foil floating around.

The super easy winged type.
The Rabbit. A bit overpriced in my opinion, but does the job easily and quickly.
The Cork Puller. This one takes a bit of practice, but can be done with great efficiency.

So where does that leave you?

Just like your taste in wine is your's, so is your taste in corkscrew.

If all else fails you can do one of two things.

Buy wine with a screw top or...

Opening a wine bottle with a shoe.

Enjoy a glass.


  1. We have the one that you do. I would like to buy the rabbit one, but as you mentioned a little pricey. My tried, tested and trusty corkscrew is perfect.

    1. Thanks for the comment!
      I so agree. I had a really hard time finding one that I liked. When I did it was about $9 which was great. I'm currently in the drafting stage of designing my own. Will it be better? I doubt it. But it will be mine!


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