We talk a lot about bottles of wine, countries of origin, and winemaker stories which are all crucially important to developing your sense and palate for wine. Just as important as the wine itself is making sure it gets open! What’s a good bottle of wine if you can’t actually drink it?
It might seem silly to be discussing something as simple as a corkscrew but they really are important! If it’s cheap and flimsy or unreliable, it may destroy your cork, which can destroy your wine. The biggest key to perfectly opening a bottle of wine is to ensure the cork comes out smoothly and efficiently without leaving any little pieces behind – no one wants to drink cork. Therefore, your choice of corkscrew is pretty crucial.
So with that being said, here are 5 of the best corkscrews for all of your wine-opening needs.
Best Standard Corkscrew: Pulltap’s Professional Waiter’s Corkscrew
The waiter’s corkscrew is what you probably envision when you think of a wine opener. One small lever, a metal corkscrew and a wine key to open the foil. This one is affordable but not made cheaply, it’s going to accomplish your basic task of removing the cork easily and efficiently.
Best Electric: Secura Stainless Steel Electric Wine Opener
Electric corkscrews take all the work out of opening wine, and who doesn’t love making tasks easier? One push of a button and your cork is cleanly removed, leaving no trace. This Secura electric opener hsa a foil cutter and it’s stainless so there’s no risk of rusting or deteriorating.
Best Value: Barvivo Professional Waiters Corkscrew
If you like to take things up a notch, try a professional level corkscrew.This is the waiter’s corkscrew style but with a lot more class and style. It’s made of stainless and rosewood so it’s quite sturdy and will last you forever.
Best Lever: OXO Steel Vertical Lever Corkscrew
A levered corkscrew works similarly to that of a waiter’s corkscrew but instead of having to shift the level of the lever, it’s a simple 2 step motion. Push down to insert the corkscrew, pull up to remove the cork. Easy!
Best Winged: Rabbit Wing Corkscrew
The winged corkscrew uses the twisting motion to insert the corkscrew but pushing down on the two wings help to remove the cork in a swift, easy motion. Rabbit is known for their level of excellence in quality, so you know you’re getting a great product.
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