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Gadgets to help get your wine out of the bottle

Updated on February 25, 2015

Cork pullers

Silver Houdini On A Stand
Silver Houdini On A Stand

Super Pullers

Have you ever been somewhere and found yourself without a corkscrew to open that bottle of rare white zinfandel? Me neither - well, I know a lot of people really love white zinfandel, but I am not one of them. I think if that was the only varietal available, I would not drink wine. But, that is a personal opinion of course. Many of my close friends and family prefer that pink semi sweet wine. Whatever be your pleasure, the cork must come out before consuming!

I am a veteran of the fine dining service industry and have opened thousands of bottles of inexpensive white zinfandel and very high end varietals and champagnes. My preference, by trade, has been the common corkscrew.

Çommon waiter's corkscrew

Easy does it

I love these simple gadgets. The above model, the Houdini, makes for a lot of show and hoopla, and certainly does the job, but I'll always prefer the hand-held waiter's corkscrew. It has the short knife on one end to cut away the foil (if there is one - so many bottles are now sealed with wax, no foil) then the sturdy corkscrew and the "lever" for pulling out the cork. They are all not made equally, however. When I purchase a new corkscrew I always look for a decent distance between the spirals on the screw; make sure the knife is sharp, and the lever is not too loose. If the corkscrew is too thin it can cut into your hand. If it is too thick it feels bulky. When it's "just right," there's a real fit in your hand and the corks pop out without effort.

Rabbit

Faster than a speeding bunny!
Faster than a speeding bunny!

Fast as a Rabbit!

The Original Rabbitâ„¢ Corkscrew

  • "The ultimate cork-pulling machine - now with 10-year Warranty"
  • Faster than a speeding bunny
  • Pulls a cork in 3 seconds flat
  • Automatically releases cork
  • User-friendly ergonomic design
  • Opens any size wine bottle
  • Design award winner (IDEA 2001 Award by Business Week and Industrial Designers Society of America; GOOD DESIGN Award of Chicago Athenaeum Museum).
  • All gear teeth made of hardened metal.

Is yours like this?

Three in One!

1) It's a Corkscrew!

Features Screwpull's original, self-pulling technology; High quality PTFE coated spiral glides through the toughest corks; Durable polycarbonate construction for longer life; Handle clips into base for easy storage

2) It's a Foilcutter!

Stainless steel; Serrated blade to increase efficiency; Folds away when not in use

3) It's a Bottle Opener!

Stainless steel; Folds away when not in use

Available in Black, Frosty Red, Frosty Orange, Frosty Blue, Kiwi and Mulberry.

Get it HERE

Don't we all have a multi-task gadget by now - the printer/fax machine/copier for example. The digital camera and camcorder - a swiss pocket knife! Now there's a beautiful and classic gadget!

The King of Classic Gadgets

Swiss Army Knife
Swiss Army Knife

I Want one!

PRODUCT DETAILS

  • Large blade
  • Small blade
  • Can opener with small screwdriver
  • Bottle opener with large screwdriver & wire stripper
  • Scissors
  • Wood Saw
  • Metal saw with metal file & nail file
  • Reamer with sewing eye
  • Corkscrew
  • Hook
  • Wood chisel
  • Fine screwdriver
  • Toothpick
  • Tweezers
  • Key ring
  • Lifetime warranty

You can purchase your knife HERE

Oh how I love these wonderful pocket knives. So versatile and handy. The Swiss are known for their ingenuity and practicality, and it shows with this wonderful iconic tool. Wikipedia tells us:

The term "Swiss Army knife" is sometimes used metaphorically to describe usefulness, such as a software tool that is a collection of special-purpose tools. The term "Swiss Army knife" was coined by US soldiers after World War II, as they couldn't pronounce its original name, "Offiziersmesser". The "Swiss Army" knife has been added to the collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and Munich's State Museum of Applied Art for its design.

The brand "Swiss Army" has arguably achieved near iconic status and is said by some to connote the best versatility, dependability, and quality.

OK - now that we can get the cork out of the top of the bottle, what do we do if the cork is INSIDE the bottle - I have the solution! Please view this short video for your entertainment and amazement.

Cheers! Salute! Nazdorovje, Skol, Cin-Cin!!

Get the cork out of the bottle

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    • ruminator profile imageAUTHOR

      ruminator 

      10 years ago from Big Skies, NM

      ah but screw tops are so ...hummm... unrefined! just isn't the same although I know it is quite an efficient way to seal a wine bottle. There's always the wine-in-a-box, too! No corkscrew required there, either!

    • About-The-Home profile image

      About-The-Home 

      10 years ago

      Good hub, ruminator, I never thought that plastic bag would get the cork out - amazing!

    • Lissie profile image

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      And you don't need any of them if you luck enough to live somewhere that has adopted screw tops - much more practical!

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