The Corkscrew

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AWWW – the infamous corkscrew!  I don’t recall ever buying a corkscrew except for the “rabbit.”  But somehow I have ended up with all these corkscrews in my drawer – and this is not all of them.  I was trying not to duplicate the style so this is the various styles I have in my drawer over the wine fridge.  My least favorite would be the little green one – you know, the cheap one where the cap inserts back into the pig tail.  The problem with this one is that removing the cork requires muscle and brawn.  All it does is twist into the cork.  There is no leverage at all; you just pull (and pull and pull and pull) to get the cork out.  These are frequent give-aways at wine festivals but you are better off just leaving them behind.  They don’t deserve space in your wine cabinet.

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The Rabbit

Now the “Rabbit” is relatively easy to use; and I have used it numerous times and even given it as gifts; however, there is something about the Rabbit that just doesn’t appeal to me.  I like the feeling of that twisting motion as I insert a corkscrew into the cork and then use the lever to force the cork lose from the bottle so that it can be pried out.  Mechanically, the Rabbit is very well crafted and does a great job.  Even though I don’t use mine daily, I would never get rid of it – it is one of those things that you should always keep on hand.  When I have guests over, it is a nice option to keep out for them to open wine with if they choose.

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Red Wine Diva favorites

My two favorite corkscrews both have a double lever system.  If you look at the picture above, you will note that you have two levels of action behind these corkscrews.  You can pry the cork with the closer lever and then start again with the longer portion of the lever and pull the cork 90% out of the bottle allowing you to pull it the rest of the way by hand.  I actually carry one of these in my purse at all times.  Afterall, the “Red Wine Diva” should never be caught without her corkscrew!!!  (Unless I am flying – really don’t want to give up a corkscrew to security at the airport!)

Airline approved corkscrew

Airline approved corkscrew

Of my favorites, the one pictured above, is “supposedly” approved by the airlines to be packed in your carry-on luggage.  There is no knife or blade to this one so no danger to others.  The foil cutter is the square section at the back of the handle.  There are little rotator blades that cut through the foil making this a safer option for travelers while still giving you the double lever system of removing corks.  Of course, you are not allowed to bring your own wine onto the plane, but you should always be prepared for when you have a lay-over or get stranded somewhere.

The corkscrew dates back to the 1700’s but nobody knows for sure who invented it or exactly how long it has been around.  Very early bottles of wine had corks that protruded from the bottle providing something for you to grab onto while prying the cork from the bottle by hand.  These corks also fit much looser than today’s corks.  The corkscrew worm design is believed to be derived from early gun tools and was very simplistic.  Ancient corkscrews are being collected by wine connoisseurs all over the world and can actually be worth quite a chunk of change in today’s market to the real collector.

Corkscrews Online

Corkscrews Online

For more information on collecting corkscrews:  Corkscrew Collecting

And for more information on the history of the corkscrew:  Bottlenotes

Antique corkscrews:  Corkscrews Online


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