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What’s the Best Wine Opener for You?


September 2, 2013 Blog » Wine Tips & Tricks » What’s the Best Wine Opener for You?

No matter how much you love boxed wine, wine bottles and corks are not going out of style any time soon. Explore the major styles of wine openers to find the one that’s right for you; from the portable waiter’s friend to the old-hands friendly electric wine opener.
 

What’s the Best Wine Opener?

Different Types of Wine Openers
 
Corkscrew Waiter's Friend Wine Key

The Waiter’s Friend

Extremely portable but requires moderate skill.

I admit that this is the best wine opener out there for anyone who is a serious wino. A waiter’s friend has many variations, including the double-hinged model (pictured) which alleviates the brut-force required to remove a cork.
 
Waiter’s friend corkscrews range from the modest ‘Pull-Taps’ to the Lamborghini-like ‘Laguiole.’

How use a Waiter’s Friend like a Pro

Winged Corkscrew Butterfly corkscrew

The Winged ‘Butterfly’ Corkscrew

Cheap and unreliable.

This is the most commonly available corkscrew. There are many variations that are easier to use, but the one pictured to the left just sucks. The worm (the actual ‘screw’ part) shreads apart even the most well-made corks.
 
As much as we bash it, the ‘Butterfly’ style has potential, but you need to be picky. Check out this example of a ‘Butterfly’ corkscrew as a great example.


Lever Style Corkscrew 'Bunny Ears'

The ‘Bunny Ears’ Lever Corkscrew

Easy to use but expensive.

This is the best corkscrew for true beginners. It’s easy to use and has the satisfaction of the ‘pop’ of a cork included.
 
The only real drawback to this opener is that lever corkscrews take up a lot of drawer space. And if you live in New York City, you understand that drawer space comes at a premium.

Ogle at a 100-dollar corkscrew

Table top Corkscrew

The Table Top Wine Opener

Easy to use but expensive and takes up space.

This corkscrew style should be used more by restaurants with Wine-By-The-Glass programs. It’s easy to use whilst being visually appealing.
 
Perfect for Restaurants and Wine Caves For the wine collector who has everything, a table top wine opener is a great gift. Be prepared to spend $30-70 for a kickass one.


corkscrew-electric

The Electric Wine Opener

Easy to use but embarrassing

My grandfather-in-law sent me one of these when he found out I was an avid wine drinker. At first I hated it, but it was just so easy to use. I used it for about a year straight before spring-cleaning sent it to Goodwill.
 
Perfect for the elderly or arthritis-weary wine lover This type of wine opener is awesome for people who have trouble opening things. No shame in that.


Screw Pull Classic Vintage Corkscrew

The Twist & Pull Corkscrew

The brut force method; hard to use but satisfying.

If you are a luddite then you probably already have a curated collection of Twist & Pull corkscrews. In fact, you’d probably love to see the largest collection of corkscrews in the world in Rioja at Vivanco
 
Twist & Pull corkscrews are hard to use and reserved for special moments when you need to show off.


Ah-So Cork pull opener

The Ah-So Wine Opener

Hard to use. Designed for sensitive corks

If you open a lot of older bottles that are corked with natural cork then the Ah-So might be a great type of wine opener for you. An Ah-So is an elegant design, but you have to be careful not to push the cork into the bottle.
 
The Ah-So has a variation for super old corks called a Durand, great for old wine/Port collectors.

Check out the Durand Corkscrew


Air Pump Wine Opener

The Air Pump Corkscrew

Open your wine with science.

Do you really want a science project every time you open a bottle of wine? This opener can be a little unruly because of all the pumping involved. Many say that the internal pressure on the wine inside is bad. We believe this is a myth.
 
Save your money for a build-your-own rocket if you’d like to practice science at home.


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By Madeline Puckette
I'm a certified wine geek with a passion for meeting people, travel, and delicious food. You often find me crawling around dank cellars or frolicking through vineyards.