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    What Types Of Wine Openers Are There?

    Wine Openers

    We might be stating the obvious, but there are a multitude of different corkscrews and wine openers out there in the market. Today, we’ll help you weave your way through the maze of utensils that forms an integral part of a wine drinker’s tasting experience.

    The Sommelier Knife (AKA The Waiter’s Friend)

    If you really want to impress your guests, you can tell them that Carl Wienke initiated the first recorded patent for a corkscrew in 1882. See this as a party trick of sorts. You’ll thank us later. 

    The sommelier knife is probably the most common wine opener on the market and may include a small knife blade, a corkscrew, a lever (the part that rests on the tip of the bottle) and a handle - which is designed with either wood, metallic, plastic or even metal - it all depends on what you like.

    The Winged Corkscrew

    This understated corkscrew first presented its usefulness in 1888. It’s designed with two ‘wings’ on either side of the worm and works by pushing the levers together once the worm has pierced the cork. Not many people know this, but you can use a winged corkscrew to close a bottle of wine you didn’t get to finish (not that you are leaving half-empty bottles around the house, but just in case).

    The winged corkscrew is fairly easy to use and is considered to be a bar essential of the casual entertainer or oenophile. 

    The Twist Corkscrew

    This is a utensil that was first developed by Reverend Samuel Henshall in 1795. Of course, this wasn’t for personal use, since there were many bottles of wine to open before a mass. 

    This might be the simplest of all wine openers, but this little device isn’t for those who struggle with uncorking. It’s traditional in every sense of the word and in terms of design; the twist corkscrew was made with a handle shaped almost like a half-moon, right above the screw, which is used to pull the cork from the bottleneck.

    The Air Pressure Wine Opener

    If there can be air fryers out there, then surely an air pressure wine opener can’t be such a foreign concept. By inserting a hollow needle through the cork, it then releases just the right amount of CO2 from its cartridge, allowing the cork to smoothly press itself out. 

    This is a great option if you want to keep your cool at a party. It’s a quick, seamless, and somewhat advanced method to open a bottle of wine. Still, let it be known that after 80-100 uses, you’ll probably have to get yourself a new one as these aren’t the sturdiest of options

    Rabbit Ears

    This is almost like a luxury upgrade of the winged corkscrew. Most of the models on the market have comfy ergonomic handles that resemble the shape of a rabbit’s ears (just in case you were wondering) and pull out a cork in 3 seconds flat. 

    Not only is it really pretty and super functional, but it’s also constructed with hardened polycarbonate metal and nylon for long-term durability. In many cases, brands offer as much as a 10-year warranty. 

    Electric Wine Openers

    There’s no shame in using an electric wine opener. This is a viable option for wine connoisseurs in their golden years and those with limited dexterity. 

    Most of these high-tech openers are battery-powered, but they usually last long enough. It all depends on how many bottles a day you tend to uncork . With the press of a button, the corkscrew will twirl like one of those dainty ballerinas in a vintage jewelry box and voilà, open the bottle right up 

    Air Pump Corkscrew

    When all else fails, this fun corkscrew may serve as another party trick. In terms of features, it’s very similar to its cousin, the air pressure wine opener, but seasoned oenophiles vouch for this method of uncorking so it’s worth taking a closer look. 

    The air pump corkscrew also works with a needle that you use to pierce the cork. The handgrip helps you brace for impact, while the air pump sways from side to side, drawing air into the bottle until the cork pops out. Easy and entertaining, right?

    Vintage Cork Puller Ah-So Opener

    Now we’re getting into the classiest option. This is a prime selection if you wish to open that rare vintage bottle sealed with natural cork. How so? Well, the Ah-So opener is designed to keep the cork intact - unlike normal openers.

    True wine aficionados keep this opener in their drawers because, with time, they’ve mastered their uncorking technique. First, you lodge the opener’s prongs in between the cork and bottle, and then you’ll twist the handle to pull the cork out from the bottleneck in one finessed flick - just like a habituated butler. 

    Conclusion

    There is really no reason to feel you’re uncorking ‘the wrong way’. All it takes is a bit of practice and a handy tool that works for you. 

    Going Vintage: The Art Of Buying In Bulk

    Buying vintage in bulk could be beneficial if you’re looking to resell or expand your cellar with top-notch wine. Here’s what you’ll need to consider:

    Research Your Wine And Its Value

    Establish that your box of vintage is authentic and in good condition, but also make sure that you’re not paying an extortionate amount of money. Having some knowledge of what to expect can help you gain greater access to market information.

    Determine Provenance

    Wherever you choose to purchase your vintage case from, you’ll want to verify your purchase. This means that the bottle condition, authenticity, and provenance are clearly stated. If you wish to resell your vintage later then an unbroken chain of ownership from the winery to the current owner is crucial when purchasing in bulk. 

    Insure Your Bottles

    When traveling to its final destination, your wines will need to be insured against any potential damage. You’ll also want to make sure the insurance applies to storage. Stored vintages may be subjected to damage caused by natural disasters, break-ins, and extreme temperatures. 

    Buying Cases Of Mixed Wines

    The joy of joining a wine club is one way to ensure that you have a beautiful variety of wines at your disposal. There are retailers that offer mixed-case purchases of six or 12 bottles of the same vintage and label.

    If you’re an oenophile that sticks to familiar flavors, then you can customize your box from scratch. When building a mixed selection, keep the following in mind: 

    • The one issue with mixed cases: They don’t always contain only popular wines. There are instances where you might end up with three or four valuable wines, while the rest act as a filler of sorts
    • Optimize for your taste range: Opting for a mixed selection eliminates the risk of having a case delivered that isn’t in your taste range. This is because you’re able to select wine based on your personal preferences 
    • Mystery bottle: Some retailers and wine clubs will offer a mystery case option. However, if you’re not fond of surprises then you may want to choose your own instead 

    Conclusion

    Perhaps you’re looking to expand your high-end collection or hoping to experience the benefits of bulk buying. Cases of wine can offer you convenience, personalization, and practicality. If you end up with a fine box of vintage, make sure you know how to store it and properly age it.