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Wine Wisdoms #36: Broken Corks? Don’t Stress

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 12:42:16 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Broken Cork

Corks can break and crumble on old wines, or when a clunky corkscrew causes a problem. Unfortunately this often leads people to panic: Oh no! My wine is ruined! It’s corked!

Don’t stress. If the cork breaks in half and the remaining half is stil intact, simply give it another go and see if you can extract the rest. If the cork has completely crumbled, the best thing to do is to push the pieces into the bottle so they don’t block the neck. Most likely, the wine won’t be harmed by the cork. Pour the wine and give it a smell to look for off-aromas.  If the cork is tainted, the wine smells musty, like wet newspaper, or it has no smell. In this case, you’ll have to discard the bottle. If the wine smells fine, just ignore those pesky cork pieces and pull them out as you pour.

Having a great corkscrew and a humidity-controlled wine cellar (to keep the corks moist) are two great defendants against broken corks. We offer a wide assortment of wine openers and corkscrews, wine cellars, and wine refrigerators, so you never have to deal with broken corks!

How to Shop for a Lever Style Corkscrew

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 3:32:30 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Based on the popularity of our recent post about how to shop for a Waiter’s style corkscrew, we thought it only fair to represent the lever style as well. Lever Style corkscrews have grown in popularity over the years because they have revolutionized the ease of uncorking a bottle of wine. The power of leverage in the handle removes the cork almost effortlessly.  And over the years, slick designs from manufacturers like Metrokane (makers of the Rabbit wine opener) and Le Creuset (makers of the Screwpull brand of corkscrews) have turned these into chic collectibles, too.


Concord Lever Style Corkscrew

Much like shopping for any style of corkscrew, the level of craftsmanship will determine a lever-style corkscrew’s ability to extract the cork…as well as its price. All lever style corkscrews function the same way, but levers made from a heavier, more durable material, will extract all corks more easily. Models made from polycarbon require a bit more force than other models and may not be strong enough for use with synthetic corks which require stronger leverage. You may want to check out Wine Enthusiast’s own value-priced Concorde Lever Style Corkscrew, recently recommended by Cook’s Illustrated.


LM 400 Personalized

The latest craze in lever-style models is the vertical or horizontal design option. Traditionally, lever style corkscrews had wings that operated perpendicular to the wine bottle. But now, these newer models have upright wings that are tucked into the sides, allowing for a more compact design and even better ease-of-use. The sleek, Screwpull LM-400 and the Vertical Rabbits are two great examples.

No matter which  model you select, a lever style corkscrew will  make uncorking a breeze. Not sure how to use a lever style corkscrew? Check out our quick video tutorial with a Rabbit corkscrew, which brings the lever style corkscrew to life!

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How to Shop for a Waiter’s Style Corkscrew

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 at 3:30:30 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Waiter’s Style corkscrews are sold in various styles and price ranges. Since all of them lead to the same result, you may be curious how to select the one that’s best for your needs – and your budget. Ranging in price from $7-$170, depending on their material, the difference is generally found in the craftsmanship of the product which affects its ease-of-use.


Chateau Laguiole Aubrac Waiter’s Corkscrew

Higher-end wine openers, (like Laguiole Corkscrews) are crafted of stainless steel with handles made in everything from stag horn to olive wood, and more. The basic functionality is the same but a Laguiole will be more durable and stylish. More affordable waiter’s corkscrews are typically made of an ionized plastic, and cost around $10.


Capitano Waiter’s Corkscrew

Both work, but when comparing the action of the two, you will find that a more high-end corkscrew will open the wine in a smoother fashion, and feel better in your hands. Assuming you treat your wines with care, you probably want to take care in how you open them, and invest in a nice corkscrew.

After you’ve made your decision to purchase a waiter’s style corkscrew, you‘ll now need insight into how to extract that pesky cork. Watch as a member of our team, Josh Farrell, shows you in this live video:

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Corkscrew Styles: Pick Your Preference

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 at 5:01:23 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Corkscrews come in all shapes and sizes, for various purposes. They can be antique and decorative, high-tech and quick, or simply classic. Over the years we’ve discovered that a person’s wine opener preference can be a sensitive subject. Some swear by their favorite old-fashioned crankers while others seek new upgrades. It’s clear that there is something to love about every kind of corkscrew, and we’re here to explain the benefits of each. Pick your preference!