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14 November 2005

Corkscrew Quandary


Old faithful is just about to give up the ghost.  This is the only corkscrew I use.  It's seemingly your garden variety waiter's corkscrew.  However, some genius added a joint - an articulation if you will, which makes broken corks a thing of the past (almost - there's no accounting for my lack of hand dexterity).

Sadly, my double-jointed wonder is creaking and wobbling its way to ruin.  I'll try to replace it with a similar model.  However, I am curious if any wine opening folks out there regularly use other types of corkscrews, such as the rabbit, barrel-type screw pull, ah-so, etc. 

So tell me; how do you get that plug of cork oak bark out of a wine bottle?


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I tend to use a rabbit most of the time, but also keep a lever model on hand. The rabbit's good - particularly with older corks that might have a greater tendency to tear apart. On the other hand, it is marginally more like a "project" to use. Also, the included foil cutter with the rabbit is AWFUL (I'm referring to the circular one that comes with the Rabbit brand product - your milage may vary with other brands). I almost always have to use something else to cut the foil. That extra hardware and degree of involvement adds to the "project" feel of opening a bottle.

Still, it's a good tool to have for tougher corks, and I frankly use if more than half the time, despite the above-mentioned drawbacks.


I have been an Alexander guy for the last couple of years..nice knife and good torque on the pull.. though mine is dying and i will face the quandry as you my dear Beau... look forward to seeing what the internet world has to offer in terms of critiques... I'LL think about the Condrieu question (I am in theory working right now).


the rabbit always struck me as being too-gadgety. As much as I love gadgets, the kitchen has started to feel crowded. Perhaps if I had more of a cavernous room, I might gear up with the rabbit. Plus, a handheld corkscrew feels more intimate somehow. Plus, I like the challenge that old, crumbly corks present to my humble waiter's friend.

Bill - By 'Alexander' do you mean one of those old timey "T" corkscrews? Or is it another design altogether?



This is like the one I have used for the past 2 years and it is still going strong (mine doesn't have the stand, but it is the same otherwise). I find that it only has some problems with synthetic corks that are too large for the glass they are in, an all too common fault with wines using these closures. Given the prices here, I might pick one of these babies's up as a spare.



Thanks for the recommend Tim.
Though, I must admit, all these thoughts of new-fangled corkscrews are bringing out the luddite in me

jens at cincinnati wine

I too think the double-jointed waiters corkscrew is the best at all types of corks when you need to finesse out a difficult cork.. The worst is the rabbit-ears version which is maybe the most popular but shreds the cork more times than not. This discussion is making me thirsty and it's only 12:15!

jens at cincinnati wine warehouse




Stick with Old Faithful, it's the best - in fact that is the only kind we offer for sale in our tasting rooms, and I keep one in my pants at all times (really!) If I could get a corkscrew shipping permit to Utah, I would send you one...

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