Best Wine Opener
What is the Best Wine Opener for you?
Well, it certainly depends, but as WC Fields will attest, any wine opener will work, it's just that we might have personal preferences. That's why we have wine corkscrew reviews, lever wine opener reviews, pump wine opener reviews and much more.
"Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Someone forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water." - WC Fields
Cork has been used to seal wine bottles since the late 17th century. This is a good thing as corks prevent wines from oxidizing so they keep, and in fact some wines improve significantly with age when sealed with cork. Most wines bottles are still sealed with corks, both real and "synthetic" or fake corks, although some now have screw caps.
Wine openers of various types are used to remove the cork. This is seemingly trivial, but since there have been 100s of patents issued since the late 1700s for wine opening devices, obviously it isn't! Champagne is an exception because although it has a has corks although it needs no corkscrew - the cork twists and pops off.
The most common wine opener is a simple corkscrew. It consists of a sharp pointy metal helix, called the screw or worm, attached to a handle. You grab the handle and screw the helix into the cork and then pull.
Simple corkscrews work, although they require a wee bit of skill and strength, and may not be appropriate for the aged or disabled.
One step up is a corkscrew with some type of lever to make pulling the cork out easier. A common type resembles a pocket knife, and is often called a wine key, sommelier knife or waiter's friend. It has a screw, a brace which rests on the edge of the bottle opening when using the handle as a lever to extract the cork, and usually a knife blade to cut the foil which normally covers the cork on wine bottles.
The term "screwpull wine opener" is typically used to describe a corkscrew which has one or more levers and gears as well. These allow you to impale and remove the cork in one easy motion. The Metrokane Rabbit Wne Opener and Houdini Wine Openers are examples.
There are also electric wine openers like the Oster Wine Opener. With gas powered ones, you pierce the cork with a needle type device and the cork pops out either from a carbon dioxide cartridge or by a hand operated pump (you didn't really think they had an internal combustion engine, did you?).
And of course there are even more types of wine openers, like the Ah-So, also called the "butler's friend," a twin-pronged cork puller ideal for grabbing difficult corks.
We try to cover essentially all wine openers, certainly the most popular, and regularly update this site, even though covering "all" is close to impossible and a moving target.
Some folks prefer antique wine openers which can be found at action or sometimes on eBay. There are some simply beautiful ones available!
Since the opener you prefer is largely a matter a personal taste, it's hard to do wine bottle opener ratings, so we concentrate on reviews. At a minimum, we strive for covering all the best wine openers reviews as well as popular ones that perhaps aren't the "best" in their category so you know their shortcomings as well as strengths.