Kitchen Essentials – Corkscrews

By / Magazine / April 27th, 2009 / 2

Run the word “corkscrew” through an Internet search engine and you’ll discover a long list of corkscrew enthusiasts. Clubs dedicated to nothing other than collecting the various types of corkscrews or cork pullers that have existed over the last few centuries. And why not? Corkscrews have become useable art.

The question has to be asked, is there any difference among corkscrews? Well, yes. The most obvious answer being that some work well while others don’t. There are some key attributes to look for when you’re shopping for a corkscrew.

The first tip is that not all are actually corkscrews. Some are cork pullers. They work just as well. Which you choose to use depends entirely on your own personal comfort.  

Secondly, regardless of the style, look for those that require minimal effort. If you have to struggle to pop the cork, you might find the workout you get healthy, but the wine won’t. When the cork is being pulled, the action shouldn’t cause the bottle to rock and disturb any sediment at the bottom.                                                                                                                   

Finally, price does not necessarily reflect quality. Spending $200 on a fabulous-looking corkscrew or cork puller might just be like pouring your hard-earned money down the drain. Look for corkscrews that feature a well-shaped, open-spiral “worm” that won’t split, crush or simply drill a whole through the cork. 














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