Without a Good Corkscrew, You WILL be Screwed

(Image courtesy of www.klwines.com ) Here's some advice for all you wannabe wine-os: never buy a corkscrew in the 99-cent store. Eve...


(Image courtesy of www.klwines.com)

Here's some advice for all you wannabe wine-os: never buy a corkscrew in the 99-cent store. Ever. I don't care if you think it came from a Crate & Barrel odd lot. It's still a piece of crap.

Nowadays, these dollar store doohickies often look as though they're worth much more than the ridiculously low price you pay for 'em. Well, guess what? They're metal-plated plastic pieces held together with some Tacky Glue. You say you want an oaky taste in your wine? You'll get it. One attempt to twist and pop, and your merlot will morph into a sea of cork chunks.

I'm no conoisseur, but experience has provided me with common sense. Please, get yourself a good quality corkscrew. If you do this, you won't have to jam and jimmy your best butter knife into the cork then play bottle tug-of-war with your friends. You'll save yourself hours of pushing, pulling and popping blood vessels in your forehead like my college roommates and I did on our kitchen floor.

I know the economy isn't currently in a great state, but if you make this investment, you won't have to spend a fortune on a stash of cheap replacements. And that'll save you the money and aggravation.

Here's a site on how to choose the best corkscrew.

If you have any funny bottle-opening stories or other comments about corkscrews, post them here. What's your favorite brand of corkscrew? Know of any fun-themed ones that work well? Let's hear about them!


;) Holly

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