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Corkscrewing Here it is folks, a quick breakdown of corkscrews and some fine wine gifts for you last minute shoppers. These are all great stocking stuffers and lots of these models can be found just about everywhere. Stop wasting time, check out which model is right for you and go buy it!

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  • Snooth User: tpbeebejr
    931673 8

    Thank you for the nice overview. I assume that the gas-powered style uses a carbon dioxide cartridge. Carbon dioxide is soluble in water (wine is 85-ish% water), and is it dissolves, it can make the wine acidic (by producing carbonic acid when it reacts with water). Most people go to some lengths to protect their wines by pumping out air, storing at the proper temperature, aerating, decanting, etc. Acidifying the wine (even if only briefly during opening) must affect the taste, although I haven't seen any discussion about this aspect of these openers. Can you please comment on this yourself, or point me to something where it has been discussed? Thank you. TPB

    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:48 PM

  • Snooth User: kelvin8r
    471439 24

    Any thoughts on removing the entire capsule or leaving some for decoration? I know some people like to see the length (of the cork) before screwing, but I always remove just the part that covers the tip, usually around 1/2 inch below the top. Thanks.

    Dec 19, 2011 at 4:29 PM

  • Snooth User: dhclyne
    635661 19

    Interesting question TPB! I cannot imagine a transient increase in the partial pressure of CO2 in the neck of a wine bottle having anything but the most minuscule effect on pH. Did you do any calculations as to the effect of exposure time, surely very brief, and the buffering capacity of the wine? Also it would not be difficult to actually measure any pH change if one were so inclined.

    Dec 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM

  • Tried to buy the longlever through a German site. Corkscrew cost was about $15. Shipping was about $70. Oh well

    Dec 19, 2011 at 8:25 PM

  • The bext corkscrews have screws that are wide enough to have traction in the cork. I have seen so many at craft fairs, with posh handles, or in tatty tourist shops, that are too narrow.

    The trusty Trudeau looks just the job. Sometimes you can get similar from the vineyards, or buy from winefairs.

    But as for screwing around with corks - that is surely not recommended!!!

    Dec 20, 2011 at 6:07 AM

  • Snooth User: ocozzie
    127922 5

    Very helpful information....I am going to buy a "Trusty Trudeau"!

    Jan 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

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