You can still find some great items, such as these corkscrews, at many of your local retailers. And what wine geek doesn't need a corkscrew? These are some of my favorite models, for ease of use, reliability and of course price.
In addition to corkscrews, you might want to consider decanting funnels, aerating funnels and wine preservation systems, as all are good choices for wine lovers out there. If you really don't want to decide yet, there's always overnight air!
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My Old Trusty
I've been buying the Trudeau Waiter's Friend for several years now and I really can't complain. This is a well built, inexpensive and reliable corkscrew that does just what it is supposed to. The only problem I seem to have is that they disappear from my desk all the time!
Screwpull's Original Table Corkscrew has proven itself over the years. Convenient and easy to use, it's a great gift for everyone in your family. It's so simple. There's no explaining or tricks to be taught, and it's large enough that it never gets lost. Traits that make it perfect for just about everyone on your list.
The Motrokane Houdini
This lever model corkscrew takes the principles of more expensive models and brings them to the masses. Yes it is big and bulky and takes a moment to learn how to use, but once you understand what you have to do, you're effortlessly pulling corks. A particularly good choice for folks with limited manual dexterity.
Pop Goes the Cork
I've never been a fan of these gas powered corkscrews, but I do have to admit that this performed flawlessly when I used it. There's always the issue of running out of gas while in the midst of a mess of bottles, but if you want to give something cool to your wine loving friends that has a good chance of being used, check out Cork Pop's Legacy.
I've used these two prong corkscrews for years when it comes to the broken and crumbling corks found in aged bottles of wine. That's what this tool is designed for and that's what it is good at, so don't think this is a great gift for anybody. It's a gift a true wine geek will appreciate and use, and as such you should splurge for the top of the line model. Yes, this pretty much works like all the other two-prong models, but it looks a lot cooler!
PS: This type of corkscrew was once called the "butler's friend" because with it you were a to remove a cork with almost no damage to the cork. This allowed for some unscrupulous butlers to take a nip and replace it with whatever it took to not get caught!
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