Holiday Gift Guide, Corkscrews

Which model should you buy?


It's crunch time. Haven't found the gift for your wine geek friends yet? Well you better start searching locally since your shipping window is slamming shut.

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!

See me demonstrate the Trudeau.

Find the Trudeau on Amazon

Always Easy

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.

See me demonstrate the Screwpull.

Find the Screwpull on Amazon.

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.

See me demonstrate the Lever Model.

Find the Houdini on Amazon

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.

See me demonstrate the Cork Pops Legacy.

Find the legacy on Amazon

The Ah-So

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!

See me demonstrate the Ah-so.

Find the Butler's Friend on Amazon

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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  • Snooth User: MarcOps
    986364 9

    I knew about these but never understood how they worked. Thanks for the demo!

    Dec 19, 2011 at 10:38 AM

  • Snooth User: pdx
    90481 1

    I recently purchased an "always easy" style while out of town and found the metal of the screw too wide and it destroyed the cork. So the metal part must be slender enough to worm its way in without damaging the cork.

    Dec 19, 2011 at 2:48 PM

  • Snooth User: eaglenn
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    Dec 19, 2011 at 3:56 PM

  • Snooth User: EMark
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    OK, I have to bring up old movie trivia. You mentioned the appearance of a gas-charged device in a Columbo episode. In the epilog scene in Diamonds are Forever the very evil Mr. Wint, disguised, along with his equally evil partner, Mr. Kidd, as a room service waiter, uses one of the gas-charged devices to open a bottle of Mouton Rothshild which he doesn't know is a claret. The gaffe, of course, exposes Mr. Wint and 007 immediately dispatches him and Mr. Kidd. 007 is then able to return his full attention to the Mouton and to Tiffany Case.

    Dec 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM

  • Snooth User: pdrinan
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    First, second as well as third, fourth and fifth choice for me will always be the "Old Trusty" wine key. The Ah-So is also a little gem of low-tech genius. The Houdini, or "rabbit" is always impressive and if you're prepping a large quantity, your new best friend. Cheers.

    Dec 19, 2011 at 9:01 PM

  • Snooth User: jcstates
    472055 31

    What happened to the parrot and the rabbit? the other day, these two were also on the demo.

    Dec 20, 2011 at 10:20 PM

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