Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I will admit, I never knew there were this many different cork screw technologies.
I used to use a little gizmo with two curved blades designed to cradle the cork on opposite sides. You insert it with a rocking motion and twist it out. It was extremely effective and quick, and it preserved the cork intact. Unfortunately, it does not work on today's manufactured cork substitutes. In fact, even real corks are not as cooperative as they used to be.
It was called a sommelier's opener. I don't see them for sale anymore.
I have tried some variant of most of these models, but few of them equal the old standard "waiter's corkscrew." A recent improvement on the latter employs a hinged double lever, facilitating removal of the cork without damage, with two flicks of the wrist. I am surprised Amazon doesn't carry it.