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December 10, 2013

Cork Remover for Old Wine

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You know how sometimes an old cork can disintegrate into a great bottle of wine, pretty much destroying it?

You do?

Well I don't but I'll take your word for it.

For those of my readers who from time to time are vexed by this unfortunate possibility, there's this nice tool, reviewed as follows by Eric Asimov in the New York Times:


No moment produces as much as much anxiety for wine lovers as pulling a cork on a precious old bottle. A cracked, deteriorated cork can crumble into the wine, marring what should be a joyous moment. Enter the Durand, an ingenious device constructed specifically for older bottles: it can remove even the most fragile corks without incident. And it will pay for itself if one cherished bottle is preserved.


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$125 (case of 1955 Château Latour Pauillac-Médoc included with your order*).

*Only if your name is Flautist.

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The wing-things work great. Mine came from Nehalem Bay Winery, circa 1970. Tell Rocketwife the trick is to “Rock-it” rather than push.

And we’re talking wine corks, capiche?

Posted by: Marianne | Dec 10, 2013 9:22:56 PM

I was at a home that the owner had many vintage bottles.

No matter how careful and what device used, sometimes there were

cork fragments left behind, he used some sort of virgin

cheese cloth to filter it.

I always went by this site,


Posted by: Joe Peach | Dec 10, 2013 6:32:36 PM

I have a cork remover that's just the 'wings', and no screw. It always works for me (for the few bottles that get opened at my house), but Rocketwife can never seem to get the blasted thing to work.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Dec 10, 2013 12:13:13 PM

I have a similar last resort opener, but it has no screw. It works pretty well on deteriorated corks as long as you don't push it into the bottles.

I wish all wine had screwcaps...

Posted by: Greg | Dec 10, 2013 11:25:57 AM

"... reviewed as follows by Eric Asimov ..." Any relation to Isaac Asimov?

Posted by: antares | Dec 10, 2013 12:10:10 AM

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