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August 29, 2019

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 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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August 29, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


I use a wine key not specifically for damaged corks, but it works better than an old fashioned cork screw imo. But if you really want to go all out, or one that's better designed for that 2nd, or 3rd bottle, you can't go wrong with a Rabbit Corkscrew.


Get a Rabbit, a wine key, and you've still got some extra cash left over.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Aug 29, 2019 11:14:39 PM

I agree with Greg. If the cork dried out, the wine oxidized. It ain't wine no more. It's vinegar.

This is a super elegant solution to a fake problem.

Posted by: antares | Aug 29, 2019 4:35:16 PM

Wow, that's a lot! My opener of last resort looks like that, but no screw.

Much more reasonable at $7


Most of the problems I have with old wine start with a corkscrew, screwpull style are better but the prong ones, while difficult to use are almost 100%. If you can't use it because the cork shrank and pushes in, the wine is probably already gone.

Posted by: Greg | Aug 29, 2019 11:22:21 AM

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