There are plenty of options for opening a bottle of wine. Corkscrews are made in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes. From traditional corkscrews to electric bottle openers and fancy lever-laden corkscrews to full-sized wall mounts, the sky's the limit when it comes to offering wine enthusiasts loads of styles, mechanics and price points for popping their prized wine corks.
Made in Spain, Pulltap offers a solid, basic "waiter-style" corkscrew with a serrated foil cutter and double-lever lift system to help win the battle of the cork. I like this corkscrew in particular because it is durable, has five full turns on the corkscrew and is super easy to use.
One of my all time favorite corkscrews and wine gifts. This is by far the easiest, most consistent, virtually "no-fail" wine corkscrew around. Technically, there's no need for a foil cutter, you just plunge the augur into the foil and cork, push the lever down and up and voila you're ready to pour. So far, I've never broken a cork, pushed a cork through to the bottle or had any capsule cork issues using this well-engineered corkscrew.
For those that thrive on gadgets, here's the ultimate in wine gadgetry - a cordless electric wine opener complete with charging base, LED light, and one button operation. It sort of looks like a super slender cordless phone on the countertop but instead of communicating with words, it speaks in efficiency boasting over 30 bottles opened on a single charge. It's easy to use, comes in several colors, houses a foil cutter at the base and pulls out both real and synthetic corks without a struggle. What more could you ask for?
This is the two-pronged wine tool that you need when you get into a cork jam, where the cork breaks or begins to shred under a traditional wine corkscrew. While it can certainly be used as the first option for opening a bottle of wine, I find that it's my go-to opener when I've got a problem cork or an older bottle of wine that increases the chances of breaking the cork and having to push it through into the bottle.
The twist style corkscrews typically have a longer augur and good mechanics so less wrist strength is needed to tussle a cork out of the bottle. They come in a range of price points from $5 to $25 and tend to be a pretty consistent corkscrew. I tend to prefer the twist style corkscrews put out by Le Creuset, they are extremely durable.
These mounted, antique-inspired corkscrews are charming, full-functioning bottle openers designed to pop a cork with a single pull of the handle. If you are looking for a piece of kitchen or bar decor that also handles the vino, then this is it. If you are looking for something small and fairly inconspicuous for wine cork extractions check out the other opener options above.