Wine Bottle Openers

Our favorites for opening those old fashioned corked wine bottles

  
With more wine bottles than ever before being packaged as screw tops, you may be using your bottle opener less and less. Of course, there's still plenty of opportunity to use a good old fashioned bottle opener on real cork, and here's some short descriptions of our favorites.

Winged Bottle Opener

Or as Katie here at logabottle likes to call this one, the cheerleader bottle opener. As you screw in this opener two wings or arms move up that you then push down to actually remove the cork. These openers are usually inexpensive and reliable. The big problem with them is that if you screw in too far, pieces of cork can end up in the bottle. Not the end of the world, but not optimal either.

Waiter's Opener

These openers are small and also include a knife that can be used to cut the foil away from the top of a bottle. After you screw into the cork, you use leverage to force the cork out. These aren't simple to use immediately but after some practice aren't difficult at all. Make sure you get a decent one, because some cheaper versions aren't strong enough and can be very difficult to use properly. This model is a great choice to travel with, or leave in your car so you have an opener when you need it.

Two-pronged Opener

This type of opener is contains two thin metal prongs that go down the side of a cork to pull it out of a bottle. This type of opener probably won't be the only opener most for most, but can be a great choice if you don't want to damage corks. For example, if you are using corks for an art project, not putting holes in each one can be very important. They also can be a good opener to use if you are trying to remove an old, crumbling cork. It may not be easy, but using one of these can keep a great deal of cork particles out of your bottle.

Lever Opener

These openers are newly popular (well a few years ago anyway), and are a great opener for many. These screw in and pull out a cork using a lever that makes the whole process less strenuous than with other openers. These openers have become cheaper in price, but still can be more expensive than others, though some come with foil cutters in the package. They aren't small either. If you drink a lot of wine, an inexpensive one of these is a great tool.


  

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