Brookstone Compact Wine Opener
Last updated date: October 26, 2020
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The wine opener opens any bottle in less than five seconds using the convenient lever-pull design and works well with natural corks. The product, which weighs 2 pounds, and has extra- long chrome handles and finger grips for extra leverage. In our analysis of 33 expert reviews, the Brookstone Brookstone Compact Wine Opener placed 4th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
Open any wine bottle in just 3 seconds. Lever-pull design makes opening effortless. Extra-long handle provides greater leverage. Works with natural and synthetic corks.
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An Overview On Wine Openers
An effective wine opener is a must-have tool for any oenophile, whether you’re a casual sipper or an aspiring sommelier. The tool, also referred to as a corkscrew, is a device for drawing corks from bottles, consisting of a helix- or spiral staircase-shaped metal point attached to handle. Wine openers come in endless shapes and sizes, from the pocket-size manual wine keys to posher electric varieties; which one you choose depends on your preference and how often you pop open a bottle of vino.
The most common wine opener available is the waiter’s friend, or the Swiss Army knife-like wine key, which fastens the metal helix (also known as the worm) to a curved handle that pulls it out at a 90-degree angle while a fulcrum (the point at which a lever rests) rests on the lip of the bottle, providing the resistance needed to pull the cork out with a lift of the handle. These affordable models are usually equipped with a retractable blade for cutting the bottle’s foil capsule. Bartenders, sommeliers and servers are big fans of the wine key, which is small enough to fit into any pocket, requires zero maintenance and can be replaced for less than $10.
Lever model corkscrews use an up-and-down motion and eliminate the need for users to manually twist the helix into the cork, which is required with wine keys. The lever-style opener is bulkier and can weigh a couple pounds, so you can’t carry it around in your pocket, but it gets the job done with the squeeze of a hand. A foil cutter may come with the product or you may have to purchase one separately. If you’re looking for something fancier or often open several bottles at a time, consider a rechargeable electric wine opener, some of which can open up to 30 bottles in a single charge. All you have to do is place the opener on top of your bottle and it’ll do all of the work with the push of a button; one drawback is that the products are portable and may require a separate foil cutter
DWYM Fun Fact
- Are you crazy for corkscrews? Probably not as much as the members of the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts, which was established in 1974. The elite corkscrew collector organization has members from all over the world, including Australia, the United States, Austria, Canada, Greece, Italy, England and France.
- No one know exactly when the corkscrew was invented (likely in the 17th century), but the first corkscrew patent was filed in 1795 by an English reverend named Samuel Henshall, who added a flat button of metal to the helix to help it affix more firmly to the cork.
The Wine Opener Buying Guide
- Things to consider when shopping for a wine opener include how much you want to invest (a wine key is the lowest priced option), ease of use (will you have to read instructions to figure out how to use it?) and the types of bottles you plan to open (there are specialized wine openers for older vintages and some are better than others for synthetic corks).
- While electric models are handy, they do require more maintenance than the manual models. Always make sure to recharge the batteries (there’s nothing worse than trying to open a bottle and finding out you don’t have any power).
- Be careful when handling the foil cutter and helix, which is also very sharp. In fact, the screw is modeled after a tool of war; soldiers used metal claws mounted to the end of wooden ramrods to clear bullets from musket barrels that failed to fire.