From the simplest hand tools to powerful electric models, corkscrews and wine openers can come in many forms to help you uncork your favorite bottle of vino. Here’s how to find the right wine bottle opener for your kitchen or home bar.
Types of Wine Openers
• Wine Key. Also known as a “waiter’s friend,” these are the most basic bottle openers. Unfold the two hinges and use the simple lever to uncork your bottle. You’ll have to apply a little force to use these corkscrew wine openers but they’re affordable, durable and portable. Toss them in a beach bag or picnic basket for outdoor events.
• Butterfly. Also called winged wine openers, a butterfly corkscrew is an easier-to-use manual option. Twist straight down into the cork and push down on the two “wings” to lift it out.
• Electric Wine Opener. There are many different varieties of automatic wine openers, but all of them will open your bottle with no pulling necessary. They remove corks with ease in just seconds.
Benefits of Electric Wine Openers
Electric wine openers are ideal if you enjoy drinking older wines, where the cork may be weaker and more likely to come apart. The even pressure and force of an electric wine opener removes older corks with less mess and damage.
Battery-operated wine openers are also a great choice for households that host large gatherings. Save time manually removing corks and open several bottles quickly and easily. Many can open dozens of bottles before they need to recharge.
They also come with foil-removing capabilities. These machines do take up more room on a countertop or in a cabinet, so consider your space before making your choice.
A wine opener set comes with an opener and accessories like a cap cutter and reusable wine stoppers. These kits make great gifts.