How to Uncork Wine Bottles

I have a little blast from the past for you today.  Back at the beginning of 2009 I did a series of videos I called a weekly wine chats.  The series didn’t last too long, but I had a chance during those videos to demonstrate how to use different corkpullers.  Here are the three videos I created – I hope they help you open your corked bottles!

The first video demonstrates how to use a waiter’s-style corkpuller:

Sorry about all the ‘ums’ and ‘uhs'; public speaking is definitely not a strong suit of mine! The waiter’s corkscrew should cost somewhere in the $5-$10 range. AND, that video was recorded back in 2009, so I am not headed to a wine convention this weekend! :)

This second video demonstrates a ‘twist-up’ cork puller, but this style has many names. Basically, the corkpuller with the two prongs:

The twist-up corkpuller will probably be right about $5 for what I used in the video. Fancier twistups might cost more than that, but generally, they are pretty inexpensive.

And the third video shows how to use a really nice (though more expensive) corkpuller:

This corkpuller will probably cost between $20-$25.

And here’s one more video – a commercial for the houdini brand – that shows how to use an electric corkpuller.

These corkpullers are so easy to use, and are rechargable so you don’t need to worry about replacing batteries. The houdini costs around $35, but Oster also makes a recharable electric corkpuller that runs about $20.

I hope you found at least one of these videos helpful to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave it in the comments. Cheers!

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