uncork summer! 5 cool corkscrews for BBQ season

[ 0 ] June 26, 2012 |

This week, we’re stretching the definition of the ‘Tech’ in Tech Tuesday. Because summer means backyard BBQs and an inevitable bottle of the good stuff, we’re featuring the millennia-old technology behind opening a bottle of wine. In the prehistoric days, I imagine a caveman would just smash the neck of the bottle and start chugging, but we’ve come a long way since the 70′s.

Today, there are light-up, battery-powered, multi-purpose openers in a dozen colors. Of course, there are the old standbys, but we’ll share with you a couple of the more theatrical corkscrews available on the market.

Emerson Electric Wine Bottle Opener$19.99 at Target
Slim, mechanical, chic in it’s docking station. Your guests might wonder what appliance this device remotely-controls, but the suave, one-touch bottle-opening action will turn their quizzical looks into admiring stares. Simply place it over the bottle, press the activator and voilà. When they ask, ‘How does it work?’, you need only reply, ‘Magic!

Cork Pops Legacy Wine Bottle Opener$22.37 at Amazon
Resembling an ice pick topped with an air cartridge, the Cork Pops Legacy functions like an ice pick topped by an air cartridge. Simply pierce the cork, press the button and pop!, out slides the cork, right up the needle. Featuring a built-in foil cutter, this one delivers the most unique opening method. Can be tricky with synthetic or really long corks, however.

Metrokane Vertical Rabbit Corkscrew$49.95 at Cooking.com
A new twist on the legendary Rabbit corkscrew, the Vertical version, seen here in striking red, makes opening a bottle as easy as a flick of the wrist. Pump it down, pump it up and the cork comes out. Pump it down again to release, then CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!

Metrokane Black Faucet Corkscrew$19.99 at Compact Appliance
At home in your basement bar, this offers a little more in the way of fun. Playing off the twist mechanism of the corkscrew, the Metrokane Black Faucet is modeled on the vintage sink taps of my fantasy kitchen:  Hot, Cold and Wine.

Kalorik Electric Corkscrew$47.99 at Compact Appliance
When you demand absolute maximum flash, only the Kaloric Electric Corkscrew will do. Featuring a cool blue light and transparent ‘action window’, the Kaloric Electric pulls corks with the press of a button. If you’re the type of host that likes to put on a show, this would look great next to your musical pepper grinder.

When it comes to drinking wine, I value quantity over quality. So like my caveman ancestors, I believe opening a bottle should be quick and easy. But thankfully, there are now many more artful ways to achieve the effect.

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