An All-Inclusive Guide On How To Use 12 Different Corkscrews
All corkscrews have a single objective: to help you remove the cork from the bottle so you can enjoy your favorite alcohol at your home bar. But why, with a task so simple and straightforward, are there so many different types of corkscrews? Well, each type has advantages and while the result is the same, the steps on how to use a corkscrew differs.
The basic principle is that you need the worm or the pointy screw-like part of the corkscrew to go into the cork so you can pull it out. But alas, science and technology have provided us with more options on how to open a wine bottle or any other corked bottle for that matter. We now have a wide array of options from old-fashioned corkscrews to electric wine bottle openers. This post features 12 of the best corkscrews available to help you make an informed choice.
A wing corkscrew has a top handler where the center part of the corkscrew is the driller, enveloped inside two flaps and two levers. These twin arms provide extra leverage to remove wine corks with ease. These winged corkscrews are also referred to as “corkscrews with arms”.
Watch the video below to see the procedure in action.
A waiter's corkscrew has the main staff that has a driller, a retractable knife, and a lever to place on the bottle's lip for a smoother pull.
For more tricks on opening a bottle with a waiter’s corkscrew, watch the video below:
A two-step corkscrew also called a “twist and pull” corkscrew, is actually identical to the waiter's corkscrew. It has the same main staff with a retractable knife, a driller, and a lever. It is a favorite in the beverage industry due to its ease of use coupled with its small stature easily tucked in a waiter’s pocket. This corkscrew contains all tools that are necessary to properly open a bottle and provide an elegant look while doing so.
Some people ignore removing the cork from the corkscrew and leave it broken or crumbled. However, it is important to remove the cork from the corkscrew once it is out of the bottle and keep it intact. So should you not be able to finish the bottle, you can re-cork it to maintain its freshness and taste.
To remove the cork from the corkscrew, unscrew it from the tool being careful not to break it. Also, make sure not to poke yourself with the sharp point of the corkscrew. Examine the cork for possible brittleness or damage so you may know whether or not you can use it again.
Below is a 1-minute video on how to use a two-step corkscrew:
The Laguiole corkscrew has a simple yet efficient structure. It is made up of one main staff from where the retractable knife and the driller can be pulled out. This corkscrew has no lever but still does the job.
Below is a visual guide on the procedure:
A corkscrew without a lever is also called a pocket corkscrew or a travel corkscrew. It is a subset of the screwpull corkscrew category and is one of the most affordable options you’ll find. Instead of a wide handle to grip onto, it has a simple circle that’s big enough for you to slip your finger into to pull up. This type of corkscrew includes a cover, so you can slip it into your purse or pocket and take it with you wherever you go.
The corkscrew without a lever mainly uses a driller and a cylindrical container. The cylindrical container of the driller is placed on top of the driller, creating a T-position. The container then serves as a handler for twisting the driller downwards.
Watch the video below on how to use a pocket corkscrew:
The Oneida corkscrew is one of the most popular one-lever corkscrews. Most one-lever corkscrews only require two steps: one forward motion where the worm is inserted into the cork and another that pulls the cork from the bottle. The advantage of using a one-lever corkscrew is the amount of control they provide as the handle firmly holds the neck of the bottle while the corkscrew is in use.
Here’s a video on how to use a lever-style corkscrew.
Wall mount corkscrews mount to a beam or wall for higher stability and safety when removing corks from a bottle. They can be configured for different levels of penetration depths. This type is ideal for partial wine cork extraction at banquet room functions where the wine is placed on the table before the event begins.
Wine cork extractors are prongs that slide down between the wine bottle and cork to remove it from the bottle. They are commonly used for vintage corks made from natural cork. The good thing about extractors is they won't damage vintage wine corks or cause them to break apart dropping crumbs into the wine. Because they’re small, these extractors are best for keeping behind the bar or in aprons for easy access.
Watch this video on how to use a wine cork extractor:
A tabletop corkscrew puller can be attached to — you guessed it — a table or counter for sturdiness and support. It provides added torque and can remove screws faster and with less effort than any other types of corkscrews. The tabletop corkscrew is ideal for high-volume establishments like bars and restaurants.
The mechanism of this corkscrew is anchored on forcing air into the space between the wine bottle and the cork. The device pumps air and the pressure will force out the cork (high school Physics in action). This pressure pushes a sharp, thick long needle through the cork.
Here’s an instructional video that shows exactly how an air pump corkscrew works:
Continuous pull corkscrews work by using a twist motion to force the worm into the cork. Furthermore, the sides of a continuous pull corkscrew sit on the neck of the bottle. Other styles have hinges on the handles so you can squeeze them around the bottle's neck to get a tighter, more stable grip. Because of their small size and user-friendly design, these corkscrews are great for front-of-house use by servers and bartenders.
If you don’t mind being “futuristic” even for the simple chore of removing a cork, then electric corkscrews are the choice. It’s a simple push-button operation that makes it possible for anyone to open a bottle of wine. They’re great for opening bottles of wine and looking all cool and snazzy behind your home bar. But they’re not just for show — electric corkscrews are also helpful for people with arthritis or weak hands.
Below is the electric corkscrew in action:
Most alcohol lovers would agree that a great drinking experience starts with a seamless process of opening a bottle. You don’t want to get frustrated with figuring out how to use a corkscrew on what could otherwise be a relaxing moment with your favorite drink. Luckily, there are plenty of options on how to open a wine bottle and it just boils down to which is more suitable for your needs.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also check out the guide on How to Open A Wine Bottle Without A Corkscrew. Did you find this article helpful? Share it with your friends or leave your comments below.