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Get a grip
Which type of corkscrew is best?  Its all in how it feels.

By AMY SIEWERT

 

A corkscrew is like a golf club ó it needs to have the right feel when you pick it up. Thatís an important fact when purchasing one, according to Stephanie Metz, who owns Vino 100 in Grafton, along with her husband, David. "Pick one that you feel comfortable using," she says.

And donít hesistate to take it for a test drive. Metz suggests going to a store where the staff will demomstrate how the corkscrew operates and let you try out the device before purchasing it.

What makes a good corkscrew?

Metz suggests always purchasing one with a foil cutter built in and something that is more durable and will last a long time. Also, make sure the corkscrewís levers move freely and donít stick, itís easy to use and suits your price range.

Rendall V. Thomas, owner of Wine Style in Brookfield, says, "Try to get one that has some kind of double lever or double hinge."

If you have a problem with the cork breaking while still in the bottle, donít immediately blame it on bad wine.

"Just because the cork is dry does not mean the wine is bad," says Thomas. "The telling factor is if there is a bad smell or if the cork is moist."

There is also a proper technique for each kind of corkscrew. Take the time to learn how to properly use your device before you open the first bottle.

There are six to eight common styles of corkscrews. We asked Metz and Thomas to select four styles that are easy to use.

Waiterís Tool, $7

Itís a metal, pocket-sized tool with a built-in knife to cut the foil. The device folds out into a two-step lever.

"The two-step makes it easier to use and prevents you from tugging the bottle and breaking the cork," says Metz.

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Allvin Wine Tool, $26

Itís a versatile opener for different styles of bottles.

"You can use it on your wine bottle with a cork or one with a screw-off cap," says Thomas. "Itís a more glamorous presentation and also more practical."

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The Rabbit, $48

Two gripping handles attach to the bottleís neck. A top lever punches the corkscrew into the cork with one motion and pulls out the cork with a second motion.

"Some people think itís easier to use. Itís a little more stylish and fun. The presentation is neat and impressive," according to Metz. "They are a lot larger, though, and require a lot more storage space."

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Wine Key, $20

This corkscrew is a balanced, double lever variety that screws into the cork and twists out using the double lever.

"It takes pressure off your hands so an average person can use it easier," Thomas says.

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