Ask Sid: Best corkscrew for older corks?

March 30th, 2016
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Ask Sid: Best corkscrew for older corks?

Question: I recently have been having some difficulty removing the corks intact when opening my older wines. Any tips for me Sid?

Answer: Switch to screwcaps? No I encounter the same issues. Used to be a big fan of the easy Screwpull type wine opener but having to go right through the bottom of the cork is not the best procedure for older more fragile ones. Also often like to use the handy double-hinged waiter’s corkscrew working it very slowly. However for older wines the Ah-So two pronged opener can work better though you have to be careful in inserting it not to push looser corks right into the wine. The safest bet for removing old corks with confidence and the one I now always use for old corks is The Durand ( The combination of both first a quality screw helix with stabilizer bar and then a two blade Ah-So style opener works marvellously! A wise investment for successfully removing your older corks.

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March 30th, 2016

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  1. Absolutely! The Durand is unparalleled for opening older bottles. Been using one The Durand for over two years now, and have only had one failure after several hundred attempts. I go straight to The Durand if the vintage in over 15 years, but it also works great if you started with some other opener and the cork starts to strip or to begin pushing the cork down, I have “rescued” the cork in all of those cases by being especially careful in screwing the screw helix (it doesn’t take but a very slight downward pressure at first) and once started, no downward pressure at all. After that, the Ah-So can be inserted and the cork is held in place by the screw helix.


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