The Baby Boomer Guide To Tools For Wine
Tools For Wine Guide
With increase in popularity of wine, has grown a side business in the sale of tools for wine. There are many accessories that accompany the use of wine, some necessary, you just are not getting into a corked bottle without a corkscrew, and some pretentious. What ever the case, there are many, many items to be covered in this guide.
Because of the extensive nature of wine accessories, it is my intention to create a Guide that will attempt to display as many wine tools as I can identify. I will try to remove bias towards what I would use.
In many cases, company names may be evident. I am leaning more towards the type of accessory, rather than the brand.
Surprisingly, most sommeliers chose their wine tools on the basis of practicality, even though they are often identified as being a snob. After opening a couple thousand bottles, you are going to use the tool that gets the job done best, with a minimum of effort. The sommelier has other more important things on which to focus.
On occasion I may use an infographic that is already created. It will be my intention to ensure that the creator will be identified. I am grateful to all who use their talents to create infographics.
This guide will be organic in nature, and will have additions as I discover them.
There is also a section for gadgets and quirky, trendy items that come across my path.
Things to Consider When Buying Wine Accessories
- The cost. Cost is almost always a factor when purchasing a wine tool. You will find that the tools can have a wide range of costs, even for a the same item. The cost will depend on the item itself, but also how it is made, and if it is branded.
- Style. Often a tool can have a functional purpose, yet the style can vary.
Wine Bottle Openers
A corkscrew is a tool for drawing corks from wine bottles. It was invented for use
of cork removal, prior to the advent of screw caps and crown corks.
The traditional form of corkscrew is a fundamentally simple but brilliant tool. It consists of a pointed metal helix or worm, attached to a handle, which the user screws into the cork in the bottle and then pulls to extract.
Corkscrews are necessary because the cork is small and smooth, and difficult to grip with the bar hand, in an attempt to remove, particularly when inserted into an inflexible glass bottle.
It is unknown exactly who invented the corkscrew, but the explanation of how the corkscrew came into existence is that someone copied a device that was used to remove bullets that were stuck in a rifle. However, Samuel Henshall of England, established the first known patent that is dated 1795. This is no surprise as the English were the first to seal their bottles, which allowed folks to store wine, rather than consume it immediately.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Sealing bottles resulted in the need for an apparatus that will remove the cork without destroying the bottle. This allowed the people to reuse their bottles. The first recyclers!
A trustworthy tool, the corkscrew is inexpensive and portable, but it does require a great deal of hand and arm strength.
Commonly called the waiters’ corkscrew, it is also known as the wine key corkscrew, or waiters’ key, and is the simplest most basic way to remove a cork from a bottle of wine. The waiters’ corkscrew was first patented by Carl Wienke in 1882. It has changed very little over its lifespan. It is the first choice of most sommeliers and bar tenders.
This compact model folds up like a pocket knife. It requires some skill to master opening a bottle with this tool, but if pulled straight up, it works great. It is required that the worm is placed in the centre of the cork to ensure that it comes out without crumbling.
Once this skill is mastered, it becomes quite easy to use the waiter’ corkscrew.
It requires far less arm strength than the traditional screw-pull style corkscrew.
Because it is so compact, it is ideal for people with limited space.
A Waiters’ Corkscrew will have the following parts:
- a knife edge, usually serrated, the foil cutter
- a worm, or the part identifies as the “corkscrew”
- the handle is hinged, one end has a support which rests on the lip of the bottle
The waiters’ corkscrew can be inexpensive, but be careful not to get one that is too cheap, as it may break. Though it is affordable, the prices can range with type of material it is made from, branding and where you buy it.
For a demonstration on how to use this tool, was the following video:
This is likely the most popular type of wine opener. It is easy to use. The “wings” or levers and the support that goes on the top of the bottle, allows the user to pay little attention to any angle that is required for the worm.
Simply put the support ring on top of the bottle and start turning the worm into the cork.
As you turn, the “wings” will continue to rise until the are at the top.
At this point, the worm is embedded far enough into the cork, to begin to pull it out.
The beauty of this tool is that there is no pulling!
Next, force both wings down simultaneously, and the cork rises as the wings go down.
It is less portable than the others.
It may not work well on some champagne or aged wine bottles.
It is affordable.
Automatic and Electric Corkscrew
this type of corkscrew will run on replaceable batteries or built in batteries that are charged on a base. With this type of corkscrew the work is done for you.
All you have to do is place the opener evenly on top of the bottle, and turn it on. You will need to hold it in place while it is doing its’ job.
These openers come in a variety of appearances, but they operate on the same principle.
These are a little more costly, but they are ideal for people with limited mobility and or strength.
They are extremely easy to use and they open the bottle fast.
They are often deferred to for a gift.
Tools for wine