I am really not all that big on mechanical openers. I prefer the tried and true sommelier knife opener. However, with the proliferation of plastic corks, opening a bottle of wine at the table has become much more of a chore. I even broke one of my favorite openers last time I tried to uncork a Syrah with a synthetic cork. The new Professional Cordless Wine Opener leaves my sommelier knife and me in the dust when it comes to those pesky corks. After using the included foil cutter, simply place the lightweight opener atop your bottle. Press the "down" arrow to insert the corkscrew and remove the cork. It is that easy. You'll be sipping you Sancerre in no time at all.
Removing the cork from the opener, is just as simple. Press the "up" arrow and the corkscrew turns and releases the cork. When not in use, the opener rests in the base to charge. A full charge can remove up to 80 corks, so not only is it good for your daily libations at home, it's also great for parties and for use in restaurants. The opener works just as well on natural corks too. I'll probably stick with my sommelier's knife for the natural corks, but when confronted with the synthetic variety, I'll definitely pull out the Pro.
Waring Pro Professional Cordless Wine Opener, $40; waringpro.com
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