by Vickie Kline
I am a sucker for wine gadgets. In my kitchen there exists a plethora of corkscrews and openers, foil cutters, aerators, wine charms and bottle accessories. Some are very useful while others were simply a waste of money, but fun just the same. The one item that gets the most use and is essential is the opener. Yes, a simple corkscrew would do, but there are so many other choices. Let's investigate the different types of wine bottle openers.
First, there is the standard metal winged corkscrew. It's not fancy, not expensive and always does the job.
Second in line is probably the pronged cork puller. This gadget has two flat metal prongs with one being a bit longer than the other. The prongs are inserted between the bottle and outer edge of the cork, then one proceeds to rock back and forth or twist the puller to remove the cork. Don't bother. These are hard to use and rarely work well.
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