Probably the least known type of wine opener, and yet it is my personal favourite. It was invented in France and did not spread across the globe that much. I love it for being very compact and ideal to open old wine bottles with brittle corks.
It is one of the most popular wine openers because they require much less force than a traditional straight corkscrew.
As you might have guessed, it is one of the most popular amongst waiters. Most favour it due to its compact size and reliability. Not everyone knows, but it has a nice feature to make wine opening much easier (I marked it with an arrow on the list).
If you happen to have Pulltap’s corkscrew then you can utilise the staged lever to help you pull the cork all the way out in the two-stage process. If you just have a normal waiter's corkscrew, then, once the cork gets stuck halfway through, you can just pull it with your fingers.
Avoid: not going deep enough into the cork - this might result in cork breaking and part of it still remaining in the bottleneck.
Do not let the look intimidate you. This wine opener is very easy to use and requires very little force when opening the bottle.
To make it easier to understand how to use different wine openers I also made a video covering all main wine opener types. If you don’t feel at ease, just practise it by yourself once or twice before opening bottles in big parties. I also hope that the video will give you an idea what type of corkscrew would you personally prefer, should you be looking to decide which one to get.
Enjoy your wine!
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