December 10, 2019
This is my favorite wine opener.
I bought it for $2 at a thrift shop in Berkeley in 1974, and I’ve used it almost every day since.
It has no bells and no whistles: it just works. And it wasn’t even designed to open wine. It’s an antique beer opener.
If you’re looking for a really thoughtful gift for someone who likes wine (or artisanal beer brews with corks instead of caps), you could not do better than a vintage beer corkscrew. You can find them in many antique stores, rummage shops and the like. And there are dozens of online sources at wildly varying prices. Try this one – or this one.
And while you’re at, you might consider getting one for yourself.
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