Wine Wednesday – Yes, I am twelve years old (Another Wine Gadget)

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My ability to open a bottle of champagne on my wedding day notwithstanding, I am terrified of champagne corks. This fear has been the subject of many tweets, a blog post, and one in-person reading at Blog Out Loud. I have even tried to find Champagne gadgets that might remove the problem.

It was with little hope of success then, that I approached The Final Touch Champagne Bottle Opener, a gift from my Twitter friend, @PrincessDoubt (she hung on to it for me for a year, randomly carrying it around with her in the hopes of a successfuly delivery. That is true kindness!). I had never seen this particular gadget in any store and so I’m grateful for friends looking out for me. An internet search revealed its availably online from such sites as Amazon.

It’s a plastic gadget, with simple instructions attached and  a very phallic look (there really is no other way to say it). The instructions for use make it even more suggestive: hold the bottle and gadget at a 45 degree angle, wrap one hand firmly around the neck, twist the head and…. pop!

Twist slowly with one hand, hold tight with the other

Hang on tight (expulsion is sudden)


Successful expulsion

If you can get past giggling like a twelve years old as you handle it, this gadget does contain the cork’s explosive force as it is ejected from the bottle; safely capturing the projective in its cap.

It does not, however, remove my fear nor contain my “squeak” as the cork pops. More therapy is clearly required.

Enjoying the fruits of my…labour

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Although trained as a sommelier, I pay my bills working as an IT consultant. I love what I do for a living and keep wine as my hobby. As it looks bad if you only drink, I have occasionally been known to eat as well. Growing up on four different continents, I love to cook and appreciate the cuisines of the world. But wine is my passion. With a well-stocked cellar, I am always on the hunt for new wines and love hearing from people about their latest find or interesting pairing. My approach to wine: Drink what you like. Wine reviews need not be stuffy. Numerical ratings are meaningless. If it tastes good, drink it! If you don’t like it, then it’s not the wine for you.