In Vino Veritas
Testing Wine Openers (Twist Corkscrews)
For opening bottles of wine, we like to use a waiter’s corkscrew—it’s fast, neat, and requires little physical strength, at least when used correctly. The trouble is, using it correctly takes practice. Twist corkscrews are far less intimidating, in part because they promise to take some of the guesswork out of these steps. And less intimidating is good, since a recent study by consumer research group Mintel revealed that more than half of all legal wine drinkers in the United States describe themselves as “beginners,” regardless of age.
by Miye Bromberg
Wine coolers promise to keep already chilled wine cool and accessible throughout your dinner party or summer afternoon on the porch. Unlike ice buckets, which they resemble, these coolers are relatively compact and require no ice, making them less messy to use and less likely to overchill your wine. Some coolers have reusable cooling inserts that must be placed in the freezer overnight, while others can be placed directly in the freezer. The simplest models claim to need no freezer time at all to keep your bottle cold. We wanted to know whether any of these coolers deserved a place at our table.