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Old 08-04-2014, 06:04 PM   #21
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Next time buy wine with the twist off metal cap. Proven (shock - horror) actually better than corked anyway. They are taking on.
Am I the only one that has screwed a bottle opener through the plastic twist off cap?

That's harder to get apart than a cork!
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:26 PM   #22
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You've never driven a sheet metal screw into the cork and then used pliers to pull it out?
Never heard that one before, but it is now firmly in the auxilliary tool kit! (Solution before was to break the neck and run the wine through an old t-shirt.)
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:36 PM   #23
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Just take a screwdriver and push the cork into the bottle - then use the screwdriver to hold the cork out of the neck while pouring (so it won't block the flow of wine). Trust me, this works - learned from experience
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:36 PM   #24
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Never heard that one before, but it is now firmly in the auxilliary tool kit! (Solution before was to break the neck and run the wine through an old t-shirt.)
And they say you can't learn anything on a boating forum!

I probably came up with that one many years ago. If you can't pull the cork out directly you can wedge the pliers against the top of the bottle. Just picture a corkscrew in your mind. Now picture it next to a sheet metal screw (#12 or so).
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:32 PM   #25
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In the vast majority of cases it doesn't. But if the bottle was stored improperly and the cork gets mold on it that can contaminate the wine. It's my understanding it can be more of a concern with certain whites.
A "corked" wine is one where the cork is infected usually before it is used, (simple research says it is something called TCA), the off taste goes into the wine. Cork as such is ok, though old corks can fail.There is debate in Australia about whether to bottle Penfolds Grange under cork or metal cap, reportedly because of uncertainty about cap life over the long years a Grange can live, but I gather also because of market perceptions.
Grange costs about $600 a bottle, other high end wines like Henschke Hill of Grace are getting up there too. Some markets think a cap means cheap wine, but that is not necessarily so. A cap seal eliminates the risk of corked bottles which can average one bottle in a box of 12. I prefer buying wine with caps than corks, it is now the norm here, though for exports that may vary.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:41 PM   #26
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I would think some of those fancy impeller removal tools I have seen posted here cold be utilized with some slight modification...for the price some fetch...cork adapters should come standard...
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Try a good box wine. No corkscrew needed and plenty of wine to share with friends!
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:54 PM   #28
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Try a good box wine. No corkscrew needed and plenty of wine to share with friends!
Kinda goes hand in hand with the theme of the thread....

figure things out when they go wrong or head them off at the pass....

My go to counter top box wine is the Fanzia Merlot in the 5 liter box...
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