Cork Lifter - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

4-28-2004

Cork Lifter

Cork Lifter
By: Amy Jacquin

Opening a bottle of wine can be aggravating.  But maybe not if you use the $10 Cork Lifter. It promises simple and effortless cork removal.

Opening a bottle of wine is second nature to Keller Ford of River Ridge Winery in Commerce, but he's never tried the $10 Cork Lifter. And, as with any new gadget, it takes a couple of minutes to get used to it.  Keller struggles with the foil cutter for a few seconds, before he figures out you have to slightly push it open in order to get it to fit over the rim. Then the cutter works well.

You have to remove the cap, in order to insert the air cartridge. The Cork Lifer uses compressed air to help you lift the cork out of the bottle. One cartridge removes about 30 corks... Replacements are free, BUT you have to pay $5 shipping and handling.

Keller reads directions while Amy Jacquin tests the Cork Lifter on the first bottle of wine. "Without touching the canister end, use both hands to push the Cork Lifter unit down over the top of your bottle," Keller reads. "Place one hand around the bottom of the wine bottle. Place the other hand around the Cork Lifter and quickly, light and gentle, press the cap on the top of the unit. Without effort, the Cork Lifter unit will pop off the bottle as the cork is removed. Wow!"

Keller tries bottle number two. This time the foil come right off. And he follows directions carefully. "It works," Keller nods his head. "But there was a little spillage with this one. I guess I pushed too much air into the bottle." He opens a third and fourth bottle of River Ridge wine, with pretty consistent results. It does take a little time to get used to exactly how much air to add to remove the cork, without causing the wine to bubble out. And directions strictly warn to not use the Cork Lifter on plastic corks or champagne. "This ring is kind of hard to press down and remove the cork," adds Keller. "But it's not that bad."

It works, and we can see where it may help an older person, or someone with arthritis in their hands.  However, we do question how long the plastic gadget will hold-up. After our four bottles, the needle was already a little off-center. So overall, the $10 Cork Lifter tops out at a B.

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