For the Lazy Wino
Now, my husband and I consume a fair amount of wine. I pretty much have a glass of wine each night after the kids go to bed because (a) I like wine; (b) I like wine; and (c) I like wine. Oh, and did I mention that I like wine?
Over the years, we’ve had a number of different contraptions that open wine bottles. All sufficient. For awhile, we were avid supporters of the Cork Pops (see here) but started to get frustrated because it often let us down when there was a synthetic cork in the mix.
Then, a couple of years ago, my mom got us one of these Oster Electric Wine Bottle Openers (link here) for Christmas. At first, we were skeptical. It seemed too good to be true (an electric wine opener?!?!? no muscle required?!?!). And we anticipated that we’d have problems with synthetic corks similar to what we encountered with the Cork Pops. But, you know what? A couple of years later, and countless (I really mean COUNTLESS) bottles of wine, we’ve never had a problem.
You put it over the top of the wine bottle, you lightly push a button (no brawn or brute force needed), and the corkscrew comes down and twists itself into the cork, and then pulls the cork out of the bottle. You push the (same) button a different way and it spits the cork back out so you can inspect it (if you’re one of “those people”) or just toss it (if you think “those people” are a bit pretentious). Amazingly simple and awesomely efficient.
And it comes with its very own little foil cutter, too. Bonus!
It doesn’t take up much counter space, although it does have to be near an outlet since it needs to be plugged in (being ELECTRIC and all, duh). I kinda wish the base had a little secret open storage area underneath, like some small appliances do, where you could fold away the excess cord. But you can’t win ‘em all, right? I just try to fold it up nicely behind the wine opener to keep it out of the way since I’m not a fan of cords all over my counters.
Anyway, for any aspiring lazy winos (current winos aspiring to be lazy, as well as those inidividuals aspiring from the outset to be both lazy and wino-esque), this is an awesome little gadget. Definitely one of our favorites.
(I’m linking up to Centsational Girl)