It's time I invested in a decent device for uncorking wine. Despite my otherwise gadget-packed kitchen, I have never managed to obtain a corkscrew that doesn't have some kind of major flaw. That flaw is usually poor quality, as I've broken more pot-metal corkcrews over the years than I would like to admit.
I do have one of those nifty wine openers that blasts CO2 through a hollow needle to force the cork out. It works great for real corks, but it's hit-or-miss for the synthetic ones. Because my favorite cheap wine comes with a synthetic cork, I really need a more reliable uncorking method.
So I'm going to throw this out to all of you. Tell me what brand of wine opener you use, include a link if you can, and tell me why it's so great. Keep in mind that I'm a cheapskate at heart, but would be willing to invest a reasonable amount for something that I can expect to last and function perfectly for many years. Also, I'd prefer to stay away from any device that's so complicated that I can't figure it out just by looking at it, but I'll take your word for it if you can convince me otherwise.
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