As the Wine Director for American Express’s Centurion Lounges, I fly all over the country to check on wine service at our seven lounges (and soon to be more) at LGA, MIA, LAS, SFO, DFW, IAH and SEA. That means I give a lot of corkscrews to the TSA. In my defense, it’s not so much on the way heading into the airports but on my way back home, usually after a few glasses of wine—which is research, of course! When I recently surrendered a slick, black-handled model to a sympathetic TSA officer in Miami (it was a gift from legendary Rhône winemaker Michel Chapoutier), I quipped, “At least it’s not my $300 Laguiole.” The agent squinted at me like I had two heads. Then the guy behind me said, “Who needs a $300 corkscrew?”
You know what? That’s actually a great question, so here’s the answer.
- The Greatest, Cheapest Corkscrew Ever
- 7 Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew
- Why You Should Be Serving Wine from a Decanter
In short, you probably don’t need a $300 corkscrew, but anyone who opens the number of bottles I do—sometimes dozens, when conducting a tasting—certainly might. And I have decades of experience trying out every kind, from picnic-perfect cheap-o versions (the kind that look like a tiny plastic mallet, where the sleeve that pulls off the curly part and slides through the head to form a ‘T’ shape) to wing-handled twirly gizmos, to battery-operated types that look like nothing so much as a weird kind of sex toy. They’re all very different from each other, and they all share one common trait: They suck.