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Worked nicely until it broke after only about 15 bottles were opened. Seller replaced it with a new one. I'll see how that works
on April 1, 2014
UPDATE: 10/23/2014 - The seller has replaced my broken pressure opener with another. Taking it out of the box I immediately noticed that the needle was slightly bent. Nonetheless I have begun using the pressure opener. I will update my review again after using this for a while to see if it holds up better than the original one I got.
UPDATE: 9/30/2014 - Well the wine bottle opener bit the dust this evening. The handle pulled right off the bottom section as I was attempting to pump. I probably opened no more than 15 bottles of wine with this. It didn't feel like it would last long and I guess I was right. It worked well while it worked but unfortunately the seems to be lacking in this. I've had no choice but to downgrade my review significantly because of this. I'll leave my original review for posterity.
UPDATE: 4/13/2014 - Had my first bottle of wine that this had a difficult time getting the cork out of. The cork was in so solidly that it could not get enough pressure in the bottle to pop the cork out. I had to give it a little tug to assist. Probably not a good way to do it but...
I've seen a lot of ways to open a bottle of wine but this way is one of the coolest.
The Vinara Wine Bottle Opener uses a sharp, hollow needle to inject air into the unopened bottle of wine. The increased air pressure literally pushes the cork out of the bottle. It only takes about 3 or 4 pumps to get the cork out and it's so fast and easy to use, I think it might just be my favorite way to open wine now.
I think my video explains it better than words so just watch the video to see how it works. Basically you place the tip of the needle in the center of the cork and slowly press down and allow the plastic sleeve to go over the neck of the bottle as the needle is inserted. Once it's in you just pump a few times and the cork will magically pop right out of the bottle. You then slide the cork off the needle using the plastic disc that is attached to the bottle opener. Quite clever how this works.
It works best on real cork, but also works on synthetic corks. Not so well on solid plastic corks or corks with wax tops on them such as the cork used on Toasted Head Chardonnay.
But please be careful with this and keep it away from children. The needle is extremely sharp and could be quite dangerous in the wrong hands.
I was provided a sample for review.