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  • Professional-quality wine opener
  • Removes corks quickly and easily
  • Nickel-plated zinc alloy
  • Easy-grip handles
  • Includes extra corkscrew, stand and foil cutter
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  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0006ABVK2
  • Item model number: 90050
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
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The next best thing to an in-house sommelier, this professional-quality wine opener offers the same impressive performance and stylish design as corkscrews that cost far more. Made from durable, nickel-plated, zinc alloy with easy-grip, ergonomic handles, it uses metal gears to extract corks in seconds. The entire process requires minimal effort, and best of all, there are never bits of mangled cork floating around in the bottle afterwards. This MIU France wine opener comes with an extra corkscrew, an attractive presentation stand, and a foil cutter to prepare bottles for opening. Hand washing recommended. Item #90050

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The next best thing to an in-house sommelier, this professional-quality wine opener offers the same impressive performance and stylish design as corkscrews that cost far more. Made from durable, nickel-plated, zinc alloy with easy-grip, ergonomic handles, it uses metal gears to extract corks in seconds. The entire process requires minimal effort, and best of all, there are never bits of mangled cork floating around in the bottle afterwards. This MIU France wine opener comes with an extra corkscrew, an attractive presentation stand, and a foil cutter to prepare bottles for opening. This product is dishwasher-safe, and has a lifetime warranty.

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It broke after 3 months of use.
Sandi S
It's worth the money to spend a few extra dollars to get a reputable corkscrew.
omgsrsly
This opener is extremely well made and works well.
Ronal B. Snider

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By BoosterP on August 30, 2006
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I am a disabled vet with one good hand, this opener can not be easier to use. A simple squeeze of the handle, depress the lever, and your wine is un-corked. Do the same in reverse while holding the cork and you have the cork intacted for re-corking. We love it!
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Ronal B. Snider on August 9, 2005
This opener is extremely well made and works well. I have broken many lesser models and am very happy with finding this gem. I would highly recommend.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By LB on June 5, 2005
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Opening wine was never so easy. Cut the foil, grasp the bottle, pump the lever, and you're done. Easy to use, even for a klutz like me.
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81 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Jack A. Skeels on August 5, 2007
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I'm not sure what the other reviewers are smoking, but this is one very poorly-made opener. Mine came apart after opening three bottles of wine.

I have an engineering degree, and I have owned about 5 of this style (Screwpull) of opener over the last 20 years of wine drinking -- this is my first Miu. In my opinion, this is a very poorly made opener. The manufacturing/assembly tolerances are very sloppy and the action of the opener is not smooth.

My opener failed because the cap the contains the top of the screw came off, stripping the threads. I examined the threads and they are poorly formed -- and poorly designed, with the "thread coverage" of only about 1.5 and a very loose tolerance. Think of screwing your garden hose-end onto a sprayer, but only doing 1.5 turns and you get a sense of the looseness that I mean.

The opener as a whole has the same sloppy tolerances and while it may look good from a distance (or in a small picture on Amazon's website), once you really *look* at it close up, it looks cheap and poorly made. Even the black "chassis" only looks like high-quality carbon-fiber (or whatever it is that the top models use) but in reality is somewhat soft plastic that you can bend pretty easily.

If you're at all doubting this review, please go to a good wine shop and just handle a couple different brands, paying attention to how "tight" and "smooth" the operation (action) of the various models is. The sloppier the action, the more force you need to exert to open a bottle and the more wear and tear you place on the parts. Check it out.

I don't write many reviews, but this was just such a sad product and I would feel bad if people bought this and never got to know how great this style of opener can be.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William K. Frank on February 28, 2007
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When it's not broken, it works just fine. I spent too much time fixing this opener. I'm sticking with a tried and true Screwpull S1115-31 Pocket Corkscrew, Black for now on.

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This unit works very well, though there are some disappointing aspects that a first-time user should be aware of.

First, cycle the unit through its FULL range in order to lock the guide bushing in its lower position. This lower position is where the guide bushing needs to be for cork extraction AND cork removal. To get to the lower position you need to cycle the unit into a detent position, which will be at the end of the "free" motion range - simply add a bit more force to your cycle, and the unit falls into this critical detent.

Second, check the spring pin that is installed in the guide bushing's cross-hole; this pin needs to be inserted fully through the guide bushing AND the bushing housing (look for pin ends at both sides of the housing - mine came half installed, but the bent pin did look intentional at first glance). If your pin is not installed correctly, return the unit for an exchange, or drive the pin into its proper location if the pin is straight enough to do so.

And, third: LIGHTLY lubricate your screw with PAM, mineral oil (you do have mineral oil to treat your wood cutting boards, don't you?), or some other cooking oil; just wet a paper towel with the lube, run it down the spiral, then wipe it to a thin coating - match this lube with the factory Teflon coat, and you'll have a cork pulling spiral that will outlast your neighbor's un-lubricated unit.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Johnny the K. on May 12, 2006
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Since I began drinking wine, the biggest problem was the effort spent on getting the cork out of the bottle. With most cork screws, unless you drill it in so far as to go through the cork, and in the process getting little bits of cork in your wine, the cork will not come out of the bottle without a little extra twisting and pulling which, when drinking red wine, could have a negative effect of your clothing if spilled. Looking around in some specialty stores for "the best" wine opener, I came across one in "Williams & Sonoma" which cost $129.00. There was no way in the world I was going to pay that kind of money for a wine opener. I spotted the MIU France Zinc Alloy Wine Opener on Amazon.com which looked similar in principal to the one I had seen in the store and decided to order one. This is the best twenty dollars I ever spent. Matter of fact, I have purchased three more since then. Two as gifts and one for a sister-in-law who asked me to order one for her husband for Fathers day after she saw it in action. It is so easy to operate, my 9yr old could open a bottle of wine with it. There is no pamplet in the box giving instructions on how to use it but they give you step by step pictures on the outside of the box to show you. Included inside is a foil cutter (which I just found out how to use) and extra screws in case one breaks. It works with synthetic corks as well.

So Easy:

Just clamp the two handles around the bottle, pull the lever forward - which drills the screw in, pull the lever back, and the cork comes right out with NO addition twisting and pulling. To get the cork off the screw, repeat the process.

I highly recommend this wine opener!
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