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Cork Pops Legacy Wine Bottle Opener, Black
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- Comes with a cartridge that will open approximately 60 bottles of wine
- Does not affect the flavor of the wine
- Refill cartridges available
- Has a needle guard
- This item is not for sale in Catalina Island
|Special Shipping Information: This product may not be available for 1 or 2 day shipping due to federal regulations that require it to ship via ground ship methods only. This product can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states.
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Unfortunately it will not always work. Very tight-fitting corks, especially synthetics, will sometimes fail to be shifted by the pressure, and a regular corkscrew is needed. More irritating is a problem with long corks, where it is hard to get the nozzle right through the cork. If they had added 2-3mm length to the needle, this problem would not exist, which is very frustrating.
In summary, worth the money, but make sure you have a backup just in case.
Some here complain about the cartridges not lasting. Simply push the button for only a quarter-second, and let the pressure do the work. I suspect some may be holding the button down until the cork comes free, which is far more than you need.
Also, if you turn the bottle upside down for a couple seconds before inserting the needle, you'll leave some wine between the base of the cork and the bottle. This will seal the pressure better, and it will get forced up between cork and bottle by the pressure, acting as a lubricant. (More needed on white wine, which you might have set upright in the fridge to chill, for example.) Once I discovered this trick, almost every bottle opened easily.
Once armed with these tricks, you'll get a lot of good use out of this tool.
OK, now I've used it with two older wines (a 1986 Bordeaux and a 1989 Port blend). The only criticism I can make is that the cork is released with such force that some wine jumps out of the bottle when the cork is released. I am experimenting with wrapping the device in a paper towel to catch the wine that shoots out. Even though it's a small amount, it will land on your shirt, especially if you're having guests and wearing a nice shirt. With the long Bordeaux cork, the needle extended a few millimeters into the open space and was long enough to do the job. I don't know if there are longer corks than that one, but I will update if necessary.
As for removing the cork, the device splits in half, one part turns and screws down, moving the cork along with it. The cork can then be removed very easily from the needle. Often, I don't read instructions, so this was probably mentioned and is no fault of the Cork Pops device.
Update. After several more uses, with older Bordeaux wines, I can say there is no product that solves the problem of crumbling corks better than this one. Again, the trick is to be rather forceful. Once the needle is all the way in, depress the button, ride the device up with the pressure on the cork, and remove it in one motion. I now wrap the whole thing in a paper towel, which catches the little bit of wine that jumps out of the bottle during the process. Another benefit is that you can leave the bottle upright, keeping the sediment at the bottom where it belongs.
But when they arrived, we found out the restrictions. Here is the Warning label on the wine opener package:
Warning: Contents under pressure. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN. Do not store above 120 degrees F. DO NOT USE on 1.5 liter bottles, Champagne, Sparkling or odd shaped bottles, including square, rectangular, mixed, i.e. square to rounded. Misuse could cause fracture. A flawed bottle could rupture. Developed solely for use on standard 750ml bottles. If sprayed in eyes or on skin flush with warm water. If irritation occurs, see physician. Use only as directed. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal. Contains R-134A. When cartridge is used up and there is no more pressure, pull out and replace with a new cartridge.
Big problem. We specifically wanted the opener to make it easier for my wife to open the large clunky 1.5 liter bottles. So we thought, no problem, we'll just return it. And then we discovered the other restriction: because both the opener (with its included cartridge) and the refill cartridges have compressed gas, you CAN'T RETURN THEM TO AMAZON!
Thank goodness for Amazon! We contacted Amazon through their Chat line, we were referred to the Large Items Department (which seemed odd), and the latter promptly refunded the amount of our order. We were told to keep the items, give them away, or dispose of them safely. So Amazon bailed us out from a restriction that the manufacturer or the seller neglected to point out.
If the restrictions don't bother you, this looks like a great product, from what we saw at the party. But if you have anything other than a standard 750ml bottle, too bad for you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This wine opener only worked correctly a few times. The few times it did work correctly, it was great; however, most of the time once the needle was inserted and the top was... Read morePublished 3 days ago by waww
Worked great the first time we used it. We have had some issues when opening other wine bottles which, I think, are due to the needle going all the way through the cork. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
The cutter does not function very well. Doesn't fit over the bottle properly.Published 19 days ago by Joe Berson
Much better than the original but still can't do the cheap reconstituted corks (difficult) or synthetic corks (doesn't work at all). Don't throw away your corkscrew.Published 21 days ago by Orerockon
It is ok. the two handle you use to get the seal of the bottle off break down so every 6 to 8 months... got used to this .. this is my third one - for the mentioned reason...Published 22 days ago by maho computers