|From left: hinged cork screw, Ah So cork pull, and wine screen|
When it comes to serving older wines, I have a different set of tools. To ensure the complete, secure removal of the cork, I prefer the Ah So cork puller, with its two parallel slats that you wedge between the cork and the side of the bottle. Once fully inserted, you twist the cork, loosening it, before attempting to list it out of the bottle. Often an older cork will lock in place as crystals and sediment form against its interior surface. Twisting the cork breaks this lock. The next most important tool is a fine screen for filtering the wine. Sediment accumulates in older wines and is unsightly and unpleasant on the palette. These fine screens are ideally suited to capture nearly all of the sediment in any bottle and rinse clean easily. Often, in restaurants, the last ounce or two of wine is not poured from an older wine to avoid transferring sediment into the glass, and the screen is a way to enjoy every last drop of your wine.