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VTtoMAtoCAfoodie Dec 13, 2008 02:55 PM

My husband is in the wine industry and he wants a really nice "wine key" for Christmas. I've looked on wineenthusiast.com, surlatable.com, etc.. and have not been able to find one. Is there another name for this thing? What I'm talking about is something like a corkscrew except it was two bars that jut out of the bottom of it and kind of "hug" the cork while you take it out of the bottle instead of piercing it like a corkscrew does. He already has one that is very simple, so I'm looking for something kind of fancy. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. wolfe RE: VTtoMAtoCAfoodie Dec 13, 2008 03:20 PM

    This was the fanciest I could find. Try cork puller search.
    http://www.rosehillwinecellars.com/3rsV2/productdetails.php?id=283
    http://www.epinions.com/content_62676...

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      maria lorraine RE: wolfe Dec 13, 2008 08:44 PM

      Hiya Wolfe and foodie,

      I think you mean an Ah-So Wine puller.

      Simple. They're cheap ($5), but they can be fancy.

      http://www.wineintro.com/products/corkscrews/ahso.html
      http://cookshoppl.cart.net.au/details...

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      zin1953 RE: VTtoMAtoCAfoodie Dec 14, 2008 07:07 AM

      I spent 35 years in the wine trade, and I have NO idea exactly what he means by "Wine Key."

      "Church key" is old slang for a beer can opener -- you know those things that could open a beer bottle on one end, or a beer can on the other (before pull-tops) . . . then, there is a "Champagne Key" -- see http://www.winex.com/wine-15752-.aspx for an example -- which some people use who are generally afraid to open bottles of sparkling wines . . . but I have NO idea what he means by "wine key."

      Sorry . . .

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        maria lorraine RE: zin1953 Dec 14, 2008 01:47 PM

        I came across quite a few retail listings for "wine key." Apparently the word "key" is often used as a word for opener. (Seems logical.) And when you look at the first pic below of a "wine key" from my first link above (in this case, an Ah-so), it does resemble a key, an uncut key like that you'd find at a hardware store. "Church key" originally referred to the opener for beer bottles (2nd pic), which resembled the large keys to unlock ornate church doors (and surely there must've been some sarcasm involved). That term was then also applied to the device (3rd pic) that punches the triangular hole in the metal beer can.

        More here:
        http://just-for-openers.org/Church-Ke...

         
         
         
      2. carswell RE: VTtoMAtoCAfoodie Dec 14, 2008 07:25 AM

        As Maria says, the two-pronged opener you describe sounds like an Ah-So.

        The opener many geeks refer to as a waiter's friend is sometimes called a wine key. For example, see http://www.akitchen.com/store/2032.html

        I have a vague memory of seeing a product called the Wine Key several years back, quite possibly a scam magnetic wine ager/enhancer along the lines of the Wine Clip. But thankfully that's not what you're looking for.

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          VTtoMAtoCAfoodie RE: VTtoMAtoCAfoodie Dec 14, 2008 01:08 PM

          Thanks everyone for the info and the links! Ah so wine puller is exactly what I'm looking for. Perhaps my husband made up the term wine key. He's a pretty creative person :)

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            shinyblackpit RE: VTtoMAtoCAfoodie Nov 9, 2009 12:11 PM

            Servers at restaurants I have worked at have always called them wine keys -- this kind
            http://www.akitchen.com/store/media/2...

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              invinotheresverde RE: shinyblackpit Nov 10, 2009 08:13 AM

              Agreed. Everyone I know calls them wine keys.

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                Bill Hunt RE: shinyblackpit Nov 13, 2009 07:10 PM

                Based on the OP's description:
                "What I'm talking about is something like a corkscrew except it was two bars that jut out of the bottom of it and kind of "hug" the cork while you take it out of the bottle instead of piercing it like a corkscrew does", I'd say that they mean an Ah-so/Ahso, and not a "waiter's friend," as shown in the link.

                Maybe I am missing something though. If so, ignore my comments.

                Hunt

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                Bill Hunt RE: VTtoMAtoCAfoodie Nov 13, 2009 07:11 PM

                Oops, did not see this reply, until I had posted. This will teach me to not go out of town, and to read every post, prior to replying.

                In the end, glad that you found what you sought!

                Hunt

              3. Bill Hunt RE: VTtoMAtoCAfoodie Nov 13, 2009 07:08 PM

                From your description, Ahso, or Ah-so would be my take. Not sure who makes the best, but I have several, and keep one in each suitcase. They all have, IIRC, a bottle-cap tool on the handle.

                Hunt

                PS - they work well for old corks, weak corks and also for large diameter corks. It takes a bit of a rocking motion to insert them, but they work well, especially with the above mentioned cases.

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                  wolfe RE: Bill Hunt Nov 14, 2009 06:50 AM

                  I don't care what they say ,I love your Maui posts.
                  "He already has one that is very simple, so I'm looking for something kind of fancy. Any insight would be greatly appreciated."
                  http://www.rosehillwinecellars.com/3r...

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                    Bill Hunt RE: wolfe Nov 14, 2009 06:39 PM

                    Now that is the nicest Ah-so/Ahso, that I have seen. It does lack some of the de-capping treatments on the handle, but still lovely.

                    In my feeble mind, this just what the OP is looking for.

                    Now, if I go with one of these, it will be for the home, and not for any of our travel wine-accessories, as I do not want to lose something like this to TSA!

                    Thank you for the kind words, and also for the link to the "ultimate Ah-so!"

                    Hunt

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