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Dec 27, 2012 10:38 AM

cork retriever?

I want to buy one of those gadgets that pulls a cork out of a wine bottle after it has been pushed in. Online they're as cheap as $4 but with shipping total price is over $16. Has anyone seen them locally?

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  1. Im surprised Bevmo doesnt have one

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    1. re: smatbrat

      None listed among the wine accessories on

    2. Have you ever used one? Honestly, once the cork is out of the neck, it expands and getting one from a wine bottle is near impossible because it has to go back through the neck...

      But I've seen them at Ace Hardware even though I think they are pretty useless for corks except to get the last olive from the bottom of a tall jar...

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      1. re: CarrieWas218

        I've used the old-fashioned kind that's just one wire with a hook at the end. Doesn't always work but when it does it saves a lot of trouble.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Are you looking for the old school kinda? that looks like a pincher? Or Post what you found online. Im SURE we can find one here

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            "saves a lot of trouble"

            I'd have to guess that it takes more time to retrieve a cork than it does to pour around the cork and whatever implement you use to hold cork out of neck.

            1. re: FrankJBN

              Yesterday I ended up splashing red wine all over and had to change my shirt.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Interesting. when I take my daily stroll thru the ferry building I can take a look at the wine shop. or Sur le table?

          2. re: CarrieWas218

            Before the cork retriever was invented a very adept server used a loop on a string stretch knot to save the cork from a bottle.

            He manuevered the cork into the loop with a bar straw. Very patient work. He could do it in a minute after practising. Me? Never.

            1. re: stanbee

              I've won a lot of bets using the simple string method you just outlined......The string was always obtained from the linen service wrapped around the napkins....I never used a bar straw though, always the bar spoon.

              1. re: stanbee

                At a long ago Christmas party, one of my college professors who was Italian first demonstrated this and then got everyone at the party to do it. All 20 of us.

                I imagine there's a UTube video that demonstrates how to do it.