Today, Sayle wants to know how to excavate delicate corks from older bottles as well as come to the rescue of stubborn corks that decide to split in half while opening. Jerks!
Q: I had a wonderful but older bottle of wine that a friend brought the other night. I am not sure the bottle had been kept on its side the whole time it was stored because when I went to open it, half of the cork broke off and was still in the bottle. When this happens, when you split a cork, do you have some super-Whit-awesome way of getting the cork out without losing one little drop of vino? Thanks! – Sayle, NYC
A: This questions has two answers. In regards to older bottles with corks that might crumble in the face of an average corkscrew- get ye an Ah So cork puller. Also spelled Ah-So and sometimes referred to as a “Butler’s Friend.” Your follow-up question might be, “Why would you call this thing an Ah So?” Good question. I have no idea. Ah, so I can use this thing to open wine? Ah, So. Let’s drink! Who knows. What I DO know is that it works and everyone should have one on hand. Just in case! If you need visuals of how it’s done, check out this heavily bejeweled man open a bottle of 1986 Ridge with an Ah So.
The part two of this answer covers rescuing a broken cork from the neck of any bottle without pushing it into the wine. I will refer you to this post I wrote last year. Try not to sweat as much as I did.