(Closed) Wine Connoisseur's… questions for you!

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Post # 2
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Kacie209:  We have had our Houdini corkscrew for quite some time and love it. I wouldn’t trade it for an electric opener but others might feel differently. To me, opening a wine bottle is a cool, hands on thing and I don’t like the idea of the electric opener. As far as a wine sealer v. wine preserver. We don’t have either, but we don’t have a need for either – we always finish the bottle, so these just aren’t necessary items for us. 

Post # 3
8694 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i have the rabbit and love it.

Post # 4
5975 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Kacie209:  We just have a plain, old manual corkscrew thingy. 10 bucks. No preserver. What’s that?? I lived in wine country and any of the restaurants you go to just use the one with 2 prong looking things. I think there’s some overkill so people can make money on ya with the fancy gadgets. Neither red nor white can sit around forever once you open it if that’s what a preserver is supposed to do, preserve. Just drink it.

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Post # 5
1717 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I have a bunch of those little waiter-style wine openers, and they work just fine!  They’re nice to have on hand while traveling.  I can even throw it in my purse when heading to a party or something.  For that reason, I wouldn’t use an electric one.  

I’ve never used a preserver or sealer.  I try not to open a bottle unless I think it will be drank within a couple days.

Post # 6
3731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Kacie209:  We have only manual openers. I would love to try a fancier one or even a battery operated gadget some time. Instead of preservers and what not, how about just some tasting corks. They are cheap and stop up a bottle of wine wonderfully.

I had a vacuum preserver in the past and didn’t feel like it did any good. The tasting corks are where it’s at for me.

Post # 9
6113 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


Kacie209:  We got a Rabbit electric opener and a Vinturi aerator for our wedding and we love them both so much!! I also love my Corkcicles. I don’t have any advice as far as the sealer vs preserver though.

Post # 11
3585 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

I know nothing about sealers or preservers, but I’ve had the Rabbit and loved it. Red Head Kel’s opener is one I have, too.

I don’t do electronic openers of any kind, ,but my friend has one and loves it.

Post # 12
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Fiance and I use pain old waiter style wine keys. They’re small, cheap, and portable. The only time they’re difficult to use is if you’re opening a really old bottle and the cork is fragile. We sometimes use a simple hand pump preserver, but we usually finish our wine.

One thing I do recommend spending money on is a good decanter. They help your wine air out and are great for serving.

Post # 14
2512 posts
Sugar bee

Kacie209:  I love my manual houdini opener. Those electric ones are cool, but I hear they stop working after a while. As for the preserver and the sealer, I don’t know much about the differences but I do know I don’t keep wine around long enough to preserve it so a sealer should do just fine.

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