Who needs a corkscrew? Pump that wine cork out!

Wouldn’t a screwcap be easier to use than paying for a gizmo to pump the wine cork out of the bottle?

Regular visitors know the Wine Curmudgeon’s long-running and Quixotic quest to convince the wine business that screwcaps can help save wine from itself. If we eliminate the wine cork, we make it easier to open the bottle. So won’t more people drink wine?

Which, of course, is advice that has been consistently ignored. And, as I always note, advice that aggravates blog visitors to such an extent that several always cancel their email when I write about this.

Nevertheless, I keep going. The wine cork is problem enough, but what may be worse is the other foolishness it has engendered. See the video for something called the Airly, which pumps the cork out of the bottle: “Gone are the days of broken corks, broken cork screws, floating cork bits in your wine, and for a lot of us…the pain of opening a bottle of wine!”

Pain, indeed.

To me, the pain comes when someone invents yet another gadget of limited value when the solution to the cork problem is simple: screwcaps. Twist and open. Twist and open. Twist and open. And no tools or expense required – just like craft beer and spirits.

The Airly, not surprisingly, apparently didn’t last much past the year-old video. I couldn’t find it for sale. But – and also not surprisingly – Amazon sells at least four similar products. Two of them have one-star ratings of about 20 percent; given’s Amazon’s reputation for inflated scoring, that should speak to how well the things work.

So cancel if you feel you must, but know that as long as wine corks and gizmos like the Airly exist, I’ll keep tilting at the windmill. Would you expect any less?

Video courtesy of GearDate via YouTube using a Creative Commons license

More about wine corks and screwcaps:
Corks: The most dangerous wine closure in the world
It’s not the quality of the wine – it’s the sound of the cork popping
Chehalem, pinot noir, and screwcaps

4 thoughts on “Who needs a corkscrew? Pump that wine cork out!

  • By ac - Reply

    Airly, the Cue Cat of wine openers…

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      For those of you who weren’t in Dallas at the start of the Information Age, the city’s only daily newspaper invested in a scanning thingie called the CueCat which was supposed to usher in what Forbes called “the world of Internet-enhanced publishing.” It was a tremendous flop (see this Time piece calling it one of the worst inventions of all time). Those of us who were in Dallas then still giggle about it.

  • By Diane - Reply

    On sale now for$7, which includes postage. https://www.librarything.com/more/store/cuecat

  • By Roy Zimmermann - Reply

    The air pump wine bottle opener ACTUALLY WORKS, at least the one I bought for $7. Usually opens a bottle with 4-8 pumps, after you remove the top of the foil. Only slightly leaky corks or extra long cork thwart the pump opener. Generally use it instead of a batwing corkscrew.

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