Why we recommend it: Such a Brilliant idea. A combination of an Ah-So and a Worm. If you're fortunate enough to drink old wine, you'll definitely want one of these.
The Durand™ Corkscrew: By far the best tool for removing old corks. It's a combination of an Ah-So and a worm. Between them, they work together to remove old corks intact. A brilliant idea by Mark Taylor and named to honor sommelier Yves Durand. Not cheap, but there isn't a better way to open the bottle you've been saving for decades. Of course no one bats a thousand - at least with this you have a can come close.
The Durand® is a fully patented, two part device that enables the user to successfully remove older and fragile wine corks whole and intact. The Durand® was invented by wine collector Mark Taylor who had struggled with challenging corks when opening older fine wines. He founded Wining Taylors, LLC (based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA) to manufacture and market The Durand® in 2007. The Durand® is named for Yves Durand, a world-renowned sommelier, and a personal friend and mentor.
Using The Durand® for older, fragile or compromised corks eliminates the unwanted outcomes of broken corks, corks pushed into bottles or corks partially removed leaving pieces floating in the wine. The Durand® removes the cork whole and contained.
Numerous wine lovers, collectors, and nationally and internationally known sommeliers have enjoyed The Durand®'s performance and appreciated its proven track record. The Durand® has been well received and reviewed in the national and international press, as well as in wine magazines, periodicals, and online media.
Instructions for use are printed on the inside of the reusable wrapper that encases the cork presentation box of The Durand®.
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