I'm having a bit of trouble getting the corks out of this prosecco I bought. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and mostly, I break the cork and have to use a cork screw.

Any suggestions for a recalcitrant cork in a sparkler?
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Originally posted by irwin:
I'm having a bit of trouble getting the corks out of this prosecco I bought. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and mostly, I break the cork and have to use a cork screw.

Any suggestions for a recalcitrant cork in a sparkler?


Got a large and heavy kitchen knife? Wink
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Originally posted by wineismylife:
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Originally posted by irwin:
I'm having a bit of trouble getting the corks out of this prosecco I bought. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and mostly, I break the cork and have to use a cork screw.

Any suggestions for a recalcitrant cork in a sparkler?




Got a large and heavy kitchen knife? Wink


You mean sabre style? If I tried that, I'd do it outside so that the cork doesn't hit the ceiling and make a mark, or bounce around and hit me in the ........eye.
You have almost certainly already tried gripping the cork and turning the base of the bottle with your other hand.

If so try long handled plumbing pliers [the ones with a variable fulcrum] to grip the cork instead of your fingers - and turn the base.

Up the ante by having someone else turn the base with a kitchen towel twisted around it for extra leverage.

If that's what you have been doing and only succeeding in twisting the top of the cork off just cut to chase by cutting off the top and using a lever screwpull. Wink
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Originally posted by irwin:
I'm having a bit of trouble getting the corks out of this prosecco I bought. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and mostly, I break the cork and have to use a cork screw.

Any suggestions for a recalcitrant cork in a sparkler?


Amateur! Razz
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Originally posted by Nigel Groundwater:
You have almost certainly already tried gripping the cork and turning the base of the bottle with your other hand.

If so try long handled plumbing pliers [the ones with a variable fulcrum] to grip the cork instead of your fingers - and turn the base.

Up the ante by having someone else turn the base with a kitchen towel twisted around it for extra leverage.

If that's what you have been doing and only succeeding in twisting the top of the cork off just cut to chase by cutting off the top and using a lever screwpull. Wink


The last paragraph is what it's come down to. It just seems crude. Like putting a 1982 First Growth in the refrigerator.
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Originally posted by irwin:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
irwin, the bigger question is-why did you buy Prosecco?


I got a deal.
It's an everyday drinker.
It reminds us of Venice.
We use it to cook.
Only the dog drinks it.


I'm calling the ASPCA!
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Originally posted by irwin:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
irwin, the bigger question is-why did you buy Prosecco?


I got a deal.
It's an everyday drinker.
It reminds us of Venice.
We use it to cook.
Only the dog drinks it.

Only the first 3 of these ring true, particularly the Venice connection with which I have complete sympathy - particularly if you are drinking a good one like the Cartizze from Bisol or the Sorelle Bronca Particella 68 Big Grin

Based on his Venetian tours Board-O should also understand and even enjoy such deviant behaviour. Wink
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Originally posted by irwin:
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Originally posted by Nigel Groundwater:
If that's what you have been doing and only succeeding in twisting the top of the cork off just cut to chase by cutting off the top and using a lever screwpull. Wink


The last paragraph is what it's come down to. It just seems crude. Like putting a 1982 First Growth in the refrigerator.

Or in a blender in lieu of a decant Eek
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Originally posted by jburman82:
I saber alot of mine and have never had one explode. The key is to make sure the neck is VERY cold. I even hold the bottle upside down in a cup of ice water for 60 seconds or so just to make sure.


I think someone needs to show off their talent at the next offline. You bring the sabre, I'll bring the camera.
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Originally posted by vinole:
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Originally posted by jburman82:
I saber alot of mine and have never had one explode. The key is to make sure the neck is VERY cold. I even hold the bottle upside down in a cup of ice water for 60 seconds or so just to make sure.


I think someone needs to show off their talent at the next offline. You bring the sabre, I'll bring the camera.


Done deal but who is bringing the champagne?
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Originally posted by jburman82:
I saber alot of mine and have never had one explode. The key is to make sure the neck is VERY cold. I even hold the bottle upside down in a cup of ice water for 60 seconds or so just to make sure.

I don't think being cold has anything to do with your saber success; the glass isn't going to get any more brittle by sticking the neck in ice water.

Doing a cold bottle will, however, minimize waste because the gas stays in solution better.

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