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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    this was as smooth as a baby's bum; that is why we drank too much, it went down and was delicious
    Going to spill the beans?

    An Australian Shiraz/Syrah that kicked like a mule?...or a well mannered Burgundy that you enjoyed the hangover with a glass of champers?...

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    I got a waiters' friend.

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    ^ Did you win that too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    I got a waiters' friend.
    Disgusting . . . you're a married man


    Oh, my corkscrew - Cherry tree root - kept it after my parents died, so it must be about 30 years old as they bought it in the US when posted there.


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    there is no way we the PORTUGUESE would ever accept a wine bottle with a (screw you top) it messes the wine, period.
    we are the world largest producers of cock)cork i mean.

    so when opening my fine fortified wine i always use one of these,

    Sorry about me horrible speling

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    ^ that looks entirely impractical.

    As your economy depends on cork exports, I don't think you are qualified to comment on the cork v screw cap debate.

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    Plastic corks are the way forward. Cork corks are best of course but they rely on who ever handles the bottle before it reaches you showing amodicum of care and knowledge of wine handling. These days that is simply not the case. Therefore, a plastic cork is more dependable to get the job done with no negative results.
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    In my experience, plastic corks degrade quite readily, particularly if the wine is not properly stored, which is most of it.

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    well if you will buy that 17% cooking wine with corks made of chip packets....

    Plastic corks tend not to degrade as much as dry wood corks do, and will not taint the wine. but of course, it comes down to cost and you can get cheap plastic corks as well as the proper mccoy. Can not say I have ever seen a degraded plastic cork though. I'll have a google a second as this is interesting.
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    Nope - not found one article on degrading plastic corks at all, neither a picture also. I think Necron next time this happens to you you should do a case study on it as it will be a worlds first accoring to Google.

    It was worth while googling that though as I found this article on how to treat corked wine (as in real corked wine, and not just wine that people order, and do not like what they have order so think it is corked in their complete ignorance).

    Solution for Cork Taint (Corked Wine)

    In a glass pitcher, wad up roughly a square foot of Saran or other polyethylene plastic wrap. Pour the tainted wine over the plastic wrap in the pitcher. Gently swirl the wine in the pitcher for five or 10 minutes. The more pronounced the taint, the longer the wine should be exposed to the plastic wrap. For stubborn cases, repeat the plastic soak with a fresh wad of wrap.
    I can think of three occasions where this knowledge would have saved a few tears.
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    Now here's one with real character..

    I see fish. They are everywhere. They don't know they are fish.

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    ^ I knew that was coming as soon as I saw your name on last post

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    Yup _ I thought there would be something fishy about his post.

    One for the interns.
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99
    ^ that looks entirely impractical.

    As your economy depends on cork exports, I don't think you are qualified to comment on the cork v screw cap debate.
    Impractical, its used to open wine bottles, nothing else,
    it's class.

    the economy will fix it self, who cares,
    Sorry about me horrible speling

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    Quote Originally Posted by poorfalang
    Impractical, its used to open wine bottles, nothing else,
    it's class.
    It is impracticable to open wine bottles. Necron is seldom right about anything, and only trolled on into this thread to try and point score something. However, on this occasion he is right.

    Besides, you just googled Gun Corkscrew

    https://www.google.co.th/search?q=gu...un%20corkscrew

    and came up with that (first result) so how to you now if it is practicable or not? It's not as if it is yours?
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    I thought this BBC article was quite interesting:

    BBC News - Why the snobbery over corks?

    I have several white wines with screw-cap at home, including a very reasonable Muscadet and a couple of Reislings. However, all the reds have corks, probably so I can show off my corkscrew collection...

    Oh...I don't have any with a pointy end like that gun thingy either...all end with a little curl....

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    It's just about the theatre of opening the bottle and also a perception of value. Most people would feel slightly gutted to have spent 30 quid on a bottle of wine and then unscrew it. I on the other hand have thought on occasions that I had bought a screw top and been gutted that I then had to resort to punching the cork through with a screw driver or what ever was handy in the car on picnics.

    I think it would be a sad day when corks are done away with though. Another tradition defeated by health and safety I expect.
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    In Portuguese grocery stores swilling wine used to come in plastic carboys/jugs...most of the locals drank it and I think it was served as house wine in the bars I frequented..pretty good stuff methinks ..hey but I like cheap scotch and brandy too.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by crepitas
    In Portuguese grocery stores swilling wine used to come in plastic carboys/jugs...most of the locals drank it and I think it was served as house wine in the bars I frequented..pretty good stuff methinks ..hey but I like cheap scotch and brandy too.....

    when in France I would always take my jug to the big metal vat in the local shop and fill it up that way. Table wine -cheap and does the job, and usually better than the stuff they export.
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    the no fcuking around stainless device - you may pose with your frilly bits



    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99
    I just smash the neck off on a nearby handy hard edge.
    you treat your wine and women with the same panache ?

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    We used to quaff three litre 'casks' at uni . . . you'd take out the bladders and use them as cushions after you inflated them.

    Aaaah, our parents would have been proud

    Australians are nothing if not classy:











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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    I use this for the good stuff.


    This for the not so easy off screw tops.
    wow, at last,
    I love the upper one, it is brilliant when you have a partly damaged cork
    to deal with

    have looked for one for at least the last couple of years, just cannot find
    a shop that sports these

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    It's just about the theatre of opening the bottle and also a perception of value. Most people would feel slightly gutted to have spent 30 quid on a bottle of wine and then unscrew it. I on the other hand have thought on occasions that I had bought a screw top and been gutted that I then had to resort to punching the cork through with a screw driver or what ever was handy in the car on picnics.

    I think it would be a sad day when corks are done away with though. Another tradition defeated by health and safety I expect.
    not health and safety, but QA and over all cost saving

    screw caps are more costly than corks,
    still more and more wineries convert to screw caps,
    'cause;
    far less mishaps (air inlet resulting in damaged wine) with screw caps
    than with traditional corks

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    A little air will sometimes turn an OK vintage bottle of wine into a barn storming classic, lets not forget.
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    Quote Originally Posted by OckerRocker View Post
    We used to quaff three litre 'casks' at uni . . . you'd take out the bladders and use them as cushions after you inflated them.

    Aaaah, our parents would have been proud

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    Actually those bladders make excellent ice blocks for the esky.
    Fill them with water and they lie flat in the freezer waiting for when you need them to keep an esky full off beer cold all day.
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