The Durand Corkscrew

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What is the Durand Corkscrew?

The ultimate corkscrew for mature wine, the Durand helix and blades will ensure the safe and swift removal of fragile corks in mature and premium bottles of wine. The proper use of the Durand will prevent fragile corks from crumbling or snapping ensuring that your wine is not compromised by cork remnants. The Durand corkscrew makes the ideal gift for wine lovers.

"The Durand is an absolute essential for anyone who enjoys opening and drinking older wines. The Durand is simply a must-have." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

Who invented the Durand Corkscrew?

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.

    In the world of wine enthusiasts, the ritual of opening a bottle is as sacred as the elixir itself. Enter the Durand Corkscrew, a revolutionary tool that has captured the attention and admiration of connoisseurs around the globe. In this blog post, we delve into the intricate details and benefits that make the Durand Corkscrew a must-have for anyone serious about their wine experience.

    Why choose the Durand corkscrew?

    1. Dual-Function Brilliance

    At the heart of the Durand Corkscrew's brilliance lies its dual-function design. Unlike traditional corkscrews that may struggle with aged or delicate corks, the Durand combines a standard screw with the Ah-So (two-pronged) system. This dual functionality ensures a seamless extraction process, even with the most stubborn and fragile corks, allowing you to open older bottles with confidence and grace.

    2. Gentle Extraction for Aged Wines

    Opening a bottle of vintage wine can be a nerve-wracking experience. The Durand's Ah-So prongs delicately slide between the cork and the neck of the bottle, cradling the cork as it comes out. This gentle extraction minimizes the risk of cork breakage, ensuring that every precious drop of that aged Bordeaux or Burgundy remains intact.

    3. Versatility for All Cork Types

    Whether you're dealing with a synthetic cork, a fragile antique cork, or a modern natural cork, the Durand is designed to handle them all. Its versatility makes it a go-to tool for wine collectors who often encounter a diverse range of corks in their cherished bottles.

    4. Confidence in Preservation

    Preserving the integrity of aged wines is a mission for many enthusiasts, and the Durand Corkscrew plays a crucial role in this endeavor. By providing a reliable and gentle method of cork removal, it helps maintain the airtight seal of the bottle, preventing premature oxidation and ensuring that each sip is as the winemaker intended.

    5. Aesthetically Pleasing Craftsmanship

    Beyond its functional prowess, the Durand Corkscrew is a work of art in itself. Crafted with precision and attention to detail, it boasts a sleek and elegant design that enhances the overall wine opening experience. From the ergonomic handle to the polished metal accents, every element of the Durand reflects a commitment to both form and function.

    6. The Perfect Gift for Wine Aficionados

    As a gift, the Durand Corkscrew speaks volumes. Whether for a seasoned sommelier or an aspiring wine enthusiast, this corkscrew is a symbol of appreciation for the finer things in life. Its luxurious presentation and thoughtful design make it a memorable and cherished gift for any occasion.

    How quickly can this corkscrew be delivered?

    Delivery is via UPS and customers can select Express or Standard delivery at check-out.

    Are there any import fees on the Durand?

    CoolerSomm is a British company shipping from our Wandsworth, London store, meaning all taxes and duties originating on this US product have already been paid by us, the price you see on our website is the total price you pay. We offer shipping via UPS with tracked delivery updates to your phone and email.

    How do I use The Durand corkscrew?

    Click this link for the official video of how to use The Durand.

    1. Screw HELIX into center of cork until STABILIZER BAR rests against top of cork (or bottle). 
    2. With BLADES on either side of STABILIZER BAR, insert first the “long” then “short” BLADE between the cork and bottle. 
    3. Work the BLADES down between the cork and bottle by pressing down alternately over each BLADE using the HANDLE. Continue this “rocking” motion until the bottom of the HANDLE rests against the top of the STABILIZER BAR. 
    4. Hold the bottle securely. With the other hand grasp the STABILIZER BAR and HANDLE together and twist, then pull upward slowly continuing to twist to remove the cork. 

    Even with the stability and support offered by the Durand, the very oldest and more fragile corks may benefit from a little added care. Use your fingers on the cork near the neck of the bottle to help ‘nurse’ the cork during the later stages of removal.

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