Until recently I never found a wine opener I liked. For years I used a waiter-style opener, but always had trouble getting the cork out in one piece. I then switched to a rabbit-style corkscrew. But that was too much pressure. Guests expected a flawless display of cork extraction when I emerged from my kitchen with this yuppie device in hand. But then a family member introduced me to wall-mounted corkscrews.
This device isn't for the dainty or shy. Used by restaurants and bars in Europe, wall-mounted corkscrews resemble beer taps with their long wooden handles and sturdy metal shafts. To extract a cork, you simply slide the neck of the bottle into a receptacle at the end of the device that locks the bottle in place. You then press down the lever and pull up. The cork slides out of the bottle with ease every time.