Wine Word of the Week: Foil cutter

By Kori ~ June 26th, 2010.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is foil cutter.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
A foil cutter is a gadget for serving wine which helps cut the foil neatly just below the lip of the bottle with the advantages that this avoids unsightly and possibly dangerous torn metal edges, and that there is no likelihood of the wine’s being poured over a foil which might taint it. Some foil cutters are blades incorporated into corkscrews; others are separate prongs with small circular blades which cut the foil when rotated. Life without a foil cutter is quite feasible; living without one after being introduced to it is not.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
A foil cutter is a gadget that neatly and quickly cuts the foil or capsule just below the lip of the wine bottle.

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Reader's Comments

  1. Steve Howe | June 28th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I agree….it’s hard to live without a foil cutter. It’s a nifty gadget!

  2. Kori | July 6th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Yes, a nifty gadget indeed. Cheers!

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