By Kori ~ June 28th, 2011.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is waiterâ€™s friend.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
In 1882, Karl Wienke of Rostock, Mecklenburg [Germany] conceived of using a knife-like handle as a lever [for a corkscrew]. Known affectionately as the waiterâ€™s friend, it is still the essential tool of a sommelier worldwide. The development of an articulated lever makes this model even easier to use as the cork is extracted in two stages, keeping it more upright and less likely to break.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
The waiterâ€™s friend is a very versatile wine bottle opener that looks like a pocketknife. Itâ€™s what you see the waiter use to open a bottle at your table, thus the name. While different versions are offered at a wide range of prices, it is generally an inexpensive opener. It is easy to use, very portable, and is available in single and double-hinged versions. The double-hinged waiterâ€™s friend is my wine bottle opener of choice.
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