The Rabbit and its ilk

mechanical corkscrew William Grimes laments the fact that wine geeks are so frequently the recipients of “unwanted gifts, of gizmos and gadgets,” especially this time of year. In his sites this time are mechanical corkscrews “a baroque solution to a problem that has baffled no one for the last five centuries.”

Indeed, while mechanical corkscrews may help people with limited mobility, you’re better advised to spend your money on wine and buy simple a Pulltaps (or decent stemware) instead!

“The Newfangled Corkscrew: It Comes With a Twist” [NYTimes.com]

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4 Responses to “The Rabbit and its ilk”


  1. Cheers to that! I would happily take a quality pulltap or a collections of cheap wine glasses over a complicated and over-thought corkscrew any day


  2. Last year a friend gave me a faux mink collar for a wine bottle. Somehow, my youngest cat got ahold of it. She seems to think that it’s her child and she runs around with it in her mouth making keening noises.


  3. I’ve received my fair share of useless wine gizmos but I received a present of an early version of the original Rabbit years ago and while I’ve had to replace the worm a couple of times, it has served me very well and it was the perfect gift since it is too expensive for me to justify buying for myself. If it breaks, though, it’ll likely end up in my letter to Santa.


  4. Thanks, Gabe!

    Robin, funny. I saw some faux fur bottle bags at Restoration Hardware the other day. At $15, they are probably worth more than many of the wines given as gifts in them!

    Richard – glad to hear that you have had a good experience with your Rabbit. With al the advertising they do (every week in the New Yorker!), I guess they must sell a lot of units!


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