The hunt around the house (or office) trying to find a corkscrew from yesteryear, The fear that courses through your veins as you try to remember the technique (it’s been a while, after all) and the horror if (or when) you see the cork crumble to pieces before it’s been properly evicted from the bottle.
Unfortunately, the popularity of screw caps these days means that uncorking a bottle is a bit of a lost art. With that in mind, in-house sommelier, Ben Moechtar, takes us on a trip down memory lane and gives us the three-step technique (plus a few sommelier tips on how to look extra fancy!)
Did you know that Australia played a huge role in the invention of the screwcap? The ‘threaded’ design of screwcaps that you’re used to opening up was actually commissioned by Aussie Peter Wall, then the Production Director at Yalumba, in 1964.
He asked the French business - Le Bouchage Mécanique - to design the product, which they called the ‘Stelvin’. From around 1973 a handful of other Australian wineries began trialling the modern screwcap, including Penfolds, McWilliam’s, Hardys, Brown Brothers, Seppelt and Tahbilk.