That fancy bottle opener can really make the uncorking of wines much easier. Some of these openers can even can double up as eye-catching decorative additions to the table. Pat Britton, owner of Le Vigne Wines, offers the following tip: bottles should be stored lying down, so that the wine keeps the cork moist. Pat adds that a dry cork lets air into the bottle, which affects the taste of the wine.

We ask four Singapore women to give these wine openers a try – here’s their feedback.

Wine opener: Alessi “Anna. G” from Live it up! Singapore

Wine openers (L-R): Alessi “Alessandro M.”, WMF Vino, WMF Korkenzieher and Alessi “Anna. G”

1. MOST ATTRACTIVE: ALESSI “ALESSANDRO M.”, $89.90 from LIVE IT UP!
VERDICT: 10/10.
Marketing executive Kimberly Campbell, 25, found the wine opener easy-to-use: “just pop it on the top of the bottle and twist away!” She says that she would get this “adorable” wine opener.

2. WMF Vino, $79 from Robinsons Centrepoint
VERDICT: 10/10. Functional and easy to use.
Broker Carollyn Goh, 36, says she’ll definitely buy this. The bottle opener screws into the cork effortlessly each time. She also describes it as being heavy and comfortable to handle.

3. WMF Korkenzieher, $79,from Robinsons Centrepoint
VERDICT: 10/10.
Marketing analyst Yvonne Chai, 33, declares her love for this bottle opener. She said that the opener feels good in her hand and is easy to screw in. She found opening wines an effortless task with this bottle opener.

4. ALESSI “ANNA. G”, $110.80 from LIVE IT UP!
VERDICT: 7/10.
Kimberly found the bottle opener “cute” but “not very user-friendly”. She says that the bottle opener’s “skirt” made it difficult to grip the opener and the bottle. 


Wine openers (L-R):
Suncraft wing corkscrew, Screwpull Classic GS-110, Metaltex bottle opener and the Screwpull Activ-ball GS-201. PHOTOGRAPHY: Darren Chang, STYLING: Kathleen Chan.

5. SUNCRAFT WING CORKSCREW, $20.90, FROM JOHN LITTLE MARINA SQUARE
VERDICT: 7/10.
Although Yvonne found it easy to screw the wine opener in, “a lot of strength is needed to pull the cork out of the bottle”.

6. SCREWPULL ACTIV-BALL GS-201, $79 FROM TANGS ORCHARD
VERDICT: 8/10.
It includes a foil cutter too. Receptionist Elizabeth Loh, 41, found this opener a “clever” invention. She said the opener extracted the cork easily; after a few turns of the handle, the opener’s small red ball pushed the cork out of the spiral.

7. METALTEX, $8.90, FROM JOHN LITTLE MARINA SQUARE
VERDICT: 7.5/10.
The budget-friendly option. Although the opener is easy to screw in, Carollyn said it took a bit of an effort to pull the cork out. She adds that the bottle opener’s price tag makes it a good deal.

8. SCREWPULL CLASSIC GS-110, $79 FROM TANGS ORCHARD
VERDICT: 7/10.
Elizabeth said that the opener “went into the cork smoothly” and she was able to pull it out “without a hitch”. The contoured handle on the opener also made it “most ergonomic”.

Pat Britton is the owner of Le Vigne Wines, a local wine importer and retailer at 38 Holland Grove Rd, (S) 278810; Tel: 6462 0053/ 6314 1597, email: le.vigne@pacific.net.sg.

John Little Marina Square is located at 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-238 Marina Square, (S)039594, Tel: 6212 9200.

LIVE IT UP! is a home and lifestyle concept store located at P123-24/29 of Parco Marina Bay; 9 Raffles Boulevard, #03-02 Millenia Walk, (S) 039596; Tel: 6338 3367.

Robinsons Centrepoint is located at 176 Orchard Road, #05-05, The Centrepoint, (S) 2338843; Tel: 6733 0888. Tangs Orchard is located at 310 Orchard Road, (S) 238864; Tel: 6737 5500.

All product and pricing information was correct at the time of the magazine’s publication. We advise readers to check with the store for the latest availability and pricing information.

This article was originally published in SimplyHer December 2010.