I have found it eternally frustrating that I am hopeless at getting the cork out of a bottle of bubbly. I just don’t have the knack of gripping the bottle firmly in one hand and easing out the cork with the other, getting that oh-so-professional slight hiss as the gas is released, then pouring the wine steadily into the glass.
After years of struggling, corks hitting the ceiling and the precious bubbly spilling over everywhere, I now have the answer. It was a Christmas present from a friend (who obviously knows me too well) and, unbelievably, it works !!
You simply hold the bottle down on the worktop, push the tube down onto the cork, twist the bottle and hey presto – the cork shoots out and is caught in the tube and the bubbly stays in the bottle !!
So now I can open a bottle all by myself, without having to pass it over to Nick or anyone else !! A problem solved. Marvellous !!