Menu & Norm Architects and Design Studio's
Waiters Corkscrew + Vacuum Pump + Stopper
To pump or not to pump? When it comes to young vintages (five years and under), once the cork is popped and the wine within is exposed to oxygen, itís all a matter of time. Wine is decanted to initially benefit flavor by softening tannins and allowing for the bouquet to develop. But what happens if only a healthful glass or two are consumed? The ongoing contact with air even when wine remains in the bottle doesnít do it any favorsóas you might have discovered a day or two later when itís gone to vinegar. Refrigeration helps in preservation. But to extend its drinkability for another day, pumping out the air helps stave degradation.
This vacuum pump-corkscrew-stopper trio by Copenhagen architectural and design firm Norm improves on these oenophile essentials. Besides the simple silhouette of each item, they are skinned in rubber for a better grip. The corkscrew has a knife to easily remove bottle foil, as well as a stable spiral corkscrew and lever. Suck out air from bottles with the vacuum pump and then quickly close it off with wine stopper, more practical than the cork. Norm is also behind the innovative Wine Breather and CoolBreathers aerators, also created for fellow Danish brand Menu. Suffice it to say, these guys have spent much time considering the best way to ready wine for our enjoyment. Great gift!
Corkscrew: 5.5" x 1" x .75" (4" wide extended)
Vacuum Pump: 5" x 2" (7" tall extended)
Stoppers: 1.75" x 1.5"