And relax…

Had a bit of a learning experience this evening. We’d had a bottle of wine on the side for months. I must have brought it in for some occasion, but we didn’t get around to drinking it.

For one, I used to be a wine buff, although I don’t drink much now. For two, we went on our honeymoon to the Corbières region of southern France (if you know your French geography, the Carcasonne area). On our honeymoon, we drank wine from the Chateau Grand Moulin (a moulin is a mill). Okay, in the grand scheme of things, there are more prestigious wines than from the Corbières region, but this wine was delicious. It was a red which my wife actually liked – she didn’t normally drink reds.

We enjoyed the area immensely, and a couple of year later we holidayed again in the region, for a full two weeks. I made a point of seeking out the chateau, met the patron, and we bought a case to bring home. Mixed – reds, whites, rosés. Over the years, we have chipped away at this wine, we’ve holidayed in other areas such as Bourgogne and Bordeaux, so have collected many wines, directly from the producers, over the years. But I must’ve brought a bottle of a 2002 rosé from the Grand Moulin into the house at some point to drink. Which never happened.

I finally got tired of looking at this bottle, so started chilling it a few days ago, and determined to start it, at least, with my evening meal this evening.

I’d never given it any thought before, but how the **** does someone open a bottle of wine, one-handed?

I dug out an old corkscrew:

but no, I could screw it in, but didn’t have a hope of pulling it out again. So, how was I going to have my glass of wine, since currently I am home alone?

After a bit of head scratching, I decided to root through another drawer, and after an exhaustive search, found a different type of corkscrew:

I still can’t operate it one-handed, but a hand and a chin does the job nicely.

Ah…delicious. But, the hoops I must jump through. Still, must be time for another glass…

Author: Stroke Survivor UK

Formerly, designed and developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged pre-50! I have returned to developing from home, but some of my time is also spent volunteering with the UK charities Age UK (www.ageuk.org.uk) and the [UK] Stroke Association (www.stroke.org.uk).

9 thoughts on “And relax…”

  1. In my very much younger days we pushed the cork in the bottle when out of a corkscrew. But that doesn’t go with the wine and the lovely memories of course. Good that you have managed to open it, enjoy and santé!

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        1. I thought of a corkscrew we had when I was a child. It was two “screws”. One to screw the metal bit into the cork, the second to *unscrew* it all from the bottle. That would have been ideal, but they are very uncommon now. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Corkscrew-Wooden-Double-Twist-Action-Copex-Carved-Thistle-/163901559466?_trksid=p2385738.m4383.l4275.c10
          Then I came across these electric things. My electric can opener is brilliant!

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          1. Ah I know the old ones but never operated it. Now I get it. I would be so helpless with one hand. Keep us posted on the gadgets if you will, that sounds so fun to see what is out there.

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  2. Okay, chalk up another problem solved. Followin on from this initial moan – well, it is a moan, effectively – I dis look to see what help was available. Which, of course, I should have done *before* I posted. I found a whole host of gadgets available for exactly this task. I purchased an Ozeri Nouveaux wine opener from eBay, for about GBP15, USD20?, EUR20? Better than when I used both hands, it even cut through the foil for me!

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