Rabbit’s Automatic Electric Corkscrew: If you’re yanking corks enough to get a case of sommelier’s elbow, the wine industry’s gadgetry leader, Metrokane, now offers just the salve you need: their brand new if rather blandly named “Rabbit Automatic Electric Corkscrew,” which is so easy to use that there’s not even a single button to push.
Simply pop the sleek (comes in black, silver, or red!) and rechargeable (about 30 bottles per plug in!) cylinder atop your bottle-to-be — which you will have already de-foiled with the included cutter — and allow the corkscrew do its magic, drawing the cork up and then, without any additional action on your part, spitting it out.
Like its push-button electro-screw cousins, the Rabbit’s grinding gears are a bit jarring to the ears, the sensors do occasionally fire off when brushing up against material-other-than-bottle, and definitely don’t leave it anywhere near your kids. But if you embrace the $50 device, you can kiss that somm’s elbow goodbye.
UPDATE: This device worked well for about a week, with roughly 40 bottles opened (I review wines as a freelance job), but then got stuck on one cork that it could not eject. That essentially made the contraption unusable, and my attempts to fix it manually were in vain. I am back to somm’s elbow.