After four years of intense research, a twist-off wine cork has finally been invented by the folks over at cork manufacturer Amorim and bottle-maker O-I. The invention is a long time coming and something every lush can relate to. You know what I’m talking about: That moment when you’re about to open a wine bottle and it dawns on you that there isn’t a corkscrew in sight; the awful realization sinks in and you desperately attempt to uncork it with a kitchen knife. This never works by the way, unless you want your precious vino filled with icky cork debris.
The Helix cork offers an answer to these unfortunate predicaments by eliminating the need for a corkscrew. The product features a cork with a revolutionary threaded finish, coupled with a matching threaded bottle neck, that allows drinkers to both open and reseal the bottle with ease. Once resealed, the Helix creates an airtight barrier that protects the wine’s delicate flavors. The bottles will retail around $8 to $15, aiming for the “popular premium” market.
Erik Bouts, O-I Europe president, assures that after extensive testing of wine stored in Helix bottles, there was no alteration to the taste, aroma or color of the wine after 26 months.
There’s just one catch: It will probably be another two years before we see this product hit shelves and change our lives forever. Until then, we’ll be over here searching the office for that ever-elusive corkscrew.