The Durand - for vintage cork removal
About The Durand
The Durand® is a fully patented, two part device that enables the user to successfully remove older and fragile wine corks whole and intact. The Durand was invented by wine collector Mark Taylor who had struggled with challenging corks when opening older fine wines. He founded Wining Taylors, LLC (based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA) to manufacture and market The Durand in 2007. The Durand is named for Yves Durand, a world-renowned sommelier, and a personal friend and mentor.
Using The Durand for older, fragile or compromised corks eliminates the unwanted outcomes of broken corks, corks pushed into bottles or corks partially removed leaving pieces floating in the wine. The Durand removes the cork whole and contained.
Numerous wine lovers, collectors, and nationally and internationally known sommeliers have enjoyed The Durand’s performance and appreciated its proven track record. The Durand has been well received and reviewed in the national and international press, as well as in wine magazines, periodicals, and online media.
Instructions for use are printed on the inside of the reusable wrapper that encases the cork presentation box of The Durand.
1. Screw HELIX into center of cork until STABILIZER BAR rests against top of cork (or bottle). Watch the video for Step 1.
2. With BLADES on either side of STABILIZER BAR, insert first the “long” then “short” BLADE between the cork and bottle. Watch the video for Step 2.
3. Work the BLADES down between the cork and bottle by pressing down alternately over each BLADE using the HANDLE. Continue this “rocking” motion until the bottom of the HANDLE rests against the top of the STABILIZER BAR. Watch the video for Step 3.
4. Hold the bottle securely. With the other hand grasp the STABILIZER BAR and HANDLE together and twist, then pull upward slowly continuing to twist to remove the cork. Watch the video for Step 4.
Even with the stability and support offered by the Durand, the very oldest and more fragile corks may benefit from a little added care. Use your fingers on the cork near the neck of the bottle to help ‘nurse’ the cork during the later stages of removal.
Precautions & Disclaimers
The Durand is intended to remove only older, fragile corks from bottles with an inside neck opening of approximately 3/4 inch. DO NOT USE on corks in bottles with an inside neck diameter of less than 3/4 inch. DO NOT USE on non-cork bottle stoppers.
The cork container supplied with The Durand contains small magnets that could present a choking hazard to small children.
Keep The Durand and the cork container out of the reach of children.
Although The Durand has proven to be effective in removing old, fragile corks, Wining Taylors, LLC makes no guarantee that it will be useful or effective in removing every bottle cork.