I’m not usually a product reviewer but, hey, I’m trying new areas of writing, right? Right. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
I ordered the Houdini 5-Piece Wine gift set from Woot.com (A site that get most of my paychecks and has supplied me most of my wardrobe since 2008). I saw the gift set up a month or two ago and regretted not buying one, so I trolled the site for a while waiting for another chance. Sure enough, earlier this week it was up on their site and I bought one without hesitating.
Yesterday I was out shopping and I got an alert that the gift set would arrive the next day so I bought a nice big bottle of Barefoot Pinot Noir to test it out on. The next day after work I came home and ripped open the package to find my 5 piece set.
- Houdini wine opener
- A replacement corkscrew
- Foil cutter
- Wine Shower
- Bottle sealer
I plopped myself down to test the set out while Hoppie was cooing dinner. Everything was pretty easy to use although I was a bit upset there were no instructions. I mean, I’m a smart lady but I’m also weary of breaking things. Because I do that. Frequently. Luckily YouTube exists and I got a general idea of what was going on.
The cork remover itself is pretty simple to use and very swift. I was a bit clumsy with it but I blame that not on design but on user. But once I was situated it was a simple push down, then pull up. Badabing, open! I believe the words I shouted were, “Holy crap!” when the cork came out in seconds.
You have to understand, I usually look like a monkey when I open up wine bottles. I am sitting on the floor with my feet holding the bottle steady while I use my $2 corkscrew to break into my wine. (Have any of you tried using a corkscrew on a Swiss Army Knife to open wine? I have twice. Both times sucked and I mostly drank the wine to spite my knife.)
So this new thing is magic to me. Barely any work AND I can open it without looking like a caveman? Sign. Me. Up.
The foil remover worked really well, although I am not so sure I’ll use it all the time. I’ll probably forget I have it most times. I’m used to just ripping it off with my hands or something pointy. (And if you can’t already tell, I drink wine but it’s not because I’m classy. I just looove the taste.)
Perfect cut. Perfect picture.
I love the wine shower. I could kind of taste the difference, but mostly I just enjoyed watching it pour. Just be careful. As I learned, if you are too busy watching the shower you might over pour the top. The shower pours at a slower pace than your bottle pours. It’s easy to watch to shower and let it spill over the top of the device. Or you could just pour slower, but where’s the fun in that?
It took me a moment but I figured out how the bottle sealer works. You place it over the mouth of the bottle and twist until it seals. Kinda bulky looking but it may be better than cramming the cork back in. I can’t really say if it works at sealing in the freshness/flavor or not at the moment. I’m not going to wait a week to review this stuff. Let’s be honest, I’ll forget.
Sealed for flavor! (I hope.)
So basically, I really like it. The only negative is no instructions. I’m a wino, not a problem solver.
I would highly recommend one! I think I may make my own video about using it because the ones that exist now are really crappy.
I am going back to my wine. If you have any questions, let me know. Also, any advice on my reviewing would be handy. Maybe next time I won’t review something I loved so thoroughly. Seems boring.