Testimonials & Reviews

David Wainwright

International Fine Wine Advisor

When opening some of the world’s oldest and rarest wines, there is only one option, The Durand.  It is the single greatest wine opener on the planet, and I don’t leave home without it.

Eric Vogt

CEO, eProvenance, Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole
Maitre de la Commanderie de Bordeaux à Boston

I hate it when I try to open a mature bottle of Bordeaux and the cork crumbles and falls into the bottle.  If I use an Ah-So, two pronged opener, I often manage to push the entire cork into the bottle.  The Durand has saved me from this waste of fine wine, and embarrassment as a host.”

John Hames

Executive Director, American Wine Society

At the American Wine Society national conference that was held a few weeks ago, Peter Mondavi Jr. put on a library tasting of Charles Krug Vintage Select cabs going back to 1966.  I brought my Durand to use in opening all the old bottles and it performed flawlessly. (Picture in Gallery)

Shannon Noble

Rare Wine Dinners, Australia

We have been using The Durand at our Rare Wine Dinners and tastings in Australia for wines as old as 1907 and 1929. The Durand has now opened 100’s of rare museum wines for us with incredible accuracy and success. Now we are recommending this tool to all our customers and friends.”

Denny Zeitlin, MD

Kentfield, CA

I am a new Durand owner, and used it successfully to open a bottle of 1945 Ch. Mouton Rothschild the other night.  And at the end of the evening, it performed equally well on a bottle of 1925 Chambolle-Musigny from the Collection of Dr. Barolet.  Many thanks for creating such an excellent device. 

Peter Kao

Wine Buyer, Wine Exchange, Orange, CA

I was given a Durand last week as a wedding gift and now I am completely sold on its ability. In addition to numerous bottles of vintage Riojas, we also opened an ’85 Mazis-Chambertin and an ’81 La Ladonne with ease. The corks came out perfectly when they most likely would’ve cracked/crumbled with a regular waiter’s corkscrew (or shoved in with a regular ah-so).

Juergen Drawert

Cave du Connaisseur, Weinraritätenimport Jürgen Drawert

We have had great success with The Durand at our  November wine tasting, pulling corks from bottles like 1961 Musar, 1945 Palmer, 1923 Clos Fourtet, and many more.

Mark Henderson

Winemark, New Zealand

The Durand worked like a charm with one or two particularly saturated and tired looking corks being extracted without difficulty.

Antonio Galloni


The Durand is an absolute essential for anyone who enjoys opening and drinking older wines. The Durand is simply a must-have.

Wm. J. Wortman, Jr., M.D.

Vice Echanson des Etats-Unis Chaine des Rotisseurs and Societe Mondiale du Vin

We were in Atlanta last weekend and a number of the lucky recipients of Durands were discussing how well they work. I mentioned some old ’70’s vintage California wines, and even some ’82 Bordeaux that benefitted from using it. Couldn’t have done it without one.

Also, used it on a 1974 Phelps California Cab last week and it saved the day as well as the bottle.

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