Charles Curtis

Master of Wine

My advice is to keep your Durand handy when you want to make absolutely positive that the cork comes out clean.  For my 50th birthday, we had a serious line-up, and The Durand helped us open every one without an issue.  Spectacular performance, spectacular wines. The most venerable of them:  Saint-Julien 1920, Château Gruaud Larose, Saint-Julien 1924, Château Léoville-Las Cases, Pauillac 1924, Château Pontet Canet.

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.”

Mannie Berk

President, The Rare Wine Co.

The Durand corkscrew is the greatest discovery since the cork itself.

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)

John Hames

Executive Director, American Wine Society

At the American Wine Society National Conference Nov. 7-9, we had a vertical tasting of Faustino Gran Reserva Rioja back to 1964. The presenter brought his Durand and it opened the ’64, ’70, ’82 and ’00 Faustino’s without a single broken cork. The picture shows him holding the unbroken cork from the ’64 with The Durand nearby.  (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.”

David Hamburger

Director of Special Events, Acker Merrall & Condit

Thanks so much. BTW I can’t live without my Durand! Amazing tool.

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).

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