The How’s & Why’s Of Replacing Your Corkscrew Worm

The How’s & Why’s Of Replacing Your Corkscrew Worm


After a certain amount of usage, sometimes corkscrews will not remove the cork as easily as they once did. Sometimes it can be a function of the corkscrew itself, especially the electric version after several years of operation. But many corkscrews have a worm that can be replaced, as that can wear out over time.

Once that new worm is installed in the corkscrew (typically the lever style) your corkscrew should work as good as new. If you replaced the worm and it still has a hard time removing the cork than it may be another part that needs replacement.

This handy video covers the basics of corkscrews, and helps you learn how to properly use them. Once you are done watching, follow the link below to see the many types of corkscrews available at Wine Enthusiast.

From his first sips of wicker basket Chianti at his grandfather’s dinner table to a 1986 Premier Cru Gevrey-Chambertin, Tilden knew that there was something magical about wine. He earned his Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. Having been with Wine Enthusiast catalog since 2005, when he is not writing about wine he also runs the wine storage division and is head of W.E.’s in-house education program.