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Corkscrew Case Study – The Power of Branded Wine Keys

/ Arthur Morgan

Blackwood Lane Winery recently approached us with a unique corkscrew project. Having just released their Magnum Opus wine – The President – an epic 1.5L Magnum Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec blend priced at CAD $880, they were looking for a packaging solution that reflected both the value of the wine and incorporated a custom laser engrave corkscrew with their "Blackwood Lane" logo. Our solution: A California Designed and Produced Pinewood Gift Box, coated in a Black Lacquer finish (to reflect the brands black/dark themes), containing a secret corkscrew compartment. The initial sketch looked like this:...


What Makes Pulltap's Corkscrews So Great?

/ Arthur Morgan

They’re From Spain! First of all, they’re Spanish. Pulltap’s corkscrews originated in Spain, a country that knows a thing or two about wine production (see Rioja Gran Reserva). When Pulltap’s corkscrews came onto the scene they were an immediate hit. Available in a variety of colors, durable, easily logo customizable, and lightweight and functional, the Pulltap’s have since evolved into the wine industry standard for a go-to wine key. But beware of knock offs! With wine-n-gear we only import authentic Pulltap’s. Pulltap’s corkscrews should last 2-3 years under heavy use, not break over the course of a few weeks or...


3 Reasons Coutale Sommelier Corkscrews Are The Industry's Best Wine Key

/ Arthur Morgan

1. They’re The Original Spring-Loaded Double Lever Corkscrew. See the “Patented” metal embossing on the hinge? That’s because Coutale Sommelier French corkscrews, designed by French Vintner Philippe Bernede, are the original patented spring-loaded double lever corkscrew. But what does that mean? Double-hinge corkscrews came to popularity with Pulltap’s and early Coutale Sommelier models. Unlike the prevailing single-lever waiter’s corkscrews of the time, double-hinge corkscrews allowed for two pulls on the corkscrew rather than one. This results in a smoother cork pull and a smaller chance of breaking a cork, especially an old cork. Pulltap’s and early Coutale Sommelier models feature...


The Importance of Promotional Products To A Winery’s Bottom Line

/ Arthur Morgan

Imagine this – you’re the owner of a Napa Winery just off of the St. Helena Highway. A couple visiting the Napa Valley comes in – they’re from Louisiana and come once a year to the wine country to taste and bring home some wines. They purchase 6 bottles on their way out and your tasting rooms packages the wine in a nondescript cardboard box. You never see the client again. Now Imagine this – you package 2 of the bottles in a custom wine tote with your winery logo. The other four bottles are packaged in a logo-branded wood...


Wine-n-gear – A Re-Introduction To The Wine Industry’s Promotional Products Company

/ Arthur Morgan

Wine-n-gear started as a Wholesale Wine Accessories Company based out of Sonoma, CA. A factory direct importer of French Coutale Sommelier Corkscrews, Spanish Pulltap’s, “Ah So” Two-Prong Corkpullers, etc. Since 2007 we’ve been serving the Wine Industry – working with multinationals and boutique brands to manufacture and brand-customize high-end wine accessories at achievable price points. We’re proud of the work we’ve done. Some of our past Coutale Sommelier custom corkscrew projects can be viewed here. As wine-n-gear has grown within the industry we’ve had client’s come to us for more and more diversified reasons. Client’s who have worked with us...