Yet another useless wine gadget: Bosch IXO Vino electric corkscrew

I love useless wine accessories. I don’t actually own any myself, but discovering them and trying to wrap my head around the reasons why they were developed is where the entertainment value lies. Using them, I figure, wouldn’t be half the fun.

It seems one of the most popular accessories to reinvent in an over-complicated way and sell for an extortionate price is the corkscrew. Given its simplicity, you would think there isn’t much that can be done to improve on it – but that hasn’t stopped people from trying.

Now, if I were Norm Abram, the American carpenter of This Old House fame who seems always to have a power tool for every task, I might want my corkscrew to have a little more, er, oomph behind it.

I thought I’d seen everything, but I must have had my head under a rock for the past couple of years because nothing prepared me for the moment when I came across the Bosch IXO Vino cordless screwdriver with corkscrew adapter.

Yes, that’s right. Bosch took its cordless screwdriver, a tool whose existence is already somewhat pointless, and improved it by…adding the word “Vino” to the name and adapting what looks like a Screwpull corkscrew to fit onto its chuck.

To reassure you this is a serious oenophile’s tool, it comes in a wooden box – because that’s how expensive wine is shipped, you know.

But wait, there’s more. Just in case you thought this was a wine-specific version of the electric screwdriver, Bosch has kindly included 10 regular screwdriver bits so that they say can be used on “conventional” applications as well, making the “IXO Vino special edition a truly multi-talented tool for wine enthusiasts and for everyone who wants to improve their home.”

Retailing at £59.99 but currently priced at £40.90 from Amazon (although cheaper elsewhere), it isn’t exactly a cheap corkscrew given the fact I could buy a simple waiter’s friend for as little as £2.

But at least Bosch is offering more for your money than what you get from Campagnolo when you buy their massively overpriced BIG Corkscrew, which sells for more than £100 and makes you do all the work yourself.  Same, too, with the similar bit smaller Campagnolo Miro corkscrew, which will still set you back a hefty £61 and, shame of all shames, isn’t even electronic.

One only wonders why products like these are thought up in the first place. Perhaps it is ideal for people who are unable to use traditional corkscrews, but I can’t help but think it is a clumsy choice compared to other option out there (I’m thinking the single lever-style corkscrews).

I can only assume, then, that someone at Bosch has gone completely mad and though this would add value to their product range. With that in mind, where is the battery-powered cordless foil remover or the automated, electric pourer/decanter? Stopping at just a corkscrew attachment for an electric screwdriver screams missed opportunity to me. They should have gone for a full range of accessories no one needs.