Corkscrew obsolete?

Finally, wine lovers will be interested to hear about the invention of a cork that does not need a corkscrew.

According to the Times, it is called the Helix cork - and it has a thread finish that drinkers can twist in and out of the neck of the bottle.

Its creators, a Portuguese cork manufacturer and American bottle maker, hope it will revive the popularity of corks which they believe drinkers have always preferred.

The Mail says the companies claim that wine stored with a Helix cork tastes no different to a classic bottle, and important factors used by critics to judge wine - such as colour and smell - are also unaffected.