I've broken 2 of these so far in the exact same way. The way this works is that the bottom 2 pieces screw into each other clamping around the metal lid. Since this sits under the level of the wine it needs to be tight in order to prevent leaking. The top lid piece also screws on. The cap has a gasket in the top of it to make a tight seal. The problem is when you try to unscrew the lid the bottom part will come unscrewed as well. The bottom threaded part is really thin where the threads start. That is the place it has broken both times for me. They need to make this part thicker and it would probably solve all the issues i have with it. It can't handle the stress of being tight and will split at the threads eventually.