How To Open a Wine Bottle

How to Open a Wine Bottle

August 3rd, 2010 | Author: admin | Edit

opening bottleWe’ve all done it — wrestled with a screwdriver, coat hanger, letter opener, or Swiss Army knife trying to open a wine bottle. Or worse yet, tried to use an actual corkscrew that left you tugging and grunting while the cork stubbornly refused to budge and your girlfriend/boyfriend looked at you like you were some kind of moron… So let’s get clear on the correct and best way to uncork a wine bottle.

First, let’s talk tools. There are hundreds of weird, exotic and expensive openers on the market, but we swear by the tried and true Waiter’s Blade. This little item costs less than 10 bucks and folds up neatly to fit into your pocket, purse or briefcase (so you’re never without wine-opening paraphernalia). So let’s begin…

1 – Use the little knife blade  that opens out of your Waiter’s Blade to slice the foil capsule that waiters bladecovers the top of the bottle. Peel off the portion at the top of the neck just below the bulge, or give up being dainty and just rip off the whole thing.

2 – Flip open the corkscrew and place the sharp tip of the screw in the middle of the cork, at an angle. (This is a tip to make you look good, because starting the screw at a 45% angle (or so) will ensure the screw goes down the middle of the cork instead of veering off center).

3 – Begin pushing and turning the screw into the cork, working it towards the straight-up position. Keep turning until you see just one “loop” of the screw showing above the cork.

4 – Now flip the lever down so that it sits on the top edge of the bottle neck. Hold the lever against the bottle with your left hand and pull up on the long arm with your right hand. The cork should pull out most of the way.

5 – Now just wiggle and pull the cork until it comes all the way out, which shouldn’t take much effort. All that’s left to do now is to twist the cork off the corkscrew.

(Note: If you used a double-lever versi0n of the Waiter’s Blade, which I prefer, you did the lever and pulling thing in two steps instead of one).

Congratulations! You have looked cool and sophisticated while uncorking a bottle of wine. Now if you’re wondering what to do with the cork, that’s the subject for another lesson. For now, just pour some wine, taste and enjoy!

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