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How to Open a Wine Bottle

How to Open a Wine Bottle

Once you’ve learned how to open a wine bottle, you can add a level of splendor to any meal. Wine can enhance and enrich the flavors of dishes, and certain wines pair better with certain meals. Best of all, you only need three things to open a wine bottle: a bottle of wine, an opener of your choice and a clean, damp kitchen towel.

Different Kinds of Wine Openers

Opening a wine bottle requires a bottle opener, naturally. And there are several different kinds to choose from.

  1. Corkscrew: Wine corks, which are small and smooth, are difficult to grip and remove since they are inserted fully into an inflexible glass bottle. That’s why a corkscrew is necessary. In Its simplest form, a corkscrew consists of a pointed metal spiral, called a worm, attached to a handle. It screws into the cork and pulls upward to remove it. There are several styles of corkscrews. Some incorporate various systems
  2. Wine key: Often referred to as a waiter’s corkscrew, a wine key adds a lever to the equation by resting the wine key on the top of the bottle to help you pull the cork out. Although a wine key requires a bit of skill, it does need far less arm strength than a traditional screw pull-style corkscrew.
  3. Winged corkscrew: This style is likely the most common and easiest to use kind of wine openers. It uses two levers, hence the reference to wings. With a winged corkscrew, you don’t have to worry about getting the angling just right. As you turn the handle, the worm cuts into the top layer of the cork and moves downwards into it, while the wings on the corkscrew will slowly start to rise up as you turn the handle. From there, all you have to do is push them both back down and the worm will pull the cork out of the bottle.

While all three of these openers work slightly differently, they each remove wine corks. So, the right choice for you is the one you’re most comfortable using.

Step By Step

  1. Hold the bottle of wine stationary, level and with the bottom of the bottle flush against the counter.
  2. Use a knife to cut the foil below the lower lip of the wine bottle. Some wine openers will have a retractable blade on them. In a pinch, the pointy end of the worm can be used to cut the foil.
  3. Insert the worm slightly off center and into the middle of the cork.
  4. Rotate corkscrew into the cork until only one curl on the worm remains visible.
  5. Remove the cork slowly. That means pulling back with the corkscrew, lifting up with the lever of the wine key or pressing down on the wings of the winged corkscrew
  6. Use the damp kitchen towel to wipe up any spilled wine drops and remove any cork dust.

Instructions for Opening a Wine Bottle

  1. Hold the bottle of wine stationary, level and with the bottom of the bottle flush against the counter.
  2. Use a knife to cut the foil below the lower lip of the wine bottle. Some wine openers will have a retractable blade on them. In a pinch, the pointy end of the worm can be used to cut the foil.
  3. Insert the worm slightly off center and into the middle of the cork.
  4. Rotate corkscrew into the cork until only one curl on the worm remains visible.
  5. Remove the cork slowly. That means pulling back with the corkscrew, lifting up with the lever of the wine key or pressing down on the wings of the winged corkscrew
  6. Use the damp kitchen towel to wipe up any spilled wine drops and remove any cork dust.

Once the bottle of wine is open, pour the wine into a clean wine glass, take a sip and enjoy the varying notes that come from different varieties of wine.

Some of Our Favorite Recipes That Feature Wine

While most people know it as a beverage, there are several recipes that call for wine to add flavor to them:

Now that you know how to open a wine bottle, consider several drink recipes:

Wine is a versatile and delicious drink. Start experimenting now to learn how wine can enhance your favorite recipes and cocktails. Remember to always drink responsibly. Cheers!

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