Open a bottle of wine badly, and you'll likely end up with bits of cork for your guests to chew on as they sip. Save yourself the embarrassment by watching Food and Wine magazine's Senior Wine Editor, Ray Isle, show you how to open a bottle of wine like a pro.
How to open a wine bottle - Opening a bottle of wine
The corkscrew: Ray demonstrates opening a bottle of wine with a traditional waiter's corkscrew, which has three main parts: * a blade (often serrated) * a bottle opener/lever * a screw
Opening the bottle: 1. Use the knife end to cut around the base of the capsule (the metal part) and pop off the metal cap of the wine bottle.
2. Insert the tip of the screw at an angle, with the point digging slightly into the middle of the cork. This helps prevent you from hitting the side of the wine bottle.
3. Then put it straight in and begin turning the corkscrew while pointing the opposite end straight up so you can place your hand over the top.
4. Twist the corkscrew in until you can use the first notch of the bottle opener against the side of the wine bottle and push up. Twist more till you can reach the second notch or end of the corkscrew and use this notch or end against the top of the bottle to pull the rest of the cork out.