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Know your Pinot from your Merlot and learn the proper way to open, pour, taste, and appreciate wine with this video series.
You Will Need
- A traditional or waiter's corkscrew
- A bottle of wine
- A napkin
- A specialty wing- or lever-style opener
Cut metallic foil
Cut the metallic foil or plastic wrapper covering the cork, using the bottle's lower lip as a guide. Press the blade against the foil wrapper, and score all the way around the bottle's circumference.
Place bottle upright
Place the bottle upright on a flat surface, or hold it between your knees slightly angled toward you at a comfortable height.
Screw into cork
Dig the tip of the corkscrew into the middle of the cork, keeping it as straight as possible. With an even, downward pressure, rotate the screw clockwise until it disappears almost entirely into the cork.
Grip with lever
Pivot the metal lever of the corkscrew so that the forked indentation grips the edge of the bottle's mouth and the corkscrew's handle is pointed down.
Holding the bottle firmly in place, grasp the handle and pull it straight up. The cork should come completely out.
Wipe the rim
Wipe the rim of the bottle with a clean, slightly damp napkin to remove any cork dust or residue before pouring. Salut!