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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 screw
- Pliers or a hammer
- A pocket or paring knife
- A towel
Stick a screw into the cork.
With either your hands or a screwdriver, screw it into the cork until there’s only about half an inch sticking out.
With pliers or the back of a hammer, grab the top of the screw and carefully pull it—and the cork—out of the bottle.
Wrap the base
If you have nothing other than your bare hands—you’re on a desert island with nothing but a good bottle of cabernet (hey, it could happen!)—take some material, like a towel or a piece of clothing, and wrap the base of the bottle.
Find a smooth surface
Now find the smoothest vertical surface you can. A wall is ideal—a tree will do.
Holding the bottle horizontally, gently hit the wrapped base against the vertical surface again and again. As the wine sloshes back and forth, it will slowly drive the cork out far enough for you to pull it out the rest of the way.
Pour yourself a big glass, assuming you have one—you’ve earned it!