How to Open a Bottle of Wine Like a Pro
Opening a bottle of wine can be quite difficult if you’ve never done it before, but with this step-by-step guide you’ll be opening bottles of wine like a pro in no time.
Your best choice of corkscrew is always the traditional Waiter’s Friend. Not only is it the choice of professionals, but it also comes equipped with everything you need to open a bottle of wine with ease. Best of all, it’s usually very affordable too.
If you prefer to use a corkscrew that has a wing or lever aid, there are more expensive options on the market. Here’s what these look like.
Step one: buy yourself a Waiter’s Friend corkscrew.
…Ensure all the parts are there: the two part step (far right), the foil cutter small knife, which folds out much like a swiss army knife would (top, far right), handle (left) and corkscrew (middle). Although these can be very affordable, don’t compromise on quality, because a corkscrew that will last and works well is certainly worth any wine lover’s money!
Step 2: Safely retract the foil cutter knife from the head of the corkscrew.
Step 3: Using the foil cutter knife you will need to score the foil around the lip of the bottle. Take care and do this slowly so the knife does not slip. Hold the bottle still on a flat surface.
Some people will suggest cutting under the bumped lip of the bottle, however my personal preference is to do it just above. This is purely for aesthetic appeal. You should bear in mind you are removing only enough foil so that the wine does not make contact with the foil when you pour the wine.
Begin scoring firmly around the lip of the bottle. Again, make sure you firmly hold the bottle in place with your other hand. Use your thumb of your cutting hand to ensure you’re applying the right pressure.
If you feel confident, once you have completed a full circle with the blade around the lip of the bottle, you can carefully flick the foil off the top with the knife.
Step 4: Those less confident should remove the foil you have scored by pulling it away from the bottle lip.
Once the foil has been removed, you’re ready to insert the corkscrew.
Step 5: Open the corkscrew to the winged position like above. Make sure the knife is returned safely into the corkscrew handle.
Step 6: Insert the corkscrew into the middle of the cork. Keeping the corkscrew as straight as possible, apply even pressure downward and begin to twist the corkscrew handle.
You should keep going until all of the screw has disappeared into the cork. Make sure you are holding the bottle firmly.
Step 7: Using the first step of the corkscrew, pull the handle upwards, holding the bottle firmly in place with your free hand.
Step 8: Using the second step on the lip of the bottle once the cork is half way out, finish pulling the cork from the bottle neck.
It’s great practice to wipe the bottle lip and inside of the bottle neck with a slightly damp cloth once you have removed the cork. This ensures the lip is completely clean for pouring the wine.
Voila! There you have it: you have opened a bottle of wine just like a pro. Now you can enjoy the wine inside… 😉