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How to Open a Wine Bottle Properly With Various Easy Steps

Filed in Articles by on April 30, 2021

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How to Open a Wine Bottle is very tricky to be very honest, most of these approaches aren’t completely foolproof. In reality, if done poorly or without due consideration, they are all liable to ruining the bottle of wine, such as cracking the cork and making it shed into the wine, chipping the wine bottle, or, in the worst-case situation, entirely breaking the wine bottle.

How to Open a Wine Bottle

So, unless you have a corkscrew, you can actually wait until you have a rare and/or costly wine that will ruin your heart is shattered in this process.

However, under all those cases (which, let’s face it, is normally the case), these choices will help you escape the gloom and have a nice vino-filled evening.

Opening a wine bottle is akin to opening a time capsule or a present. It’s a combination of celebration and transmission.

As a result, in the grand scheme of things, opening wine bottles is a little more difficult. It’s also difficult to do if you don’t have the right instrument.

We’ll go into how to correctly open a wine bottle in this article.

Normally, yes. Reasonably. But after that, everything is up in the air. We’ll be about how to open wine bottles without using a corkscrew.

Have a bottle of wine stain remover on hand just in case.

How to Use a Corkscrew to Open a Wine Bottle

It’s a step-by-step method to open a wine bottle using a wine bottle opener.

Let’s take it one move at a time. We’ll also presume you’re using a corkscrew on a wine key, which is a kind of wine bottle opener.

Step 1: Cut the foil under the lower lip of the bottle. Cut it all the way around the neck of the bottle. After that, you’ll be able to carefully peel the foil’s top layer.

As if you were replacing someone’s hat of courtesy. Placing the foil in your pocket is a good idea.

Step 2: Insert the corkscrew’s tip into the cork’s middle and press just hard enough to crack the cork’s surface.

This is where you’ll do your research. For now, you’re already positioning the corkscrew. Then, while still keeping the tip in place, straighten the corkscrew upright.

Step 3: Rotate the corkscrew six or seven times. Or however long it takes for the hook of the corkscrew’s lever to clip onto the upper lip of the bottle.

Step 4: Place the lever on the upper part of the bottle and press down to force the cork out. Don’t rush into this.

A ringing echo can not be heard. Wiggle and tug the cork gently until it is almost fully free, then pick it by hand.

How to Open a Wine Bottle

Step 5: Remove any sediment or cork fragments from the bottle’s rim.

Step 6: Place your corkscrew in your pocket and the cork on the bar. The procedure is equivalent if you don’t have a wine key and just use a corkscrew with two collapsible handles.

The difference is that you’ll need a knife to slit the foil if you’re trying to open a wine bottle with a corkscrew.

You still won’t have to angle the corkscrew’s tip before screwing it in. They’re made to sit directly on top of the wine bottle right out of the box.


So What if You Don’t Have a Corkscrew?

Without a corkscrew, how can you open a wine bottle?

You’re going to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew, wine opener, or bottle opener. It’s a subject that gets a lot of attention on the internet.

And, since the internet is the internet, there are several options available. Here are the most reliable.

How to Use a Lighter to Open a Wine Bottle

This is our preferred method of opening a wine bottle without the use of a wine opener. Please, however, exercise caution. It has to do with flames.

To expose the cork, first, loosen the foil or wax. Then, using a lighter, place the flame on the bottle’s bottom, just under the cork.

The goal is to warm the air under the cork. As a result, the air expands, pushing the cork outward.

To ensure that you’re heating all of the air, rotate the light around the bottle’s handle. You’ll see the cork creeping upwards and out in a minute or two.

Since there’s no chance of cracking the cork, and it’s not something you read about wine, this is our favorite way.

How to Use a Shoe to Open a Wine Bottle

Finally, the crowning achievement. Without a wine key, this is the most epic and artistic way to open a wine bottle. And the aid of a shoe.

During their certifications, every sommelier learns how to open a wine bottle with afoot, which is a little-known reality.

In case something goes wrong. That is not the case. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Let’s get down to it. Place the wine bottle upright in the shoe, where the heel will normally be. Find a rough board, preferably a brick wall, then repeatedly strike the bottom of the shoe’s heel on it.

The cork should have gone up slightly after a few kicks. You will then use your fist to wrestle it out.

How to Open a Wine Bottle

And, believe us when we say that nothing beats opening a bottle of wine with a shoe and pouring it straight into a good wine decanter.

If you’re interested in learning how to decant wine, here’s a fantastic resource. You should also learn how to clean a decanter so that the crystal stays in good condition.

Using a Sommelier Knife

With the folded knife, remove the cork foil

A folded knife on one end and a folded corkscrew on the other make up the sommelier knife (also known as a waiter’s corkscrew or a wine key).

Open the knife and score the foil just below the top of the wine bottle’s rim with it. Remove and discard the foil cap before closing the knife into its recess.

The foil should often be sliced only below the rim of the wine bottle to keep any wine from hitting it when poured; some sommelier knives have a pointed disc instead of a knife for removing the foil.

The wine’s flavor will be altered when it comes into contact with the foil.

The corkscrew should be unfolded and inserted into the cork

Place the corkscrew’s tip in the middle of the wine bottle’s cork, gently press it in, and then begin twisting it clockwise.

Continue to rotate the corkscrew until only one spiral of the screw is available. This normally requires 6 and a half turns.

If you twist the cork too hard, fragments from the bottom can end up in the wine; if you don’t twist far enough, the cork can break in half as you try to remove it.

Use the ridges on the lever arm to partially dislodge the cork

Bend the lever arm downwards into the bottle’s mouth. On the inside of the lever arm, there are typically two indentations or ridges.

Set the ridge nearest to the lever arm’s hinge over the bottle’s rim, then squeeze the lever arm backward and backward, creating friction that will nudge the cork upward.

If the cork hasn’t completely emerged, repeat the procedure using the ridge furthest from the lever arm’s hinge on the bottle’s rim.

You could not have bent the corkscrew in deep enough if the cork won’t budge. Twist it until you only have one spiral left then you can use the lever.

To Loosen the Cork, Pull up on the Handle

Pull up tightly on the handle and raise the lever arm until the gadget is in a T-shape once more (created in part by the lever arm).

With a gentle snap, the cork can quickly rise from the bottle. If the cork is causing you trouble, wiggle and twist it as you draw upward.

If the cork still won’t come out of the bottle, tighten the corkscrew further, raise the cork with the lever arm, and tug on the handle again.

Sommeliers in fine restaurants sometimes remove the corkscrew when the cork is only about halfway in the bottle, then remove the cork by hand.

The cork is put on the table for the customer to inspect the level of freshness.

You should ideally have a decent wine bottle opener. If not, make sure you’re wearing comfortable, firm shoes.

Once you’ve opened the bottle, you’ll be able to move on to the next phase in the wine service process: pouring wine.

You may also use wine pourers or wine glasses with pour lines to help you with your wine pouring. However, go with it and get the most out of your freshly opened bottle.

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CSN Team.

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