How To Open a Bottle of Wine

There are plenty of corkscrews loaded with bells and whistles out there, but don’t fall for them: A simple, classic waiter’s corkscrew―the type used in most restaurants―is really all you need. This video shows how to use it properly.

What You Need

  1. Check corkscrew with a serrated knife
  2. Check bottle of wine

Follow These Steps

  1. Remove the foil

    Using the corkscrew’s knife (or a serrated knife), cut around the top of the bottle, right under the lip—turning the bottle as you go—to remove the foil.

  2. Screw in the wine opener

    Position the corkscrew in the center of the cork and twist in the spiral, turning it clockwise. Don’t twist it entirely into the cork—leave a bit of the spiral (the equivalent of one twist) showing.

  3. Lift and pull the cork halfway out

    Place the corkscrew’s first bottle rest onto the lip of the bottle, and lift up the handle to pull the cork halfway out. Then place the corkscrew’s second bottle rest on the lip of the bottle, and pull again until the cork is almost—but not quite—out.

  4. Use your hand to pull the cork all the way out

    At this point, the cork should be loosened enough that you can work it out of the bottle with your fingers.