How To: Open a Bottle of Wine
What You Need
Follow These Four Easy Steps
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.
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.
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.
At this point, the cork should be loosened enough that you can work it out of the bottle with your fingers.