Wine Tips & Tricks

How to Open a Bottle of Wine

How to Open a Bottle of Wine

  1. Cut the foil below lower lip.
  2. Insert the screw in the center of the cork.
  3. Rotate corkscrew 6 half turns.
  4. Lever cork out slowly.
  5. Wipe off any tartrate crystals or sediment with a napkin.

Here it is again in pictures:

  1. Hold the bottle of wine stationary.
  2. Cut across the front, back, and top of the foil. Keep your fingers clear of the blade and the foil.
  3. Set the screw just off center and insert, rotating straight into the cork.
  4. Continue to screw into the cork until only one curl remains.
  5. Lever on the first step, then the second, finally easing the cork out with your hand.

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A waiter’s Friend

Before you learn how to open a bottle of wine you’ll need one essential tool, a simple waiter’s friend corkscrew. They are widely available at most grocery stores and cost around $8-15. Don’t get fancy. In nearly every case the waiter’s friend corkscrew will outperform other alternatives. Make sure it has a serrated blade, this will make cutting the foil much easier. Ready to start opening that bottle?

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Next Up: Pouring Wine

Now that you’ve opened your bottle of wine, up next, here’s a great tip on pouring wine without dripping (or messing up the label).

Pouring Wine


How to Open a Bottle of Wine Transcript

I’m going to show you my favorite way to open a bottle of wine. I like to use a corkscrew called a waiter’s friend. This one is a pull tap style opener. It’s easier because it has a two step lever, a serrated foil cutter, and a thin screw or spiral. The whole corkscrew is small and I like it because it costs only about $6.

I’m going to use this waiter’s friend to open a bottle of wine. First, cut the foil once around the front and once around the back. I like to cut across the top to make it easier to remove. *bam*

Insert the screw just off center. And rotate it to be parallel, going straight into the cork. You’ll rotate the waiter’s friend six and a half turns. The screw will have just one curl left if you’ve done it right. Start levering on the first step and then move up to the second. You can ease the rest of the cork out with your hand. As you can see there is one curl left on the screw with this particular type of waiter’s friend. It’s not too long so it hasn’t pierced the cork. That’s good. *throws cork* *hot sloppy wine pour* *daemon*

About Madeline Puckette

I'm a certified sommelier and creator of the NYT Bestseller, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. Find me out there in the wine world @WineFolly