Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How to open a bottle of wine


We were having a family dinner last Sunday, Madison made Shrimp Scampi Fettuccine and Sauteed Chicken Breasts.  Jocelyn brought a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio and Madison wanted to open it.  So Katie gave wine opening lessons and I thought we'd share them.

The first thing you want to do is to run the blade of your wine opener around, underneath the rim of the bottle to cut the foil.  When the foil is cut completely around the neck, remove the foil.

Next, you take your corkscrew and going in with the point, give it a good turn to get a start.  When it has a good start, holding onto the corkscrew, making sure that the screw is completely straight up and down, begin to turn the bottle or you can turn the screw, keeping it straight.

Don't turn the screw in too far, usually if you stop right before the last turn into the cork that is sufficient.  Now you can fold the corkscrew placing free side on the edge of the bottle for leverage.  Once you feel you have leverage and that it won't slip of the edge of the bottle, pull the handle straight up.  This should free the cork nicely.
Katie and Madison

If for some unfortunate reason the cork breaks off or maybe you can't find the corkscrew, use the traditional Irish remedy and push the cork completely inside the bottle to ensure a good flow.  Just remember, since you aren't able to recork the bottle, this leaves you in the predicament of drinking it all!

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