I’m Ray Isle from Food and Wine Magazine, senior wine editor, and I’m here to talk about how to open a bottle of wine.
I’m a big fan of the classic waiter corkscrew. It’s got three main parts: the little knife, you’ve got this doodad and you’ve got the screw itself. There’s usually a rim around the bottom here. This is called the capsule, this metal part. Go around the base of this little rim, it’s much easier than going around the top of the rim.Then pop off the little metal cap.
Then what you’ve got to do — this is the key part, getting the cork out of the bottle. Take the screw at an angle, so that this little point goes straight in. Then put it straight in and turn it straight up and down. That gives you an angle that puts the corkscrew right in the center of the cork. What you want to do is get it right in the center of the cork so that you don’t run into the sides of the glass. You twist it, and use the first part to bring the cork out a little bit, move over to the next part, pull that cork out and it makes that nice popping sound, and that’s great.
I’m Ray Isle, and that is how to open a bottle of wine.