How to Open a Bottle of Wine

How to open a bottle of wine

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Do you know how to open a bottle of wine? It may seem like one of those intuitive things you just know how to do. On the contrary, opening wine can take some practice, coordination, and a bit of direction. 

For the smoothest opening experience, you’ll need a corkscrew. We also recommend a foil cutter for the cleanest cut, but the blade of the corkscrew will also do the trick. Here’s the step by step breakdown!

How to Open A Wine Bottle

Carefully cut the foil with the blade of your corkscrew or foil cutter

Remove foil

Center the corkscrew and insert

Screw into the cork about 6.5 turns (leave a little screw peeking out!)

Place the first “step” of the lever onto the rim

Pull up

When half of the cork is out, place the second “step”

Pull up…

And cheers!

What if I forgot my corkscrew?

Sip happens. Sometimes we find ourselves in sticky situations where we’re forced to improvise. ​​If you’re wondering how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew, we also have some tips and tricks that may just save the day. 

In Vino Finito

Do you have any tips or tricks to share with us? Let us know in the comments!



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Our staff is full of passionate wine lovers. With our amazing sommeliers at the helm, we’ve been schooled on all things wine. We came together to write this article, in hopes of spreading a little wine-ducation with you.

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