How to use a wine opener
How to open wine bottles
Perhaps you recently subscribed to a wine club, landed a job as a bartender or waiter, or just don’t want to always feel obligated to buy twist-off bottles or boxed wine to avoid using an opener.
Certain handheld wine openers are easier to use than others, especially if you don’t exactly consider yourself a sommelier. But no matter which one you choose, they’ll all get rid of that pesky cork standing between you and your drink, so you’ll be sipping in no time.
How to use a wine key
- Waiter’s corkscrews, aka wine keys, like the Le Creuset Waiter’s Friend Corkscrew, come with a small blade. Start by using it to remove the foil covering the cork.
- Drill the corkscrew, also called the “worm,” into the cork.
- Once it’s in deep, anchor the corkscrew on the bottle by putting the notched metal arm on the lip of the opening. Pull up on the handle, which will exert pressure onto the arm and allow the cork to pop out. If the corkscrew features a second notched ledge, as the OXO Steel Double-Lever Waiter's Corkscrew does, reposition the opener to sit on the bottle on that second ledge once the cork has been pulled out as far as it can.
- Keep lifting up on the handle until the cork dislodges.
How to use a pocket corkscrew for wine
The Pocket Corkscrew takes away the arm and ledge dynamic of wine keys — but might be more frustrating.
- After taking off the foil, start by removing the corkscrew’s sheath and slide it into the cork.
- Turn until the worm is fully inserted.
- Pull outward on the handle to remove the cork.
Without the extra leverage, users may find themselves tugging away and making little progress.
How to use a winged opener for wine
Everyday wine drinkers will have a simpler time with winged openers such as the affordable TableCraft Chrome Wing Corkscrew.
- After removing the foil with a separate knife, sit the winged corkscrew on top of the cork.
- Turn the worm into the cork using the small handle on top.
- The wings will rise as the worm digs further into the cork. Once the wings make a “Y” shape, press them both down at the same time. The worm will bring up the cork.
How to use a lever corkscrew for wine
Lever corkscrews like the Brookstone Compact Wine Opener serve as somewhat of a hybrid between the wine key and winged opener.
- After discarding the foil from the neck of the bottle, place the corkscrew atop the wine bottle with the lever in the upward position.
- Press the lever all the way down to insert the worm into the cork.
- Raise the handle back up to take the cork out of the bottle.
With only two motions, these can be a user-friendly option like the winged opener.
How to use an electric wine opener
Take out most of the physical work with an electric opener.
- Remove the foil on top — the Food Network Electric Wine Opener comes with a separate foil cutter — line the worm up over the cork and press the “down” button.
- Users will feel the worm be unable to penetrate any deeper, at which time they should press the “up” button to pull the cork out.
Dana Rose Falcone is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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