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Video:How to Open a Bottle of Wine

with Ben Kurtzman

Until you get the hang of it, removing the cork from a bottle of wine can be tricky. Check out these instructions for opening a bottle of wine using a wine key.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Open a Bottle of Wine

Hi, I am Ben Kurtzman for About.com Food and I am going to show you how to open a bottle of wine using a wine key.

Parts of a Wine Key

Let me start by introducing you to the different parts of the wine key. There is the knife, which we use to remove the foil around the top of the bottle. This is the corkscrew, which we turn into the cork. And there is the lever, which we will use to help extract the cork from the bottle.

Prepare Wine Bottle

The first step is to remove the foil from the top of the bottle. Use the knife to cut around the top. Now, twist the corkscrew firmly into the center of the cork. When the corkscrew is in deep enough, hook the claw on the side of the bottle.

Open Wine Bottle

Now you can lift up on the other end of the wine key, and using leverage, the cork should come right out. If everything goes smoothly the cork should come out with a satisfying pop and in one piece.

Cork Troubleshooting

If some pieces of cork break off into the wine, you can still drink it. Simple pour the bottle through a strainer and enjoy the wine from a decanter.

Serving Wine

For many wines, it is a good idea to open them a little while before you plan to serve them to give it an opportunity to breath. And finally, pour the wine in to a glass and enjoy.

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