How to Open a Bottle of Your Favorite Wine Without Drips and Spills

Hello Wine Lovers,

I have seen and have heard of many stories about opening wine bottles with kitchen knives, spoons, forks, house keys, scissors, air pressure, shoes, screwdrivers and what not. I have been forced to try some of these methods myself. I bet that you might have as well. Some of these methods might work just ok when you do not have your corkscrew handy. Yet if you lack some of the skills and experience this would turn into a true catastrophe. You might end up having vino slipped all around and place and tiny pieces of glass everywhere. Cleaning this up is not nice. I have even watched a video on YouTube where 2 boys break a toilet with a bottle of wine while trying to open it without a screw driver.

I would rather fill a glass or two and enjoy, than pull my hair and clean the mess up. There is nothing the works better that the old corkscrew!
So let me share with you how I open my bottles of wine in a few easy steps WITH a corkscrew:

Wine corkscrew - your best friend

  1. cut the foil – foil covers the top of the wine bottle to preserve the wine cork from oxygen and dust. While pouring it catches small drips of wine. I use a foil cutter. If you do not have one around you could easily use a knife and cut the foil about half an inch below the lip of the bottle. This would prevent your wine from touching the foil when pouring
  2. insert the corkscrew – I would place the tip of the wine corkscrew in the centre of the cork. Then I start twisting until I have 1 or 2 twists left. This will prevent from any tiny cork pieces falling in my glass of wine, which can change the aromas
  3. gently pull the cork – if you have a wing corkscrew you just need to push the wings down gently until the cork is pulled out. If you have a regular corkscrew – just pull the handle firmly and lift the cork up till it pops.
A winged corkscrew is the easiest way to open your wine
A winged corkscrew is the easiest way to open your wine

You are done!

That’s it for now! I hope you have enjoyed this quick wine tip. Make sure you sip a glass of your favorite wine and enjoy!


How to Store Your Bottles of Fine Wine

I have found a few ways to store a couple of bottles of fine wine I got from some of my favorite wine cellars. It took me a while. I must be honest – I have already spoilt a few nice bottles. Do you actually know how to keep your wine bottles and them for a long period of time? If you are a real wine lover, who likes to preserve his/her wine bottles in a proper way, I would share a few easy tips that you could find useful:

  • keep it cool and dark – direct sun light is the #1 enemy of my wine bottles and it could make the wine age sooner, this might flatten wine flavour. Sunlight makes the temp raise which absolutely lowers the quality of your wine. The prefect temperature is between 45°F (7°C) and 65°F (18°C).  There is a small basement in my house which I use as a wine cellar – this is a nice place for your wine as well. Alternatively you could store the bottles in your pantry, as long as it’s dark and cool. Your kitchen is never a good choice – it is usually too warm and too light for your wine
  • humidity matters – wine professionals know that the right humidity level to preserve a bottle of wine is at about 70%, anyway something between 50-80% is acceptable and your wine will feel at home. The steady humidity level would keep the wine cork from drying out and will seal the bottle for longer
  • bottles on the sides – the best option is to store your wine bottles on the sides, because the beverage will constantly moist the cork. This would preserve your wine bottle away from oxygen getting inside the wine bottle, which can spoil the wine. Wine racks are prefect, well if you do not have one, just be creative. Look for various items at your place that could assist you and make a DIY wine rack – like Pringles boxes or used cardboard boxes that you could use in your wine project
  • keep the wine steady – vibrations could raise wine sediments from the bottom of the bottle and mix with the ingredients which could spoil the wine’s and result is loss of flavour. This is not as hard to do as you think, once you have your wine rack where bottles will stay calm till you pop the cork.

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Photo by: Michael E.

Are you about collecting and storing wine? I have decided to invest some money in a professional wine cellar. This will give me ideal conditions for my wine. If you like to save some cash – your basement or a dark and cool cabinet will also do the trick.

Please use the comments below to share your wine storing experience or the wine rack that you have created by yourself.