How to Open a Bottle of Wine

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Brandon Walsh, President of Hosted Wine Tasting, demonstrates the proper ways to open a bottle of wine.

    Brandon Walsh

    Brandon’s immense passion for wine and cooking led him to launch Hosted Wine Tasting; a company that offers wine tasting, food catering, and wine training services at the customer’s location. Besides his studies through the Wine Spectator School and Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, CA, Brandon has also traveled to vineyards and wineries throughout the world; most notably in the US, Italy, and France.

    Brandon Walsh: Hi, my name is Brandon Walsh. Today, we are discovering the wonderful world of wine. In this clip we are going to go ahead and look at the different wine opening techniques.

    I brought along with me today, a waiter's corkscrew, a winged corkscrew; also affectionately refer to as the two-arm bandit and finally a lever corkscrew. First, I am going to start with the waiter s corkscrew. Now the waiter s corkscrew is going to have a knife on the back of it, and that knife is simply to be able to peel away the foil that engulfs the cap of a bottle of wine.

    Now, if it does not come with the knife, you can always use the actual tip of the corkscrew itself and that will peel away that foil. Now, the waiter s corkscrew is a little bit more of manual labor. We are going to go ahead and put the corkscrew in between your index and middle finger and just start turning the wine, I like to turn the wine into the corkscrew; it makes it much easier as oppose to try to turn your hand in a lot of different ways. Just to get it going, now that I have it gone, the corkscrew is in, I line up the mouth of the corkscrew and simply pop the cork. I love that sound.

    Now, the winged corkscrew or again the two-arm bandit and it s called the two-arm bandit because of its two arms that we see here. I am going to go ahead and put this cork right back into the wine and now with the two-arm bandit, what we want to do is start with the arms up and just get the screw going to the cork. Okay, so now it is in, standing on its own. You can go ahead and use the top to keep turning it and as it screws into the cork, you ve probably noticed that the arms or wings have come up with the side and that s so you can push down and it will move the cap. It will move the cork out of the bottle. You can turn this some more, squeeze it down again and the cork comes out quite nicely.

    Now, finally and a little bit more expensive is the lever corkscrew. Let me go ahead and push this cork back in here. The lever corkscrew, you want to pull the lever all the way back so that the screw is high above the mouth and I go ahead and set that on top of the cork and squeeze at the base and slowly from all the way back, I will go ahead and move the lever over the top. Now, all I have to do is simply pull it back and the cork has been removed from the bottle. Simple, right?

    Next, I am going to talk about the proper etiquette for ordering wine in a restaurant.