How to Use a Corkscrew?

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How to Use a Corkscrew?

Ready to get into that expensive bottle of wine, but not sure how to start? A corkscrew is the basic tool used to get both real and synthetic corks out of wine bottles with elegance and ease. Learn to use one properly to impress your date or house guest.
Cut through the foil covering the top of the bottle. Using a reasonably sharp knife, cut around the under the rim at the bottle’s neck. You can also try use the tip of the corkscrew, if you don’t have a knife at hand. Make a full circuit around the bottle rim.
Remove the foil. Use your fingers to peel off the foil covering the cork. Removing the foil around the rest of the neck of the bottle is optional, but recommended, especially if you plan to re-cork the bottle and store it. If you have trouble with that lower foil, make a downward diagonal cut with your knife, starting from the rim.
Raise the arms of corkscrew. A butterfly, or winged, corkscrew has two levers to make pulling the cork out easy. Raise the arms so the corkscrew part thrusts out from the bottom.

Point the corkscrew at the center of the cork. Press the tip gently into the cork. Make sure the screw is pointing straight into the bottle neck.

Implant the corkscrew. Apply gentle but firm and steady pressure to the cork with the tip of the screw. Twist the screw using the key-like handle at the top of the corkscrew. The screw should slowly twist into the cork. Most corkscrews twist clockwise.
Keep twisting until the corkscrew is completely implanted. As you do this, the wings of the corkscrew should slowly rise to their top position if you had let them fall earlier. Make sure you don’t twist too far, or you may break the cork. Stop when the last loop of the screw goes in.
Push the wings down. Set the bottle on a flat surface and use both hands to push the levers down. This should easily and smoothly lift the cork out of the neck of the wine bottle.

Pull out the cork. Wiggle the corkscrew back and forth while applying a lifting pressure. The cork should come out of the wine bottle with a soft but satisfying pop.
Remove the cork from the corkscrew by twisting it. Raise the arms back up and hold the screw steady in one hand. Use the handle to untwist the corkscrew counter-clockwise until the two separate. Now let your wine breathe a few minutes and enjoy.


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