Learning about wine will help you buy the best wine for you as well as improve your sense of taste. First things first, let’s learn how to open a bottle of wine.
Before you even think about enjoying your first bottle of wine your going to have to learn how to open it. So your going to need a good corkscrew. You can find them in most grocery store or department stores. Try to find one called a waiters friend corkscrew. They will most likely be better than the rest. Make sure that it has a serrated blade to make it easier to cut through the foil. make cutting the foil much easier.
Ready to start opening that bottle?
Get a good grip on the bottle of wine. While keeping your fingers clear of both the blade and the foil cut across the front, back, and top of the foil. Set the screw just off center and insert, rotating it straight into the cork. Continue to screw into the cork until only one curl remains. Lever on the first step, then the second, finally easing the cork out with your hand.
Now to get your confidence up, here are a few tips on how to pour that sucker:
If you are serving many people you might want to have a napkin handy to wipe the spout. Some like to poor while the label is facing out. This really isn’t a necessity it just shows to people what is being poured.
5-6 ounces is pretty much a standard pour of wine. You can measure it out if you want to have a nearly perfect serving every time 3/4 of a cup is about 6 ounces. Eventually, you’ll be familiar enough to pour the same portion accurately every time.
Rotate the bottom side of the bottle away from you as you stop pouring. It takes a little practice to get it right, but it should throw any last tiny drips off to the back of the bottle.
Look at it like this, the more you practice, the more wine you get to drink and the less you’ll spill!.
Practice does have its rewards.
Until next time, try these simple tips for yourself and friends. And always remember, never drive after enjoying wine!