Opening a wine bottle and hearing that ‘pop, especially after a really long day has got to be the most relaxing sound ever. For as long as wine is bought in glass bottles sealed with corks, corkscrews have become a necessity and a big part in the life of any wine lover.
The corkscrew may seem like a pretty simple subject – it’s a tool that serves one basic purpose, after all. But you’d be surprised how broad and varied the market for wine openers is.
If you love wine you will definitely want to have around a very dependable wine opener. We shall look at some detailed instructions on how to use different cockscrews. We shall also have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of various types of openers.
How to use a wine key?
The wine key waiters’s friend style wine opener is arguably the most elegant corkscrew and it no wonder that it used by waiters. This opener has three basic parts, the knife, the worm and a series of notched levers.
The wine key could also have a very short blade depending on the brand model and this can be used to cut through the foil supposing the cork is covered with it.Once you remove the foil from the wine bottle, what you have to do is properly drive the worm or the spiral into the cork.
One should pay close attention to ensure that the entirety of the worm is inserted into the cork rather than just the end of the worm. The next step is, thankfully, not to firmly set the bottle between your thighs and yank out the cork with Herculean strength.
The corkscrew saves us face and adds some class to any social gathering. Therefore, with the worm firmly in place, hinge the notched levers towards the bottle until the first notch is flush with the rim of the bottle. With the notch in place, lift the handle as far up as possible.
The worm will move with the handle thus removing the cork in the process. However, after this process there is still some cork left in the bottle so the next step is to hook the next notch to the rim of the bottle, raise the handle and the cork will be entirely removed from the wine bottle.
It is important to take your time. Trying to forcefully remove the cork may result in it being broken before it is entirely removed. One should not forget to un-screw the wine cork from the corkscrew worm, close it then place it away when the job is completed.
It is an extremely portable opener but requires some level of skill so as to be used. This is because if done wrong, a person risks tearing and fracturing the cork in the bottle opening process, resulting in little crumbs in the drink and this may ruin the whole experience. However, once a person gets the hang of it, it is quite an easy process.
How to use an electric wine opener?
The electric-wine opener is operated by one single switch. The switch has two functions. First press the very lower-part of the switch to remove a cork from a bottle.
After you have removed the entire cork from the bottle, press the upper-part of the switch to release a cork from the mechanism.Before remove the cork you must remove any foil from the bottle using the cutter provided.
Place the electric-wine opener on-top of the wine-bottle making sure that it remains as upright as possible at all times. If you hold the electric-wine opener at an angle to the bottle it will not remove the cork properly.
Make sure to hold the opener firmly and stop pressing the lower-part of the switch. At this point the worm is supposed to turn in a clock-wise-direction and enter the wine cork, and then slowly pull it from the wine bottle.
Once the whole opening process has stopped the wine cork has been removed. What you have to do is lift the opener from the bottle. To remove the entire cork, simply stop pressing the upper-part of the corkscrew switch.
The spiral will turn-in a anticlockwise direction and release the cork. Always return the opener to the recharging stand when finished with it. This will protect the mechanism while it is not in use.
It has been noted that the opener may experience problems with a small percentage of plastic/synthetic corks and undersized corks, if in this case the cork should be removed manually.
Such openers are ideal for people with limited strength or arthritis because they’re extremely easy to use but might not be ideal for the wine pros that like to show off their prowess in opening wine bottles. They are also not so portable and can only be used at home.
How to use a rabbit wine opener?
The rabbit style wine opener is one of the easiest corkscrews to use. It consists of a clamp that goes round the bottle and a lever that controls the spiral. First, we need to remove foil cap with separate foil cutter.
Place the cutter on the wine-bottle like a bottle cap. Press two sides of the foil cutter firmly against the foil cap while turning bottle. If wine bottle has a wax seal, remove before opening.
To use the opener, place the lever so the spiral is up and clamp the handles around the neck of the bottle. Move the lever up so that the spiral can penetrate into the cork and then down so as to extract the cork. Clamp the cork and move the lever up and down so as to extract the entire cork from the spiral. Just like that the wine bottle is open.
The rabbit style opener is, however, a bit expensive but of course this is compensated for by its ease of use.
The big innovation of this system besides reducing everything to one lever is allowing the person opening the bottle to have control off the bottle (through the clamp). The lever design’s styling decreases the effort needed.
How to use a simple wine corkscrew?
The basic travel corkscrew is the most convenient opener especially for someone on the go. It is also the simplest design of the whole bunch.
They are small and very affordable, and are thus a very important accessory for wine lovers. Travel corkscrews are made up of two parts, the worm and handle.
All you have to do is remove the sheath and put it through the whole at the top so that it becomes T shaped. Once this is done, turn the corkscrew worm into the middle of the cork until it is the last-turn of the worm that sticks-out of the cork.
Grasp the T-shaped handle and pull out the cork slowly. Gently twist and pull the cork from side-to-side until it all comes out. Hold the neck of the bottle with the free hand while pulling.
You should remember to un-screw the wine cork from the corkscrew-worm after removing it then remove the entire sheath and put it back on the worm.
Alternatively one can put the bottle between their knees and pull out the cork. It is, however, not easy to use this method without hurting one’s hands and is also not convenient for the not so patient.
It is a method that requires brut force, is hard to use but can be very satisfying especially when one wants to show off.
How to use a lever (winged) wine opener?
The winged corkscrew has a circular mouth that goes round the opening of the bottle and this makes it easier to open the bottle because there is no hussle involved in getting the screw in the middle or keeping it perpendicular.
Such a corkscrew normally has two long levers which are called the wings and which are positioned on the corkscrew sides of a center-ring.
Inside the corckscrew ring there exists a long solid metal spiral which is called the worm, and this is controlled by a point that can be well twisted at the top.
What to do first is remove the foil from the bottle and this is done by cutting a circle underneath the rim of the bottle using a small knife thus exposing the cork. Embed the corkscrew.
Raise the arms of the corkscrew up so the worm is protruding completely from the bottom. Hold the bottle with the other hand and insert the very top of the corkscrew into the very top of the cork at any angle.
Once it is firmly embedded, raise it upright and maintain the hold on the bottle, then twist it clock-wise and using the tab that is on-top of the winged cork-screw.
Keep twisting the opener until it is embedded fully. At this point the wings are fully stretched outwards. Grab them and pull them down and this should simultaneously pull out the wine cork from the bottle.
To remove the wine cork from the corkscrew, hold onto the cork with one hand, twist the knob of the opener counterclockwise until the cork comes free. This opener is quite cheap but unreliable.
It is known to shred apart even the most well made corks. Another drawback for winged corkscrews are they tend to be mediocre at everything. They don’t give you the intimacy or style of a waiter’s friend.
They are also not so durable and are known to last for just over a year. It is therefore not ideal for someone who does not want to spend so much money buying new openers every year.
How to use two pronged wine opener?
Next on our list is the ah-so butler’s thief or the two pronged wine opener.
It is nicknamed the butler’s thief because it was easy for the butlers in the olden days to just pull out the cork, take some of their masters’ wine and put it back in without much damage.
At first sight, the opener does not look like it can pull out a cork. It is cheap, quick and quite easy to use and is highly recommended for old vintage wines which are made with brittle corks. It also allows for sampling of wine before reinserting the cork and is thus crucial in the wine making industry.
It basically consists of two prongs, one longer than the other. To use one, all you have to do is put the long end between the cork and the bottle. Do the same for the other prong on the other side of the cork.
Wiggle the two ends until the prongs are all the way in the bottle. After this just pull out the wine cork as you twist around the bottle. This method requires some skill as a beginner risks sending the cork into the wine bottle.
It requires good motor skills and a lot of patience. However, it is a very quick method once fully mastered.
Air pressure opener
The air pressure wine opener is a great alternative when a large number of bottles need to be opened within a short time. What one needs to do first is cut the foil on the wine-bottle using a sharp knife to reveal the cork.
Carefully slide the opener into the bottle until the spike is firmly embedded into the cork. After this, pump the wine opener about three to four times and out pops the cork.
It is a very quick and easy method to open a wine bottle using science but could be a bit unruly if someone does not know how to properly use it.
Wine lovers should choose their wine openers with care. It not only provides a statement about one’s wine sensibilities but also should provides years of practical value.
It is important to consider the durability, ease of use, portability and skill that shall be required in order to use the opener. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the beauty and advantages of each opener but once a person consider their needs then it is easier to find the right one.
All in all it is important to weigh out the pros and cons of each opener before purchasing one. It is important to choose one that best suits your needs because there’s a chance that you’re going to need a wine opener some point in life. After all, who doesn’t love a fine bottle of wine?