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Tiedemann On Wines: How to open a bottle of wine

The best way to learn how to open a bottle of wine is with lots of practice. Still, a few tips never hurt anyone.

Watch the video, and I’ll walk you through the steps to opening a bottle. Plus, I’ll share two ways to tell whether a bottle has gone bad due to poor storage — before you take a sip and learn the hard way.

There are lots of types of wine corkscrews, but these are the four most common ones.

In the video, I’m using a double-hinged wine key. It’s used in much the same way as a single-hinged one. The winged corkscrew is perhaps the easiest to use—simply twist the worm into the cork, then pull the arms down to lift the cork out.

The two-pronged cork puller is especially handy for grabbing the remnants of a broken cork out of the bottle.

Stay tuned for the next video in the series, where I’ll explain at which temperatures different types of wine should be stored.

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