Opening a Wine bottle
Wine bottle opening 101. First tear off the capsule, the seal around the top of the bottle. Press the point of the corkscrew into the center of the cork. A good corkscrew has a coiled design. The solid-core screws tend to break the cork. I have found that turning the bottle, rather than the corkscrew on the first few twists makes the coil go in straighter. If the cork breaks, try fishing it out with the corkscrew, but your only option may be forcing it back into the bottle. Sparkling wines require a bit more finesse. Tear off the foil to reveal the wire cage. Place your thumb over the top of the cork and gently remove the cage. Point the bottle away from people and breakables. Turn the bottle slowly while holding the cork, letting the pressure in the bottle do the work. The cork should be eased out with a slight burp, and not allowed to pop out leaving you with rush of foam and a half empty bottle of bubbly.