Tips & Tools for Opening a Wine Bottle with Finesse

Updated: May 21, 2020

A variety of Wine Tools on a wood table.

It seems pretty basic, but sometimes those corks can be tricky to get out of the bottle. Here are a few tips, tricks, and gadgets to make opening a wine bottle easier.

Wine bottles come with 3 different types of closures.

  1. Cork – traditional method.

  2. Screw top – a new method that is becoming more prevalent and acceptable.

  3. Glass – a new method that is still pretty rare and may not gain much traction.

We’ll focus on the traditional cork because I’m certain you’ve got the screw top covered and the glass closure is still pretty rare.

Removing the Foil

Wine bottles are finished off with a foil wrap that covers the cork and the top portion of the bottle. You’ve no doubt seen waiters use their wine key that has both a corkscrew opener and knife. They use the knife to cut the foil under the ridge at the top of the wine bottle. This is never very easy for me to do. So, I use the foil cutter wine gadget. This is very easy to use and you get the same effect.

A foil cutter makes it easy to remove that pesky foil on wine bottles. Just squeeze, twist, and voila!

Extracting the Cork from the Wine Bottle – a Few Options

There are quite a few types of corkscrews out there. The key is to try a few and see what works the best for you while keeping the cork intact. You don’t want a corkscrew that is always leaving pieces of cork in the bottle.