I’m being pushed by more than one person to do more posts with cooking tips, or even a cookbook. One person suggested a regular weekend feature with a recipe and prep photos.
Dunno about all of that… but here is a little item you might like.
How to fancy up a wine bottle on the cheap.
I bet you usually just cork your bottle and put it on the table.
Sometimes people fuss over the cork, sniffing it and all that. I don’t think you really learn much from the cork, after you have checked to make sure that it is in good shape, and not soggy from the wine or compromised in such a way that your wine will be "corked".
Still, there is something to the ritual of opening the bottle and fussing with the cork.
Unless you have one of those bottles with a twist cap… which aren’t all that bad, frankly… and you have a bottle with a good cork, after the rigmarole with the cork you might want to fancy up your bottle’s presence a little. It takes but a moment and it makes your presentation a little more interesting.
Let’s have a look.
1) Cut around the cap, as usual. But…. don’t cut all the way around. Leave about 1/2 inch uncut.
I don’t like these cutters with a serrated edge… but it was the closest to hand.
2) Do the same a little farther down the cap, again leaving the corresponding part uncut.
3) You should now be able to lift up the top of the cap.
4) You can then also lift up the lower "ring" you cut.
5) Bend the structure down so that it looks like this.
6) Open your bottle, being careful not to tear the structure you made.
I prefer lever corkscrew. I have a really spiffy huge corkscrew made by Campagnollo which I’ll show you sometime.
7) Slip the cork into the ring and crimp it down close to the bottle’s neck so that the ring grips the cork.
Just a little fun with corks and wine bottles.
I learned this in a little restaurant in Bayeux, Normandy.