It's actually pretty simple to open a bottle of wine. These steps are for a double-action, or wing, corkscrew, which has two arms (or wings) that help lever the cork out of the bottle.
- Remove the top of the lead or foil capsule by cutting around the rim of the bottle with the sharp point of the corkscrew. The arms of the cork-screw will have to be raised for this step. You can also make a slit in the foil and remove the whole capsule before beginning.
- Stand the bottle on a flat, hard surface at mid-chest level or lower. Lower the arms of the corkscrew. Holding the corkscrew as vertically and straight as possible, place the sharp end directly into the middle of the cork.
- Securely grasp the top of the bottle and the lower end of the corkscrew with one hand.
- With the other hand, begin turning the handle of the corkscrew clock-wise, applying an even, constant downward pressure into the cork. As the corkscrew goes into the cork, its arms will begin to rise.
- Apply more pressure if the corkscrew will not penetrate the cork.
- Keep turning the handle until the arms of the corkscrew are completely raised and the screw is well into the cork.
- With one hand on each arm of the corkscrew, press the arms down. This will lift the cork out of the bottle.
- Wrap your hand around the base of the corkscrew and lift straight up.
- Remove the foil, if necessary.
- Twist the cork off the corkscrew.
- Wipe the rim of the bottle with a clean, damp towel before serving, to remove any stray pieces of cork and, more important, any lead left.