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How To: Drink from a bottle of wine without a corkscrew

Need to open a bottle of wine but don't have a corkscrew? Take heart, thou déboucheur. With this oenophile's how-to, you'll learn how to open a bottle of wine by forcing the cork down into the bottle with a narrow cylindrical instrument of your choosing. Note: This method is less than ideal unless you intend to drink the whole bottle.

How To: Open a bottle of wine with your shoe

In this how-to video, Jake Westerfeld, the online media coordinator for Cameron Hughes Wine, will show you how to open a bottle of wine with your shoe. In order to do this, you will need a shoe and any kind of wine in a bottle. Make sure you practice safety before attempting this, so wear goggles and gloves. First, place the bottom of the bottle inside your shoe. From there, hold the bottle and shoe so that the bottle is horizontal. Next, band the bottom of the shoe against the wall until the...

How To: Open a wine bottle with Gary Vaynerchuk

Learn how to open a bottle of wine from expert Gary Vaynerchuk of the Wine Library. Never struggle to get a wine bottle open again with these easy techniques to wrestle off that foil and pop the cork. Check out this video oeniphile tutorial and learn how to open a bottle of wine.

How To: Choose the right wine kit for homemade wine

Want to make homemade wine? You're going to need a wine ingredient kit. This video goes over your different wine kit options and the differences between them. Wine is easier to brew than beer because it doesn't involve any boiling, and you can make 30 750ml bottles using a standard wine brewing kit. This video explains which wine kits contain higher or lower concentrations of grape juice, which will in turn lead to a more or less full bodied wine. Homemade wine is easy to make, and choosing t...

How To: Decant old wine

Detailed steps to decant an old wine into a carafe. Purpose is to illustrate the extraction of sediment that settles as a wine ages using a candle to light the bottle and show sediment. Video uses an aged red wine and shows how a slow pour uses the bottles contours to catch sediment in slope of bottle. Decant old wine.

How To: Make homemade Spanish sangria wine

If you want to try making homemade sangria wine, this video will show you how it's done. You'll need some basic red wine, some spirits (like rum or cognac), some sugar, soda, cinnamon, fruit juices (orange and apple) and some freshly chopped fruit for garnishes.

How To: Learn about a bottle of wine from the cork

In this video from Fusion Guy 09, we learn about why people are interested in corks in bottles of wine. There are certain things you should look for when the cork is presented to you. You want to make sure the cork is firm and not cracking. If it is cracked, that means air could have gotten into the wine and stored it. If there is leakage or seepage that is a bad sign too. It might have been stored in a place that was too warm. You can also smell the cork for cork root. He said if you can sme...

How To: Make traditional Sangria

When it comes to powerful punches, sangria—which takes its name from the Spanish word for "blood"—packs a truly wicked wallop. But don't take our word for it; mix up a batch and let the fiesta begin.

How To: Open a bottle of wine with a "waiter's friend"

You can use a double action or winged corkscrew but American master sommelier Tim Gaiser recommends a "waiter's friend" corkscrew so called because of its universal use by, you guessed it, waiters. In this video, Gaiser demonstrates how to open a bottle of wine using this tool. Open a bottle of wine with a "waiter's friend".

How To: Make homemade mulled wine with warm spices, honey and orange bitters

Mulled wine— if you've never heard of it, you never drank wine during the wintertime! Okay, maybe mulled wine isn't the drink of choice during the winter season, but it should be! And especially for Christmas! Mulled wine is basically a warmed up version of red wine, with warm spices, honey and orange bitters to boot! It's the perfect winter warmer to sip with friends in front of the fireplace.

How To: Uncork a bottle of wine without a corkscrew

Sometimes you just don't have a corkscrew, and there's really no other way to celebrate with a bottle of wine without one— or is there? If you're daring enough, you can try out this method of boiling the bottle of wine, which will create steam gas inside the wine bottle, causing the cork to slowly rise out of the neck, until it pops off like a champagne bottle! Only try this method if you're willing to heat your wine slightly— it could ruin the overall taste.

How To: Make an easy, cheap mead in two weeks

If you're interested in making your very own mead from scratch and pretty quickly, check out this next tutorial. In this video, you will be making an easy, cheap mead in two weeks. If you don't know what mead is, it's a honey wine and is made from a bunch of different ingredients. This video isn't the normal way to make it, but is still pretty good. Enjoy!

How To: Open a bottle of wine with a traditional corkscrew

There are certain tasks that adults are simply expected to know how to perform: opening a bottle of wine with a traditional-style corkscrew happens to be one of them. Happily, the sommelier in this oenophile's guide provides a complete walkthrough of the process. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Make a jug of fruity sangria in one minute

Get drunker faster with this delicious summer recipe! Follow along and pull together all of your ingredients to make a fruity and delicious sangria in just a few minutes. This Spanish specialty works well for any occasion and you will enjoy taking a bite out of the wine soaked fruit in your glass. Enjoy!

How To: Properly open and serve a bottle of wine

Are you one to pop open a bottle of wine and throw back a few glasses immediately until it's gone? Well, you may not be aware of this, but there is a science to the proper way to open a bottle of wine. In this video, learn from Wine Tasters TV and Giammario Villa the correct way to open and serve a bottle of wine for friends or in a restaurant.

How To: Taste wine with Gary Vaynerchuk

Learn how to taste wine like a pro from expert Gary Vaynerchuk of the Wine Library. No need to be intimidated by wine tasting; pick up some pointers for maximizing your exposure to the flavors as well as how to spit that delicious wine right back out! Check out this video oeniphile tutorial and learn how to taste wine the wine snob way.

How To: Open and pour a bottle of sparkling wine

Loïc Le Calvez, senior winemaker of Taltarni Vineyards, has experienced all of the wrong ways that people open and pour sparkling wine: shaking the bottle, popping the cork, leaving the glass on the table while pouring too vigorously. Heres the right way to celebrate with bubbly. Follow along with this how-to video to learn the proper way to open and pour a bottle of sparkling wine.

How To: Sanitize your mead making equipment

If you make mead honey wine or are thinking about making some you have to be very conscious of the santization of your equipment. This tutorial looks at how to correctly clean and sanitize your equipment so you have a successful batch of mead.

How To: Make Glühwein German hot mulled wine

Glühwein is a spiced red wine served warm, primarily during the winter all around Northern Europe. It's a tasty and a great way to combat the cold. You will need red wine, lemon, cloves, cinnamon sticks, sugar, and amaretto and/or rum for extra flavor.

How To: Mix a kir cocktail

American Bartenders School shows how to make a Kir mixed drink cocktail recipe. You will need creme de cassis and white wine. Learn how to mix a kir cocktail by watching this video beverage-making tutorial.

How To: Choose a Spanish Priorat

Priorat is an up and coming wine from Spain and you may not have tried any before. So check out this video as Gary gives you a review of the following Priorat's: 2001 Rotllan Torra Reserva, 2004 Mas Doix Priorat Salanques, 2004 Mas Romanis La Basseta and 2004 Melis Priorat.

How To: Make a delicious sangria using white wines

A twist on the traditional sangria, this sangria uses Sauvignon Blanc. Apart from the wine, you will need: 1 ounce blueberry vodka, a splash of Triple Sec, a splash of peach mizer, a spash of watermelon mixer, watermelon cubes, orange slices and lime slices. Make a delicious sangria using white wines.

How To: Drink Merlot

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to drink Merlot. Begin by pouring the Merlot into the glass and gently spin it to allow the liquid to spin at the bottom of the glass. This will coat the sides of the glass with liquid and add some oxygen to the mix. Adding oxygen will allow you to get a better scent of the Merlot aroma. As you lift the glass up, look at the "leg" of the wine. Then smell the aroma of the wine. As you drink the Merlot, take small sips. This video will benefit those adu...

How To: Make instant sangria

In order to make a really good quick little sangria follow the directions in this video. Start by filling up about ¾ of a cup with wine. Add a splash of coke filling up about half of the remaining space in the cup. Add some fresh lime by squeezing a freshly cut lime. Then use a spoon or a stirring stick to stir the drink up a little bit. It is just that quick and you have a nice festive drink for your event.

How To: Make sangria

There is no better addition to a barbecue than a classic sangria. Rebecca shows an easy way of making this Spanish punch. There are various types of sangria which can be prepared easily by just changing the flavor through the use of a variety of fruits.

How To: Find good, cheap wine with Gary Vaynerchuk

Learn how to pick out a good, cheap bottle of wine from expert Gary Vaynerchuk. Look for great vintages, because a good year can carry a mediocre producer. The converse is also true; a good producer can make a decent wine even if the grapes were bad that year. Watch this oeniphile video tutorial and learn how to pick out a tasty, inexpensive wine.

How To: Store wine properly

Wine tastes wonderful when it's at its peak, but if you don't store it in the right place, wine quickly turns bitter. To discover all about propper wine storage solutions, Meghan Carter visited Wine Cellar Innovations. The tips she picked up will keep your wine tasting like it should.

How To: Try a Pinot Noir or Bordeaux

This video is a solid episode of happiness and Pinot Noir and Bordeaux. Check it out as Gary tastes and describes these wines for you: 2004 Vitae Chianti Colli Senesi, 2003 Mahoney Las Brisas Pinot Noir, 2002 Pieve Del Vescovo Lucciaio, 2003 Chat Haut Gardere, and 2003 La Cueva Del Contador.

How To: Choose a wine for weekday drinking

Sometimes you want a wine that's perfect for drinking on a school night (weekday) without being too overpowering or too dehydrating! Gary tastes some wines he think may be perfect for the mid-week palate: Kris Pinot Grigio, 2003 Pieve Del Vescovo Piovano, 2004 Mano A Mano, 2004 Rocky Creek Zinfandel.

How To: Choose a Cotes Du Rhone wine

Cotes Du Rhone wines are mainly Syrah and Grenache grape blends and in this video Gary tastes a few for you: Perrin Res Red Rhone, 2003 Notre Dame De Cousignac Cotes Du Rhone Hommage Leon Pommier, 2003 Guigal Cotes Du Rhone Red, and 2004 Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Villages Les Champauvins. Check it out and see what you think of these great value wines.

How To: Compare Californian Cabernet Sauvignons

In this episode Gary gives the California Cab's a run for the money and hopefully helps you choose the next Cabernet Sauvignon you buy (or don't buy). He compares 2004 Chappellet Signature Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Mount Veeder Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2004 Coup De Foudre Cabernet Sauvignon.

How To: Drink Chablis

We think you'll love this wine and Gary gives you the complete lowdown on drinking 2005 Domaine Pinson Chablis Montmains. So check it out and see if this wine is for you or not.