Hot Wine How-Tos

How To: Get a cork out of a wine 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.

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: Remove the cork from a bottle without a corkscrew

If your out camping or out on a picnic and completely forgot your corkscrew for your wineglass then you can easily still remove the corkscrew from your bottle to enjoy your wine. To do so you will need a towel and to find a tree. Wrap the bottle in a towel and walk over to the tree. Beat the bottom of the bottle against the tree for a good couple of minutes. The beating of the bottle should loosen the corkscrew from the top of the bottle. Next after your finished grab and corkscrew with your ...

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: Open a bottle of wine if you don't have a corkscrew

If you've ever bought a bottle of wine and found out you didn't have a corkscrew, it can be a pain in the butt to open! In this tutorial you'll find out an easy way to open a bottle of wine without the need of a corkscrew. There are easy ways to do this and difficult ways, so make sure you do it the easy way and good luck!

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 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: Decant an old Bordeaux

Older wines benefit from being decanted because when you bring oxygen to your wine it helps to bring out the flavor. Notice the choices available when choosing a decanter as you watch this how to video.

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: Choose a good Chianti

This is a great episode that helps to explain exactly what Chianti is and what the different types mean. Gary tastes a couple different Chianti's and gives you his opinions and some great advice on how to choose a good Chianti (surprise you don't always have to pick the most known!)

How To: Choose a Stellenbosch South African red wine

Gary talks about four wines from an underrated region, South Africa. He reviews the following wines from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa: 2001 Warwick Estate Reserve Red, 2002 Warwick Three Cape Ladies Red, 2001 Rudera Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2003 Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon.

How To: Make wild grape wine

Ready to living a self-sustaining life? How's growing your own grapes and making wine out of them for self-sustaining? In this video, learn how to make a wild grape wine starting with grapes in their whole form. Get started making your own wine with help from this video.

How To: Make homemade wine from store bought grape juice

Tony Spinelli Sr., of Seymour, Connecticut, an expert at making homemade wine from store bought grape juice, shows and explains how to do it yourself. Tip: use Manishevitz grape juice for best results. May also buy pre-pressed vineyard juices for authentic Cabernets, etc.

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: 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 Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew

So, you have a date come over and everything's going fine, until... Damn! Where's your corkscrew to open the bottle of wine? Things might seem to be going downhill, but don't sweat it! If you have a screw & a screwdriver in your possession, this bottle of wine can be saved! In this video, learn how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew!

How To: Open a bottle of wine without an opener

Everyone's been there... You're about to share a glass of wine with a friend or loved one, and you can't find your bottle opener to open the bottle of wine. What are you to do? In this video, learn how to open a bottle using a screw driver, a screw and a pair of pliers. Warning: This ain't easy.

How To: Choose an oaky California Chardonnay

Gary tackles oaky, over the top Chardonnay’s. Watch today and see how Gary reviews these three Chards: 2004 Ramey Hudson Chardonnay , 2004 Robert Young Alexander Valley Chardonnay , and 2003 Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay. He also gives a great overview of choosing wine glasses to use.

How To: Compare California and French chardonnay

Technically it's the California Chardonnay vs. the French White Burgundy but since they both use the Chardonnay grape it's still a battle. In this video Gary tastes and compares two against two: 2004 Pessagno Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay and 2004 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay vs. 2003 Caves De Colombe Chassagne Montrachet and 2001 Matrot Puligny Montrachet Comb Ottes. See which Gary puts on top.

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: Properly taste wine

in this movie we're shown two different ways to taste wine. First is the fun way. you taste it and decide whether you like it or not. The way to process if your putting a little more effort into is broken down into a few steps. Look at the color. The color tells a lot about the wine. Younger wines tend to be more purple and older wines more red or brick colored. Swirl the wine in the glass. Sometime by looking at it your able to see legs which can possibly tell you how much alcohol content is...

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

In this video, Mike Supple from SuppleWine.com walks you through a few simple steps of opening a bottle of wine using a standard waiter's corkscrew. Mike begins by describing what a standard waiter's corkscrew is, showing it's parts such as the blade used to cut the foil, the hinge lever, and the worm (or screw). The first step in the video will show you how to properly cut the foil from the top of the bottle using the corkscrew's blade. The second step will guide you on how to insert and twi...

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: 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: 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: Home-brew mead honey wine

Mead isn't as Medieval as it sounds; it's a delicious alcohol made of fermetned honey and water. This how-to video series demonstrates the process of mead home-brewing. These videos will help you to understand better how the process is done and can act as a guideline for your own home-brew mead. Watch this video home-brewing tutorial and learn how to make mead honey wine at home.

How To: Make a White Peach Sangria

White Peach Sangria is a fruity wine base cocktail. Start by mixing brandy and riesling in a pitcher. Then add fruit (grapes, oranges, apples). Next add mango syrup (easily made from nectar), white peach puree, fresh squeezed orange juice, white cranberry juice, garnish with sugar cane. Chill once you have mixed thoroughly! This is a great and sexy sangria cocktail which can be made by the pitcher full and kept for days.

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: Brew wine at home

Watch these how to video to learn how to make wine at home. Its sure to tastes as good as any store bought wine. Our host goes over the basics of what you'll need to start making your own batch of wine and how to set up your brewery. He also guides you through the simple steps for making a delicious batch of white wine.

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