Hot Wine How-Tos

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: 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: 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: 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: Use a shoe and no corkscrew to open a bottle of wine

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to open a wine bottle without using a corkscrew and just your shoe. First thing you need to do is to take off your shoe, then put the bottle bottom up in the shoe. Find a firm surface to hit against, best to use some sort of wall. Smack the shoe against it with the bottle in the shoe, heel towards the wall. Make sure you hold on to the neck of the bottle with the other hand. Depending on how far in the cork is, your going to have to whack it against the ...

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: 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.

HowTo: Make Sweet Wine Slushies

While some may enjoy the taste of straight up spirits, others enjoy sweeter alcoholic treats (booze popsicles or Jell-O shots, maybe). Here's a recipe for an after dinner dessert-drink: Sweet Wine Slushies from The Kitchn.

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: Become a Master Sommelier

The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the most exclusive organizations on Earth, having only inducted 158 Masters since it's inception in 1969. They are the kings of the wine-tasting world, and their wine knowledge and tasting abilities are unmatched. Does being an internationally recognized wine snob sound good to you? It does to us. This video features Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas giving a talk at Google about his life and how he came to be where he is, offering many tips and lessons...

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: 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: 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 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 like a sommelier

Opening a bottle of wine with ease in front of your guests is easier than you think. Entertaining expert Sebastien Centner shows you how. Get the cork out of a wine bottle without leaving any cork in it. This is with the precision of a professional sommelier.

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: 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: 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: Open a bottle of wine with no spills

Until you get the hang of it, removing the cork from a bottle of wine can be tricky. Check out these instructions for opening a bottle of wine using a wine key. This video shows you the parts of a wine key, preparing the wine bottle, opening the wine bottle, troubeshooting is the cork breaks and finally serving the wine.

How To: Properly store wine for correct aging

Good wine gets better with age, and some wines have an ideal open date years after the label on the bottle. How can you tell what wines will age well, and how to age them properly? This video answers all the questions you have about how to properly age wine. Properly store wine for correct aging.

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: 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: Homebrew your own mead

For the fantasy lovers, or a person wanting to get into wine making and has always wanted to make their own mead, this video has everything. You will learn how to create your own gallon jug of mead from scratch with raisins, honey, and water!

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