How To Make a Cork Display Using The Foil Top From Wine Bottles
Foil management, or how people cut and remove the foil affixed to a wine bottle’s neck, is always a moving target depending on who’s doing it. My favorite is when people dig the corkscrew through the foil, struggle to put the cork out until it breaks through the top of the foil, and then leave a mess of loose foil that looks like Edward Scissorhands opened the bottle. Then when you pour the wine it drips all over the place. Rookie move.
While foil management is a rather simple part of the wine drinking process, I’m going to show you the perfect way to cut the foil and present the cork using a stand made from the cut foil so you look like a pro all the time with almost no effort. All you need is a simple foil cutter like what is shown here. You can buy these on Amazon for next to nothing, or even at your local wine shop for a few bucks. They are handy to have around and make cutting a perfect foil top a breeze.
If you prefer to just use the small knife on your opener, or any other blade, that is fine too; it will just involve slightly more precision to make a good cut. And of course, if you don’t want to bother with making a nice cut and cork display, on most bottles, but not all, you can just grab the foil around the bottle’s neck and twist the entire foil piece around and up using your whole palm. The foil should slide right off the top of the bottle in its entirety. This results is a super clean bottle obviously, since you just removed the entire foil piece, and allows you to check out the cork inside the bottle for signs of bleeding.
But a cool way to do this, maybe even a pro way to do this as many sommeliers and waiters seem to do it, is to cut a perfect circle of foil from the top of the bottle, pull the cork, then place the foil upside down next to the bottle and place the cork on it, pressing down slightly so that the foil curls around the cork and holds it into place.
Now you have a display for the cork that is extra nice when you open a special bottle and want to display the cork for your special guests. This is a move I’ve seen at a few high end wine tastings which I always thought was a nice touch. But I’ve been doing this around our house for a while now when we’re entertaining. I’ve received a few comments, not many, but occasionally, someone will stop to take notice. So there it is – a simple little trick you can do every time you open a bottle of wine.
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